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ACARP Roadway Development - Operators Workshop March 2008. Roadway Development at Crinum Mine. Introduction. Development at Crinum Mine has undergone massive changes over the last 2 years. Changed from panel development off mains to punch longwall system.

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introduction
Introduction
  • Development at Crinum Mine has undergone massive changes over the last 2 years.
  • Changed from panel development off mains to punch longwall system.
  • After 13 years of utilising Joy continuous miners introduced an ABM 25S continuous miner.

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crinum mine technical data
Crinum Mine - Technical Data
  • Roof strength UCS 6 to 22 MPa
  • Floor strength UCS 6 MPa
  • Roadway width 4.8m
  • Pillar dimensions 30m wide x 130m centres
  • Coal Seam height 3.2m
  • Cutting height 3.2 to 3.3m leaving 0.3m coal on the floor
  • Stone cut 0.2 to 0.3m

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crinum mine equipment
Crinum Mine - Equipment
  • Joy 12CM32 continuous miner
  • Joy 15SC32 shuttle car
  • Joy Mobile boot end
  • Track mounted auxiliary fan (18m3) with 720mm diameter ventilation tubes
  • Panel belts 1400 belt and structure with 2 x 375kw drivehead and 300m loop take up
  • Coal cleared via mains belts
  • Pipes installed utilising pipe pods on MPV’s
  • Stone dusting utilised stone dust pods on MPV’s

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crinum mine development rates
Crinum Mine - Development Rates
  • Averaged 140m per week in MG15

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Crinum Mine - Development Rates
  • Averaged 3.0m per op hr for 46.6 op hrs per week in MG15

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decision behind crinum east
Decision Behind Crinum East
  • Moved from Crinum to Crinum East in October 2006.
  • Change from mains drivage to punch longwall system.
  • Increase in productivity due to U/G panel belts only.
  • No outbye mains areas to maintain.
  • Trench conveyors simpler because they do not require gas monitoring and surface conveyors easier to maintain.
  • Quicker travel time from surface to U/G – have Toyotas that can go from surface to crib room.

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Decision Behind Crinum East
  • Less infrastructure to maintain – no complex gas monitoring system, u/g dewatering system, road maintenance.
  • Longwall moves easier as there is no mains to deal with.
  • Ventilation of panels simple.

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crinum east changes to development
Crinum East - Changes to Development
  • Panel belts changed to 1050 belt with 1400 structure and 2 x 75 kw combi drives with a 7m loop take up.
  • Coal stockpiled outside portal and trucked out of trench to surface stockpile.
  • No MPV’s used at Crinum East as part of the BHPB FRCP’s.
  • Pipe trailer and Eimco utilised for installing pipes.
  • Quick duster utilised for stone dusting.
  • Seam height 3.1m at Crinum East requiring additional stone to be cut

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crinum east production with joy cm
Crinum East - Production with Joy CM
  • Initially commenced development at Crinum East with Joy continuous miner.
  • Small decrease in weekly development metres due to reduced operating hours.
  • Mineworkers unfamiliar with pipe trailer.
  • Lost time with stone dusting due to issues with the quick duster.

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crinum east production with joy cm1
Crinum East - Production with Joy CM
  • Averaged 135m per week in MG17 with Joy miner.

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crinum east production with joy cm2
Crinum East - Production with Joy CM
  • Averaged 3.2m per op hr for 42.4 op hrs per week in MG17 with Joy miner.

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introduction of the abm
Introduction of the ABM
  • The ABM continuous miner was introduced to Crinum due to a number of key factors:
    • Continuous bolting and cutting cycle.
    • The canopy suits poor ground conditions.
    • The ABM was justified on a 15% productivity increase over the Joy miners. Expectation was 183m per week.
    • Improved ergonomics at the bolter controls and elevating working platform for mineworkers and improved ergonomics for tradespersons.
    • Roof mesh holder on the tail.

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introduction of the abm1
Introduction of the ABM
  • Monorail and flexiduct ventilation system to improve cutting rate and reduce manual handling of ventilation tubes.

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introduction of the abm2
Introduction of the ABM
  • The introduction of the ABM introduced significant changes to the mining cycle:
    • The monorail and flexiduct ventilation system needed to be developed to suit Crinum.
    • Supplies for the ABM required smaller cassettes and rackers. The cassettes for the Joy held 35m on 6 bolt pattern where the ABM cassettes could only hold 25m.
    • Joy CM requires 5 person crews, ABM requires 6 person crews for continuous bolting and cutting.
    • The majority of mineworkers in the department had not previously worked with ABM’s before.

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crinum east production with abm cm
Crinum East - Production with ABM CM
  • Drastic reduction in cutting time and rate leading to overall reduced metres per week.
  • Identified a number of issues within the ABM system.
  • The positive indicator is that cutting rate was improving toward the end of the panel.
  • We know the system can produce metres with one shift achieving 38m.

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crinum east production with abm cm1
Crinum East - Production with ABM CM
  • Averaged 84m per week in MG17 with ABM miner.

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crinum east production with abm cm2
Crinum East - Production with ABM CM
  • Averaged 2.45m per op hr for 35 op hrs per week in MG17 with ABM miner.

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crinum east issues with the abm system
Crinum East - Issues with the ABM System
  • There were a number of issues associated with the ABM and the system supporting it:
    • Issues with the ABM.
    • Issues with shuttle car haulage.
    • Issues with the flexiduct ventilation system.
    • Issues associated with the conveyor system.

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Crinum East - Issues with the ABM System
  • Issues associated with the ABM:
    • Cutting height had to be increased from 3.3m to 3.5m to allow flitting underneath the flexiduct in A heading.
    • The cutting cycle was shuttle car constrained – gone from 2 cars per metre to 2.5 cars per metre. The tail on the ABM was shorter than the Joy miner.
    • Large amount of road works required prior to flitting the miner.
    • Issues with the pick lacing causing an arched profile.
    • Excessive water usage creating a face water issue.
    • Number of electrical faults.

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crinum east issues with the abm system2
Crinum East - Issues with the ABM System
  • Issues associated with the shuttle car:
    • Shuttle car constrained - stubs had increased from 20m to 30m in A heading and 40m in B heading to accommodate monorail and flexiduct.
    • Slow loading onto belts due to 1050 belt and jiffy drives.

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Crinum East - Issues with the ABM System
  • Issues associated with the monorail and flexiduct:
    • Flexiduct smaller in diameter by 20mm with higher resistance resulting in reduced quantity at face.
    • Build up of fines in the throat.
    • Flexiduct twists and collapses reducing ventilation to face near fan.
    • Has added an additional shift to the panel extensions.

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crinum east issues with the abm system4
Crinum East - Issues with the ABM System
  • Issues associated with the conveyors / boot end:
    • Utilising 1050 belt on boot end and structure designed for 1400 belt.
    • Belt speed for 1050 belt is 2 m/s vs 4 m/s for 1400 belt requiring slow loading.
    • Jiffy drives were too far apart causing belt slip and tensioning issues.
    • Combi drive had only a 7m loop take up requiring a belt clipping station.
    • Panel extensions taking 5 shifts on average.

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crinum east improving the abm system
Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • We have identified a number of problems that need to be resolved if we are going to be successful with the ABM mining system.
  • We have commenced a Productivity Optimisation Process with Mining Consultancy Services.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • Improving the ABM:
    • Reduced to height of the ABM to allow us to flit under the monorail and flexiduct in a 3.3m heading.
    • Extended the tail to enable 2 cars per metre.
    • Improved the panel standards (horizon control) to reduce the amount of road works required prior to flitting.
    • Modified the pick lacing so we cut a square profile.
    • Made changes to the water circuit to reduce water usage.
    • Made a lot of changes to the electrical system.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • Improving shuttle car efficiency:
    • Improved horizon control to reduce tramming time.
    • Currently evaluating the use of a Stamler feeder breaker to allow unloading of the car on fast tram.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • Improving the monorail and flexiduct system:
    • Trial of a monorail mule to assist packing up of monorail.
    • Reducing the height of the trolly brackets to allow a 3.3m heading height.
    • Tighten flexiduct rings to prevent twisting.
    • Adding additional trolleys and rings near vent fan.
    • Purpose built T pieces for the flexiduct.
    • A new inline removable monorail section instead of the points currently utilised.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • Improving the conveyor system:
    • Add additional jiffy drives to improve belt reliability and resolve belt slip issues.
    • Looking at improving the belt clipping station.
    • Reducing panel extension times.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • MCS POP project:
    • Mining Consultancy Services have a large amount of experience and expertise in business analysis, mine design, mining operations and people, productivity optimisation and equipment design and selection.
    • Currently responsible for the performance and monitoring of 60 continuous miner units world wide.
    • Currently 2 months into the 9 month POP project.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • The 9 month process can be broken up into 2 phases and 4 modules:
    • Phase 1: Evaluate to current system and mining process to establish production objectives and functional KPI’s (9 weeks).
    • Phase 2: Implementation of the POP process, implementation of initiatives and coaching and mentoring role (25 weeks).
    • Crucial to the success of the project is onboard monitoring on the miner to allow monitoring and evaluation of initiatives.

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WHAT HAS BEEN

LEARNT ABOUT

THE PRODUCTION

PROCESS?

MONITOR

* TRENDS

* AVERAGES

* RE-OCCURRENCE

FORMULATE

ACTION

PLAN

POP

IMPLEMENT

ACTION

PLAN

Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • The POP process.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • Analysis of downtime for each miner.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • After 2 months of the POP project, a number of areas of opportunity have been identified:
    • Reducing process delays.
    • Optimising cycle times.
    • Changing mining dimensions.
    • Modify 6/2 bolting pattern to a 4/4 bolting pattern.
    • Evaluate use of Stamler feeder breaker on front of boot end.
    • Reducing panel extension times.
    • Planning process.
    • Panel standards.

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Crinum East - Improving the ABM System
  • Presentations have been made to every crew detailing the development data over the last year.
  • A workshop involving the development workforce has been held to provide involvement and ownership of the process.
  • Currently designing Crinum specific reports that will be automatically generated from the onboard monitoring. This will use traffic light colour system and benchmark their performance against specific targets.

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crinum east targets for the next year
Crinum East - Targets for the next Year
  • We have completed MG17 and due to commence MG19.
  • Our Goals over the following year are:
    • Develop MG19 with high panel standards.
    • Achieve a minimum of 10% production improvement through the POP project with MCS.
    • Consistently achieve 4.0m per op hour.
    • Achieve a minimum of 46 op hours per week and work towards achieving 67 op hours per week.

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