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September 2018

The September issue of World Coal features a Regional Report on the future of US coal, as well as technical articles on Continuous Miners; Underground Health & Safety; Mine Monitoring & Data; Engines & Powertrains; Fuels & Lubrication; Coal Screening & Classifying; Cranes, Grabs & Shiploaders; and Coal Washing & Dewatering.

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The Ups And Downs Of US Coal
James Stevenson (Australia) and Jim Thompson (USA), IHS Markit, report that, while there are challenges ahead for US coal, there are opportunities too.

Dealing With A Natural Law Of Mining
Dr. Uli Lange (Germany) and Francois van Tonder (South Africa), Eickhoff, explain modularity in continuous miner design.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Rüdiger Baltz (DMT, Germany), Alexey Shalashinski (DMT, Germany) and Thomas Rotert (RAG, Germany), discuss rockbursts and provide a detailed overview of numerous prevention methods in the coal mining industry worldwide.

Better Safe Than Sorry
Felipe Claudiano Pinto, MSA, Brazil, describes personal protective equipment used in the Latin American coal mining industry.

The Role Of Technology In Managing Fatigue
Todd Dawson, Caterpillar Safety Services, USA, considers the impact of fatigue on mine workers and discusses how technology can help manage this factor and, in turn, reduce the incidence of workplace accidents.

In The Loop
Kamal Mokrani, InfiNet Wireless, UK, details a wireless alternative to satelite and cable-based solutions that can be used in mining to keep remote locations connected, whilst keeping costs to a minimum.

Domitila Moreno, Cummins, UK, outlines a new engine designed for the mining industry that reduces harmful emissions and improves productivity.

Efficiency Is Key
Justin Koozer, Klüber Lubrication North America, explains how it is crucial for coal operators to recognise when there is potential for increasing energy efficiency and improving production efficiency in order to put an end to unnecessarily high costs.

Alternative Solutions
Ronald Knecht (the Netherlands) and Jon Brown (USA), Quaker Chemical Corporation, discuss the pros and cons of alternative mineral oil-based hydraulic fluids that reduce the risk of fire hazards in mining operations.

Tip Top
Black Wattle Colliery's run-of-mine tip had been experiencing excessive rock contamination during blasting and extraction. PC Kruger, FLSmidth, South Africa, details the colliery's chosen solution to reduce downtime and increase coal processing efficiencies.

Get A Handle On Coal
Antoine De Man, TAIM WESER, Spain, provides an overview of some technological coal handling solutions, detailing a few recent projects where they have been implemented.

Soak Up
Surendra Jain, The Daniels Company, USA, provides an overview of fine coal beneficiation and dewatering systems available today.

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