CONTROL SYSTEM AND INTERFACE FOR A TUNNELING APPARATUS

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APP PUB NO 20130008718A1
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13635866

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A tunneling apparatus is disclosed. The tunneling apparatus includes a drill string formed by a plurality of drill string sections. The drill string has a proximal end and a distal end. The tunneling apparatus also includes a drill head mounted at the distal end of the drill string, the drill head including a cutting unit, a rotational driver that provides torque for rotating the cutting unit, and a thrust driver for applying thrust to the drill string. The tunneling apparatus further includes a vacuum system for withdrawing spoils generated by the cutting unit during operation of the tunneling apparatus and a drilling fluid system for providing drilling fluid to adjacent the cutting unit during operation of the tunneling apparatus. The tunneling apparatus includes a control system that allows an operator to select between a drilling mode and a break-out mode. The tunneling apparatus also includes a control interface that allows an operator to monitor vacuum pressure which concurrently controlling operation of various systems of the tunneling apparatus.

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VERMEER MANUFACTURING COMPANYPELLA IA 50219-0200

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Harrison, Stuart Clyde, AT 13 82
Hartke, Louis C Otley, US 6 20
Kelpe, Hans Pella, US 19 521
Nguyen, Melvin Pella, US 2 6
Philbrook, John Wesley Pella, US 1 1
Salins, Andis Footscray, AU 8 71
Scieszinski, Jeffrey Pleasant Hill, US 1 1
See,, JR Douglas Eugene Grinnell, US 3 45
Shuman,, V Robert Hoch Pleasant Hill, US 3 44
Vos, Matthew Stephen Pella, US 7 54

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