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05.01.2012

Rugged displays made by i-sft for mining machines

Der Walzenschrämlader SL900 eignet sich für den Einsatz in Flözen mit einer Mächtigkeit von 1,4 bis über 6 Meter.
Der Walzenschrämlader SL900 eignet sich für den Einsatz in Flözen mit einer Mächtigkeit von 1,4 bis über 6 Meter. Foto: Eickhoff

Global market leader Eickhoff uses i-sft displays in all new shearer loaders

Gundersheim, 4 January 2013. Mining machine manufacturers Eickhoff Bergbautechnik, headquartered in Bochum (Germany), use displays made by i-sft in the most recent generations of all their shearer loaders. In larger machines, displays with a 15-inch diagonal are used while smaller machines are equipped with 10.5-inch or 10.4-inch diagonals. Shearer loaders are used to cut coal or other minerals from underground deposits. The heat, dust, and vibration caused in this process by working against enormous mechanical resistance pose are extremely challenging for many components, including the displays. For this reason Eickhoff, one of the global market leaders in shearer loaders, were looking for a rugged, graphics-capable display with a wide temperature range and a high degree of immunity to shocks and vibration, ensuring the shortest possible amount of downtime while requiring zero maintenance.

Detailed information about the extraction in process and the current state of the drives, cutting rolls, and other components of the shearer loaders is of major importance for operating the mining machines safely and at their optimum load in terms of energy-efficiency. In order to continue the successful partnership into the next product generation, i-sft are currently developing a new version of the displays used by Eickhoff, aiming for an even higher resolution to enable the best possible screen display of Linux-based applications.

Since the early days of the company, i-sft have been developing displays for extreme fields of application, such as locomotives, aircraft, ships, and construction machines. All of these areas require high degrees of resistance against shocks and vibrations, as well as explosion safety. “We were able to offer hands-on consulting to Eickhoff because we already had some experience with similar tasks from previous projects,” explains Klaus Wammes, CEO of i-sft. “In turn, through the work for Eickhoff we have once more developed new know-how which can also be put to use in other fields of application.”

Ein 15"-Display von i-sft nimmt seinen Betrieb in einem SL900-Walzenlader von Eickhoff auf.
Ein 15"-Display von i-sft nimmt seinen Betrieb in einem SL900-Walzenlader von Eickhoff auf. Foto: Eickhoff