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Equipment commissioning is the process of ensuring that all systems and components of an HBT longwall system are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to the operational requirements of the owning mine.


At HBT, we recognize the importance of getting longwall mining equipment installation done right and how it directly impacts your operation’s performance. Successful equipment installation ensures both the correct operation of your HBT long wall system and the safety of the personnel working in the face.

From mine site evaluation and planning to heavy equipment assembly and commissioning, we will detail the various stages involved in the installation process. Trained HBT service people are experts at installing, maintaining and repairing longwall mining machinery and specialized equipment. They have the knowledge and expertise to handle a wide range of tasks, including assembly, alignment and calibration of longwall mining equipment.



The first step in equipment installation is planning and preparation.

This stage includes mine site evaluation, assessment of equipment needs and obtaining necessary permits and approvals.

During site evaluation, HBT can thoroughly assess the mine site to ensure it’s suitable for the equipment to be installed. This includes looking at the geological conditions (roof and floor) where the equipment will be placed. We also assess the client’s equipment needs to ensure that the right equipment is selected and will function properly in the intended environment.

After the site evaluation and assessment of equipment needs, HBT will create a detailed installation plan outlining the steps to take during the installation process.

This plan includes a schedule of when the equipment will be delivered and installed, who will be responsible for each task and how long the installation will take.

Finally, the necessary permits and approvals must be secured to ensure the installation complies with all local regulations and safety standards.

By thoroughly planning and preparing for the installation process, HBT can ensure the installation is completed safely, efficiently and to the highest standards.


The second step is the equipment arrival and unloading.

This process includes coordinating equipment delivery and unloading and inspecting equipment for damage or defects.

HBT will work with clients and equipment suppliers to coordinate the delivery of the equipment to the job site. This helps ensure that the equipment arrives on time.

To prevent damage during unloading, HBT handle the unloading process using the proper equipment and techniques.

After the equipment is unloaded, it is thoroughly inspected for signs of damage like dents, scratches or other issues that may have occurred during transport. If any issues are found, HBT will work with the supplier to resolve them before proceeding with the installation process.


The next phase is equipment assembly and testing.

This step includes assembling equipment according to the installation plan, testing it for proper function, and identifying and resolving issues that arise during testing.

Compatibility trials are normally conducted on each new set of longwall equipment. This is done by setting up 150 -200 ft. (40-60 meters) of the longwall system in the shop, with connections to the stage loader, crusher and belt tailpiece. The longwall system needs to be physically tested to ensure the clearances are as designed, including the many tolerances. Our team of experienced HBT follows the installation plan and uses the proper tools and techniques to ensure the equipment is assembled correctly and that all connections and components are secure. Some of the items that are tested and checked include:

  • Tip to face of the shearer drum to the shield canopy (this verifies that all design data and “stack ups” are correct)
  • Clearance of the shearer ranging arm to the line pan toe  
  • Run in the stage loader and face conveyor chains (to ensure there are no “tight spots” in the chain paths)
  • Proper clearance of the armored face conveyor (AFC) head and tail drive to the shearer ranging arm

Once the assembly is complete, HBTs will run tests to check the equipment’s performance, including electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems. They will also make sure the equipment is properly aligned and calibrated.  Any issues that arise during testing are identified and resolved.

A compatibility test is also a good opportunity to train the customer and HBT service personnel. Typically, hands-on training with the equipment, as well as classroom training on the system controls, is performed. Compatibility trials are a good opportunity to learn how a longwall system is supposed to function, but it certainly does not duplicate the real underground action.


Underground Installation and commissioning is the final step in the equipment installation process.

This phase includes physically installing equipment at the mine site, commissioning equipment to ensure proper operation and training personnel on the appropriate use and maintenance of the equipment.

HBT handle the physical installation of equipment at the job site using proper tools and techniques to ensure that the equipment is installed correctly. They also verify that the heavy machinery is aligned correctly and calibrated for optimal performance.

After installing the equipment, HBT will put it to a test to ensure it operates correctly. A series of tests are done to check for proper alignment and calibration of equipment.

Finally, the personnel is trained on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment.


After successful equipment installation, HBT take proactive measures to ensure it functions properly over the long term. This includes comprehensive follow-up and maintenance steps, such as:

  • Ongoing maintenance and support of the equipment
  • Scheduled check-ins to verify equipment is functioning properly
  • Identification and resolution of any issues that arise in the future

Completing regular check-ups and cleaning and replacing worn or damaged parts are important steps in keeping the equipment running smoothly for as long as possible.


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