Innovation in Drilling Automation and Advance
Waterjet reliability has been established over the last ten years and a range of different manufacturers are available who produce the basic equipment required. The development of robotic tools has progressed considerably in industrial concerns and while high pressure waterjet robots are now a widely marketed device they have found as yet little use in an underground environmental - perhaps because of the difficulties in roboticizing the equipment. In contrast, attempts to develop a robotic drill based on straight mechanical drilling equipment concepts are restricted by problems inherent in the methodology. It would appear that the advantages provided by each technique may overcome the major disadvantages of the complementary technique required to develop the waterjet robotic drill.
D. A. Summers, "Innovation in Drilling Automation and Advance," Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Innovative Mining Systems, Pennsylvania State University, Jan 1986.
Second International Conference of the Innovative Mining Systems
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
ASME, Mining & Excavation Research Institute
University of California at Berkeley
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Missouri at Rolla
Pennsylvania State University
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