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When Coal Was King
Industry, People and Challenges
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Spiral cleaner for egg coal, showing the conveyor on which the final cleaning was doneCoal was "processed'' to produce a product that met specific customer needs. Coal coming from each underground mine was referred to as "run-of-mine" material. It contained unwanted rock and a wide variety of particle sizes. The "tipple" utilized aThe rotary carbonizer use in the manufacture of Char, a high-carbon semi-coke. variety of methods and processes to remove rock and separate the coal
into specific, segregated sizes, thus addressing each customer's need. Coal was referred to as "cleaned" and "sorted" when it emerged from the tipple.

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