This paper addresses the problem of meeting the safety requirements of mining industry for implementation of control and monitoring equipment without external wiring. Local power generation and accumulation combined with remote control and wireless data transmission are suggested as an appropriate way to make the implementation of such devices safe and convenient, which in its turn would facilitate their wider application for automation and safety improvement. A rope shovel dipper trip system is discussed in detail as an example of a self-powered remotely-controlled system. Other possible applications of the concept are also identified, such as Armoured Face Conveyor (AFC) and water jet drilling operation monitoring.
31st Biennial International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes . Proceedings of the 31st Biennial International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes: Health and Safety Mining Research for a Sustainable Future (Brisbane, Qld 2-5 October, 2005) p. 281-283