Sensor-based Detectors Have Enabled A More Secure Way Of Mining

Coal mines are prone to hazards and mining companies are increasingly focusing on technologies to prevent accidents and improve the safety of miners. Sensor-based methane detectors use RFID technology...

Coal mines are prone to hazards and mining companies are increasingly focusing on technologies to prevent accidents and improve the safety of miners. Sensor-based methane detectors use RFID technology to monitor and control the level of methane which can cause explosions. GE’s CoalPlus technology helps in reducing coal dust in mining operations by up to 90%. Companies such as Fletcher, JOY, Hilti and Orica are providing automated temporary roof support (ATRS) and mobile roof support (MRS) solutions to prevent rockfalls caused by bolting of rocks, which involves inserting a steel rod into the rock formation to support the roof or sides of the rock cavity. Caterpillar’s Cat Detect Personnel technology indicates possible collisions, speeding or rollovers.


Asia Pacific was the largest region in the coal, lignite and anthracite mining market in 2017, accounting for almost two-third of the market share. This is due to the presence of large population and manufacturing activities in the region. These have led to high coal demand for power generation, and steel and cement production.

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According to The Business Research Company’s Consultant, Nitin Gianchandani, coal mining companies are using 3D mine visualizers to obtain a real-time digital model of a mine. A 3D mine visualizer generates a three-dimensional model of the mine layout and transfers it directly to the operator. With a web-based interface, information about the model is available with any connected device. It offers full record and playback capabilities in 3D thus allowing operators to review and analyze historical data in order to improve productivity and identify best practices. 3D mine visualizers significantly enhance the productivity of large mining environments. It is a valuable tool in operations planning, analyzing problematic areas and tracking mine development over time. Companies such as Sandvik and Komatsu are offering 3D visualizer systems.

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Coal India Limited was the largest player in the coal, lignite, and anthracite mining market in 2017, with revenues of $18.2 billion in 2016. Coal India Limited is collaborating with the state governments and Railways to link the coals fields with rail lines to speed up coal evacuation. The company is using new technologies such as using hydrostatic drills for exploration of coal instead of the conventional mechanical drill, PCD inserts for Crab Bits to increase the penetration rate and introduction of mud mixer assembly for continuous mixing of drilling fluid.

Coal mining industry primarily covers mining of bituminous, anthracite, and lignite coal by underground mining, strip mining, culm bank mining, and other surface mining techniques. It also includes the development of coal mine sites, and improvement of coal, including cleaning, washing, screening, and sizing of coal. Coal mining is broadly categorized into surface mining and underground mining. The choice of mining method is reliant on both technical and economic factors.

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