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About LASC Longwall Automation


LASC longwall automation technology is the outcome of a major “Landmark” project funding initiative of the Australian Coal Association (ACA) through the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP). This ambitious project began in July 2001 and was undertaken by CSIRO Exploration & Mining and the Cooperative Research Centre for Mining Technology and Equipment (CMTE) (now CRC Mining).

CSIRO undertook a further 2005-Dec 2007 extension of the project. This progressed the earlier project successes through to commercial-ready technologies collectively known as
LASC Technology.

The project was closely monitored by the Longwall Automation Steering Committee (LASC), a body made up of industry and ACARP representatives. Support from the major longwall equipment manufacturers has been critical to the succes of the project.

Achievements to date

The LASC project team is proud that the project has successfully achieved many of the essential outcomes that were central to the project's vision. These have included:

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Latest News

PHINS INS passes LASC Testing
The IXBLUE PHINS INS (P/N KAA00936) has been successfully trialled in a production system and is now available for use as a LASC inertial sensor.
Thursday 14 January 2016

Eickhoff signs up for LASC
Angie Bahr
Monday 9 February 2009 International Longwall News

Joy, CSIRO sign global longwall automation deal
Angie Bahr

JOY Mining Machinery has made history as the first original equipment manufacturer to sign an agreement to take CSIRO’s longwall automation system commercial...

Wednesday 22 October 2008 International Longwall News

Inbye signs automation deal for Carborough
Angie Bahr
Wednesday 22 October 2008 International Longwall News

The road ahead for Longwall Automation
Angie Bahr
Monday July 7 2008 International Longwall News