Session Archives

2023 Archives


Keynote Address

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

By Keith Hainer, president and CEO of Century Mining

Session 1: Modern Underground Coal Production

  • 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 2: Panel Discussion

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 3: Ventilation

  • Longwall Gob Permeability
    By Josh Silvis, manager of hydrogeology, CONSOL Energy
  • Canopy Air Curtain Technology for Shuttle Car Cabs
    By Hua Jiang, 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 4: Coal Handling & Storage

  • 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 5: Health & Safety

  • 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