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Conference Paper

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A. Golsby, Benchmarking continuous haulage, 12th Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2012, 86-92.


Continuous haulage systems have not always presented a satisfactory operational experience for hard rock or coal miners. Not all mines have used continuous haulage. Some mines presently use one of the continuous haulage systems. Some have tried and abandoned continuous haulage. Yet, continuous haulage offers considerable benefits, which are not always realized. However, there is now a resurgence of interest in these systems as coal mines seek to improve gate road development rates. As most market players are very reluctant to publish information, benchmarking continuous haulage systems can be difficult. This is to the detriment of the industry as a whole. The continuous haulage examples discussed are; bridge, flexible belt, chain, temporary belt support, pipe conveyors and pneumatic systems.