Safety and Productivity Innovations in Mechanized Bolting

Hinshaw, Gregory
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 4
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1998
Underground mine bolting machines have evolved since inception in the 1940's due to the need for increased safety and productivity. However, major design innovations historically came from changes in the mining plan and the mine environment. During the last ten years, productivity needs have outpaced the evolution of existing designs. J. H. Fletcher & Co. has responded with a commitment to research and development which has fostered several new designs. The most recent machine built is a walk through crawler frame powering four drilling units simultaneously with semiautomatic computer control using two operators. This machine utilizes technology to create a safer yet more productive roofbolter for continuous mining sections utilizing place changing methods.
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