The plow is advanced in relatively small increments (cuts) compared to a shearer. This allows the horizon control system to vertically steer the plow, keeping it in the seam even when severe seam undulations are encountered. A shearer, due to its larger cutting depths and fixed position relative to the AFC, can only make gradual changes in vertical alignment. Therefore, in severely undulating conditions, the product mined with a shearer contains a higher amount of “out-of seam” dilution.
Easy height adjustment allows plows to work smoothly through faults or undulations, minimizing the cutting of adjacent, unwanted strata.
Coal production is maximized while preparation costs are minimized.
This system positions the plow chain on the gobside of the AFC, which makes it easily accessible for maintenance, a critical feature in low seam heights where working space is limited. The base-plate slides over the floor and underneath the line pans during operation. The integrated cleaning edge pushes coal from underneath the AFC back into the plow travelway. The cast plow guide is welded to the gobside of the face conveyor. Plow chains of up to 42 mm in diameter can be used, allowing the use of up to 2 × 400 kW (2 × 540 hp) installed power. Both gobside and face side pan connectors have a breaking strength of up to 2000 kN (220 tons), depending on the line pan being used.
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Two configurations are possible: A control in each shield (typically used) or one control shared by three shields in cases where fewer shield functions are required. The VCU (Visualization & Control Unit) not only controls the entire longwall, but also visualizes face operations on a graphic display, including position, actual coal load on the AFC (through AFC power consumption), shield position, leg pressure, stroke and plow position. The VCU provides a face-wide network and allows remote maintenance of shield components as well as data recording and transfer of data to the surface.
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