Patent Number: 6,168,240

Title: Atmospheric detection system for an automated mining system

Abstract: An atmospheric detection system for use in a mine that includes a continuous miner used in highwall applications. The continuous miner includes a rotary cutter head attached to a frame and one or more motors for driving the rotary cutter head. A methane sensor adapted to detect an atmospheric condition is mounted to the continuous miner and positioned in close proximity to the rotary cutter head. A display is coupled to the methane sensor for displaying the atmospheric condition of the mine at a location remote of the methane sensor. A tramming conveyor and a load-out vehicle can be coupled to the continuous miner. The atmospheric detection system is adapted to be used in an underground mine where the continuous miner is positioned in a portion of the mine having an unsupported roof. The atmospheric detection system can be used in wing mining applications as well as highwall mining applications.

Inventors: Stickel; Danny L. (Jane Lew, WV), Retzer; Patrick E. (Greensboro, PA)

Assignee: Archveyor Pty Ltd.

International Classification: E21C 35/22 (20060101); E21F 17/00 (20060101); E21F 17/18 (20060101); E21C 27/24 (20060101); E21C 27/00 (20060101); E21C 35/00 (20060101); G01N 33/00 (20060101); E21C 035/22 (); E21C 035/04 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018