First Chinese Shields in the US at the Oak Grove Mine By Don Simms, president and CEO, United Mining Equipment
Transformation/Repurposing of Face Equipment By Jacob Smith, engineering manager, Sufco mine, Bowie Resources
Using a Dealer Network to Support Longwall Mining By Bill Powell, General Manager, CB Mining
Case Study: Extending the Life of Longwall Roof Supports Through the Use of Life Cycle Testing Management Plan By Allan Black, Joy Global and Janse Van Rensburg, Anglo American-South Africa
Session II: Health & Safety
How Can the CPDM Affect Miners’ Knowledge and Control of Respirable Dust Exposure? By Emily J. Haas, Ph.D., research behavior scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Longwall Automation: Making Mining Safer Through Technology By Adam Zamora , automation specialist, Westmoreland Coal, and Jack D. Trackemas, branch chief, ground control branch, NIOSH
Evaluation of Noise Controls for Longwall Cutting Drums By Joe Defibaugh, engineer-dust and ventilation, Komatsu Mining Corp.; Hugo E. Camargo, principal engineer, NOISH; and Lynn A. Alcorn, engineering technician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Applications of a Scaled Aerodynamic Model for Simulations of Airflows in a Longwall Mine By Vasu Gangrade, mining engineer, NIOSH; Samuel Harteis, lead mining engineer, NIOSH; and J.D. Addis, research scientist, NIOSH
Controlling Dust Concentration at a Longwall Face Through Application of a Flooded-bed Scrubber to a Longwall Shearer By Sampurna Arya, University of Kentucky; William Chad Wedding, University of Kentucky; Thomas Novak, University of Kentucky; and James P. Rider, NIOSH
Session III: Mine Development & Planning
Monster Wall By Christopher Popp, shift supervisor, Enlow Fork mine, CNX Coal Resources; Jamie Wilson, lead shift maintenance foreman, Enlow Fork mine, CNX Coal Resources; and Andrew Yackuboskey, longwall section foreman, Enlow Fork mine, CNX Coal Resources
Ultra-length Longwall Panels: Critical Factors and Issues By Robert Ochsner, chief engineer, Signal Peak Energy
Longwall Top Coal Caving at the Broadmeadow Mine By Matt Jones, longwall superintendent Broadmeadow mine, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA); Kevin Meyer, longwall maintenance superintendent, Broadmeadow mine; and Brett Moule, longwall applications, Cat Global Mining
Overview of Current U.S. Longwall Gateroad Support Practices By Morgan M. Sears, Ph.D., mining engineer, ground control branch, NIOSH; Ihsan B. Tulu, Ph.D., associate service fellow, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division; and Gabriel Esterhuizen, Ph.D., senior scientist, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division
Keynote/Longwall USA Top Performers Awards
Keynote Presentation: A New Era for Mining Begins to Take Shape in Washington Keynote Speaker: Hal Quinn, president and CEO, National Mining Association (NMA)
Session IV: Panel Discussion-Industry Advocates
Panel Discussion-Industry Advocates Moderators: Steve Fiscor, editor-in-chief, Coal Age, and William S. Tate, private mining and energy consultant
Session IV: Operating Efficiencies
Improved Safety and Increases in Performance and Productivity Through the Implementation of a Longwall Proximity System and the Use of Smart, Connected LW Products By Rudie Boshoff, global director, Lifecycle Management and JoySmart Solutions, Komatsu Mining Corp.
Improved Safety and Productivity Through the Use of Advanced Shearer Automation at Tunnel Ridge By Rob Colaw, longwall maintenance coordinator, Tunnel Ridge mine, Alliance Resource Partners, and Eric Anderson, general manager, Tunnel Ridge mines, Alliance Resource Partners
Financial Advantage of Utilizing Contractors to Perform Longwall Moves By Dave Stone, director, TerraCom Ltd., and Ray Chadwick, director, RC Mining Services
Protect Your Lift Leg Pockets, Protect Yourself & Your Pockets By J. Adam Lyman, application engineer, Henkel
An Improved Longwall Water Directional Spray System By: James P Rider, NIOSH
MSHA’s Best Practices for Controlling Respirable Dust on Longwalls By: Deborah M. Tomko, Chief, Environmental Assessment and Contaminant Control Branch, MSHA
Field Level Risk Assessment – A Safety Culture By: Rowdy Heiser, Manager Health/Safety, Solvay Essential Chemicals, North America Green River, Wyoming, and Joe A. Vendetti, Manager Mining Operations, Solvay Essential Chemicals, North America Green River, Wyoming
Risk Management in Longwall Operations—A Comparison of the CORESafety Approach with U.S. Statutory Requirements By Thomas A. Hethmon, Associate Professor and Western Mining Presidential Chair of Mine Safety Mining Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah U.S.A., and Michael G. Nelson, Professor and Chair, Mining Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah U.S.A.
Session 2: Update on Policy and Technology
Australian Mining: Advancing Australia’s Energy, Economic and Environmental Goals By George Schuller, Chief Operating Officer, Peabody Energy Australia.
Variable Speed Drives on Armored Face Conveyors By Gareth Rimmington, Principal Engineer, Joy Global
Longwall Setup & Recovery Advances Gained Through Independent Coal Mining Specialists By Dave Marcum, Longwall Coordinator, GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance
Personal Proximity Detection System for Longwalls By Mark Jones, Automation Engineer – Caterpillar Global Mining, Material Handling & Underground Business Unit
Session 1: New Developments & Technologies for Longwall Installations
Grosvenor Longwall Project–Design for Benchmark Safety and Productivity By Dieter Haage, Anglo American Coal Australia
Longwall mining in Mexico: Micare Mine VII By Joel de Luna, General Manager, Micare Mine VII
Fluid Power Generation & Transport Systems for Longwalls By Tom Hutchinson,manager of new products, Swanson Industries
Update on New Ground Support Systems for Longwall Gate Roads By Dakota Faulkner, Research and Development Engineer. Travis Sub, Research and Development Engineer, Keystone Mining Services, Jennmar Corp.
Session 2: Safety & Health
Measurement Before Management: Best Practices for Assessing Safety Culture By Dr. Lori Guasta, director of organizational behavior and emerging markets, Safety Solutions International
A Review of Dust Control Techniques for Longwalls By Joe Defibaugh, engineer, dust and ventilation, JoyGlobal
Rock Dusting on Longwalls By Marcia Harris, NIOSH (OMSHR)
Control of Explosive Zones and Oxygen Penetration in Longwall Gobs through Nitrogen Injection By Dr. Jürgen F. Brune, Colorado School of Mines
Completing the Development of Longwall Foam Dust Suppression By Dr. Paul A. Kittle, Aquafoam, Inc.
Session 3: Proximity Detection
Personal Proximity Detection for Underground Coal Mining Equipment By Michael B. McMillion, senior mechanical engineer, coal operations support, CONSOL Energy
Proximity Detection in a Mine Wide Applications for Underground Coal By Mike Berube, president and COO, Strata Worldwide
Intelligent Proximity Detection Technology for Underground Coal Mines By Joseph DuCarme, mechanical engineer, NIOSH
Matrix Technology and Experience in Proximity Detection By Aric Pryor, Matrix Design Group President
Keynote Luncheon & Longwall USA Top Performers Awards Coal Age will recognize the three top performing U.S. longwall mines
Market Uncertainty: Demand for Coal Grows Everywhere, but the U.S. By Seth Schwartz, Energy Venture Analysis
Session 4: Face Automation
Partnering to Develop a Productive Automated Longwall System By Mike Calderone, manager, controls and automation systems, JoyGlobal, and Scott Langley, COO, White Oak Resources
Application of Shearer Automation in Australia By Stephen Douglas, projects manager with automation responsibilities, Eickhoff
Longwall Extraction of Thin Seams at Poland’s Bogdanka Mine Using VFD Technology By Zbigniew Stopa, vice president, Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka S.A., and Dr. Michael Myszkowski, manager, sales support-longwall AFC’s & Plows, Cat Global Mining
Automated Longwall Systems: The Pniówek Experience By Reinhard Neuper,vice president of product development, Kopex Machinery S.A.
Session 5: Reliability & Performance
Asset Reliability at the San Juan Mine By: Michael J. Fidel, manager maintenance, San Juan Coal Co.
Challenges for Successful Ground Fault Protection of VFD’s used in Underground Coal Mining By Bobby Houston, Pat Lemmon, and James K. Martin, Intermountain Electronics
Smart Services in Support of Benchmark Longwall Production By Dieter Haage, Anglo American Coal-Australia
Faster Roadway Development: Slow Cutting for Higher Productivity and Safety By Kirby Owen,product support manager mechanical cutting, Sandvik Mining and Thomas Vallant,manager sales support mechanical cutting,Sandvik Mining
Impact of Corrosion on Mining Equipment By J.V. Pellegrino, Jr., RJ Lee Group, USA
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