A foreign mining company celebrated the outcome of smart equipment testing at a coal operation.
A Chinese state-run subsidiary of Shendong Coal recently declared its intelligent mining technology is a success at Daliuta Coal Mine, 492km southwest of Beijing.
A trial-run examined the performance of 5G network connectivity, two-way automatic cable winding, automatic cutting and remote controlled continuous mining at the face. It observed results from fully mechanised, immersive, full-motion video splicing and other robotics too.
“Patrol robots and auxiliary intelligent equipment are applied in mining faces and fixed places, which greatly reduces the labour intensity of underground workers,” subsidiary China Energy said in a public statement.
“Daliuta Coal Preparation Plant developed and applied intelligent refuse picking robot which realised the intelligence of sorting, loading, pressure filtration and concentration – and basically materialised the smart management, analysis and decision-making.”
The trial produced a very favourable intelligent construction score of 85.17 after comprehensively evaluating information infrastructure, geological security, tunnelling, and the main coal flow transport system.
“[The outcome was] reaching the standard for mid-level, class one demonstration intelligent coal mines,” the company said.
“Daliuta Coal Preparation Plant scored 85, reaching the standard for intermediate-level intelligent coal preparation plants.”
The mine also established a new data centre, data warehouse, unified data standards, transmission protocols, and a comprehensive management and control platform.