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Roadheaders and more from IBS at MINExpo 2016

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With more than 40 years of experience in the mining and tunnelling machinery business IBS Industriemaschinen-Bergbau-Service GmbH has developed a portfolio of products and services ‘Made in Germany’ tailored to the needs of the industry. IBS will exhibit at MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas and will present its innovative solutions, such as iRoadheader, and more in the German Pavilion at booth 1373.

IBS has an excellent reputation for its well-established range of compact roadheading machines from 28 t – 45 t suitable for galleries from 10m2 to 25 m2. In recent years, these have been developed further to include state-of-the-art control and monitoring systems as well as a wide range of enhancements to improve safety and performance under the most arduous conditions. To meet the growing demand for improved safety, better working conditions and greater performance, IBS has become a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers looking for package solutions. The typical heading face is fraught with risks, such as gas or rock bursts, gas explosions, rock falls, dust, heat & humidity and space restraints.

iRoadheader: efficient development from a safe distance

Together with strategic partners, IBS has developed its Inmine/iRoadheader package of solutions with teleremote operator assistance enabling driverless operation of the machine from at least 250 m away from the face in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.

The heart of the package is a radar-based 3D profile control and navigation system developed in joint venture with Indurad GmbH – the industrial radar specialists. Several such packages are already in operation. Four such systems were further enhanced with gas drilling, roofbolting, muck haulage, remote data storage and transmission, condition monitoring, ventilation and dust filtration to form a complete ‘Outburst Management Package’ (OMP) to protect the operators from the considerable risk of gas outbursts.

All the equipment was compliant with the ATEX directive. All the iRoadheader packages are available as retrofits both on IBS equipment and on third party machines – new or used. “iRoadheader is already in operation on a number of machines and has also already proven its reliability in an outburst situation”, said Bruce Field, Sales Director of IBS. “Improving the conditions and safety for the workers at the face underground as well as finding optimal solutions with a high cost-benefit ratio are of prime importance for us.”

After sales service as a philosophy

When it comes to getting the best out of the equipment, IBS offers excellent after sales service including qualified technical support, long time availability of spare parts and components, field service, planned maintenance as well as repairs and overhauls. IBS has a proven track record for high-quality service. With many years of experience, extensive in-house fabrication and machining facilities as well as highly experienced and competent personnel, IBS is in a unique position of being able to offer such services both for its own equipment and third party machines.

Edited from  press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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