There has been a rapid development of auxiliary transportation systems in the European mines in the last two decades. It mainly concerned the solutions, in which the auxiliary transportation means were equipped with their own drives. It has been observed that at the same time the length of tracks on which people are transported is all-time extended. Such situation leads to reduction of effective work time of miners during one shift. There is also necessity to equip people and equipment/material with tracking systems in dangerous environments. The main objectives of INESI “Increase Efficiency and Safety Improvement in Underground Mining Transportation Routes” project are as follows: increasing the speed and safety of underground auxiliary transportation systems; development and testing of transportation systems adapted to increased speed; development of system for controlling the traction parameters of mine transportation means; elaboration of low energy consumption ventilation of underground transportation routes; development of fully automated system for identification of human’s presence on underground conveyors; development of process optimization with persons and equipment tracking.
INESI aims to increase the European coal industry’s efficiency and safety. This includes the following objectives:
Instytut Techniki Górniczej KOMAG (KOMAG) is the research and development centre of organizational and proprietary structure adapted to the market activity in the European Research Area and of the organizational culture creating a friendly climate for generating new ideas and realizing the innovative activities, i.e. transforming new ideas into new products.
The KOMAG’s scope of activity includes research and development projects in the domain of minerals mining and processing as well as environment protection and work safety connected with them, but also air and ground surface protection, waste management and an adaptation of research results for a practical implementation and their dissemination in other natural and technical sciences.
KOMAG has 65 years of experience in mechanization of mining operations in Poland. The first Polish mechanized longwall systems, hoisting machines as well as other machines were designed at KOMAG.
KOMAG still specializes in designing, analysis and construction of mechanical equipment for the mining industry (http://komag.eu/). It has achieved national and international success in this area, mainly by collaboration with manufacturers of machines and equipment for the mining industry, and has very good relations with the mining companies.
KOMAG has the following three laboratories of high capacity: Laboratory of Tests, Laboratory of Applied Tests and Laboratory of Material Engineering and Environment. KOMAG has also the Division of Attestation Tests, Certifying Body, which issues certificates for the products and machines approving their use in mine undergrounds. At present KOMAG has 230 employees. Its technical and scientific teams specialize almost in all mechanical systems and equipment used in coal mines as well as in the control systems.
XGraphic Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (XGRAPHIC) is a small-sized company focusing on software development and information technology. We are located in Aachen, Germany. Since 1993 we are successful in developing customized software solutions for individual technical tasks. XGraphic is specialized in the design and implementation of customized software and technical systems with interactive graphical components for various fields, e.g. the mining industry. Emphasis is put on applications with graphical user interfaces and databases, process data acquisition and visualization. Other aspects include web applications, mobile computing and digital signage solutions. XGraphic has a long-time experience in the design and implementation of applications for 3D infrastructure and information management for the mining industry. In the last 2 decades XGraphic developed many different applications which meets the special multi-disciplinary needs of the mining industry. Dr. David Buttgereit has 5 years of experience in industrial research including WiFi-based communication and information systems in underground mines. He has extensive experience in applied research of localization of mobile devices and development of 3D applications for the mining industry. During his work for the XGraphic company he worked 5 years as project engineer and software developer. In the last 7 years his work as CTO/CEO includes organisation and management of software projects. Dr. Sebastian Bitzen has 4 years of experience in industrial research including SCADA systems and web based applications. He is employed as a project engineer for XGraphic and his work includes the design and implementation of applications for 3D visualization as well as augmented reality solution for mobile devices.
Instytut Techniki Górniczej KOMAG
Główny Instytut Górnictwa (GIG)
RWTH Aachen University (RWTH)
XGraphic Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (XGRAPHIC)
Becker Warkop Ltd. company (BW)
Premogovnik Velenje, d. d. (PV)
DTEK ENERGY (DTEK)
ELMECH Kazeten (ELMECH)