Modern Coal Related Technology
Underground Mining Equipment

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous Miners

A machine with a large rotating steel drum equipped with tungsten carbide teeth that scrape coal from the seam. Operating in a “room and pillar” system – where the mine is divided into a series of 20-to-30 foot “rooms” or work areas cut into the coalbed – it can mine as much as five tons of coal a minute – more than a miner of the 1920s would produce in an entire day. Continuous miners account for about 45% of underground coal production, and also utilize conveyors to transport the removed coal from the seam. Remote controlled continuous miners are used to work in a variety of difficult seams and conditions and robotic versions controlled by computers are becoming increasingly common.

cm1.jpg (164124 bytes)James River Coal Service Co. - A continuous miner at Royal Diamond Mine.
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Joy Mining Machinery - 12CM27 Continuous Miner.
Joy Mining Machinery - L to R - 14CM10 and 14CM15.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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