Thomas Novak, William E. Webb

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Downtime associated with electrical component failure is a common cause of reduced productivity in the mining industry. Breakdowns can result in a significant loss of productivity since many repairmen are not well versed in the art of electrical trouble-shooting. At the same time, these breakdowns can also create potential safety hazards because repairmen must often insert their hands into crowded, energized control circuits to obtain voltage measurements necessary for trouble-shooting. Therefore, initial research was directed towards using a microcomputer directly interfaced with the machine circuit to diagnose electrical component failure. Novak describes the hardware, software and operation of a prototype. A brief discussion on the application of expert system types of programs is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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