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Technical Program


8:00AM – 5:00PM Registration Open
8:00AM – 12:00PM Exhibitor Move In – Booths larger than 400 sq ft
12:00PM – 5:00PM Exhibitor Move In – All booths

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023

7:00AM – 6:00PM Registration Open
8:00AM – 9:00AM Concessions Open for Breakfast / Exhibit Hall Open
8:45AM – 9:00AM Welcome
9:00AM – 9:30AM Keynote Speaker
9:30AM – 12:00PM SESSION 1: Modern Underground Coal Production
12:00PM – 1:30PM Concessions open for lunch / Exhibit Hall Open
1:30PM – 3:00PM PANEL DISCUSSION: The Evolving Landscape for Underground Coal Mining Equipment Suppliers
Exhibit Hall closes at 5:00 p.m.
6:35 PM Baseball Game – Pittsburgh Pirates versus Colorado Rockies


8:00AM – 6:00PM Registration Open
8:00AM – 9:00AM Concessions Open for Breakfast / Exhibit Hall
8:45AM – 9:00AM Good Morning
9:00AM – 11:00AM SESSION 2: Ventilation
11:00AM – 1:30PM Concessions Open for Lunch / Exhibit Hall Open
1:30PM – 3:00PM SESSION 3: Coal Handling & Storage
3:00PM – 4:30PM Cocktail Reception & Top Performer Awards/ Exhibit Hall Open
Exhibit Hall closes at 5:00 p.m.


8:00AM – 12:00PM Registration Open
8:00AM – 9:00AM Concessions Open for Breakfast / Exhibit Hall Open
8:45AM – 9:00AM Good Morning
9:00AM – 11:30AM SESSION 4: Health & Safety
12:00PM – 4:00PM Teardown – Booths 300 sq feet and larger
4:00PM – 8:00PM Teardown – Booths less than 300 sq feet

Keynote Address

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m.

Developing America’s Newest Met Coal Complex: The Longview Mine

By Keith Hainer, president and CEO of Century Mining


Session I:

Modern Underground Coal Production

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Longwall Shearer Operations from the Surface
By Cheston Weese, director of process improvement, Arch Resources

Data & Analytics Supporting Longwall Automation Everyday
By Willem Fourie, senior product manager for longwall data solutions, Komatsu Mining

Improved Productivity with Wide Head Continuous Miner and a Crawler Bunker Bolter Car System
By Michelle Burich, senior application engineer, Komatsu Mining

Automation – A Journey to Underground Room-and-Pillar Improvement
By Toby Cressman, product manager for automation and data solutions, Komatsu Mining

New Lithium-ion Battery Technologies for Underground Coal Mines
By Jerry Davis, Principal Engineer, Komatsu Mining

Session II:

Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Evolving Landscape for Underground Coal Mining Equipment Suppliers
Moderator: Steve Fiscor, editor, Coal Age

Jay Armburger, president and CEO, HBT Americas

Brian Edmonds, president, Seetech USA

Greg Sanders, president and CEO, Becker Global America

Steve Sangalli, president and CEO, Swanson Industries

Bob Sherack, vice president, mining systems and growth regions, Komatsu

David Zhang, vice president, United Mining Equipment/Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery

Mateusz Bik, president of Fasing (Konko)

Session III:


Wednesday, May 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Longwall Gob Permeability
By Josh Silvis, manager of hydrogeology, CONSOL Energy

Canopy Air Curtain Technology for Shuttle Car Cabs
By Randy Reed, research mining engineer, NIOSH

NIOSH’s role in developing ventilation input to new engineering guidelines for shale gas wells influenced by longwall mining
By Steven J Schatzel, geologist, NIOSH

A Field Study of Longwall Mine Ventilation Using Tracer Gas in a Trona Mine
By V. Gangrade, S. J. Schatzel, and S. P. Harteis, NIOSH

Session IV

Coal Handling & Storage

Wednesday, May 10, 2022, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Controlling Carryback: More Than Just Belt Cleaners
By Jerad Heitzler, program manager and lead instructor, Martin Engineering

How to Save Money Cleaning Your Silos
By Dennis Blauser, CEO, Marietta Silos

Top Performers Awards Presentation
May 10, 2022, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Session V

Health & Safety

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Harvey Mine Positive Pressure Respirators
By Tim Costa, manager, strategic industrial accounts and distributor partnerships, CleanSpace USA

Laboratory Investigation of Underside Shield Sprays Used in Conjunction with a Directional Spray System to Lower Respirable Dust Exposures on Longwalls
By Scott Klima, mining engineer, NIOSH

Electromagnetic Interference Considerations in Underground Coal Mines
Dr. Jim Zhou, Senior Electrical Engineer, NIOSH

Coal Mine Barrier Pillar Design
By Dale Hamilton, geologist, MSHA Roof Control Division

Impacts of Longwall Mining on Gas Wells
By Greg Rumbaugh, supervisory engineer, MSHA Roof Control Division