Profiling coal on a conveyor belt for the automation of a train loadout facility

Cunningham, Mitch (2009) Profiling coal on a conveyor belt for the automation of a train loadout facility. [USQ Project]

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Throughout the coal industry within the Bowen Basin there are very few mines that have an automated control system on their train loadout facilities. The existing systems use dozers to regulate how much coal is in the bin and is not an exact science. Weighers are also used but are generally unreliable and not designed for the specic purpose of
conveyor speed control to maintain levels within the loadout bins.
The project aim is to investigate the practicality and possibility of using control tech-niques based on instrumentation to automate a train loadout facility.
Determine the requirements for automating a train loadout
Determine what coal is made of
Research appropriate head unit for conveyor control
Conceptual design
A number of units were tested and looked at for various locations around the train loadout facility.
A minor setback for the development of a working model is that the weight of coal depends on the amount of moisture that the coal retains. This can be overcome if an inline moisture analyzer is installed. Sampling of the coal will need to continue to determine the ash content of the coal being loaded.This project has shown that the LMS-111 laser is the stand out device as it is simple,inexpensive and can be used in a range of locations for various applications. Due to the LMS-111's unique features the device can be utilized in a number of various locations around the train loadout facility.
A project package for the installation of the LMS-111 has been developed and plans are currently underway to test and commission the device on an inloading conveyor at Dalrymple Bay coal terminal, located 30km south of Mackay

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2010 06:09
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2010 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: laser scanners: coal profiling; conveyor belt; train loading
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091405 Mining Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4019 Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy > 401905 Mining engineering

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