HOF Citations 2016 Underground Production - Hermann Paus

2016 UNDERGROUND PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH Hermann Paus Hermann Paus was an innovator in underground mining equipment and was a great ambassador between the mining industries of the West and the former Soviet Union. He was born in 1932 and had studied agricultural engineering. He founded the company Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik in 1968. Since 1974, the company has been designing and producing machines for mining. The earlier Paus products acquired an excellent reputation, especially in the former Soviet Union. This was particularly the case for the transport vehicles ‘Berga-Tank’, ‘Alltrans and especially for the MinCa 26 of which some 100 units were delivered. After these initial successes, new technologies for underground mining were developed in collaboration with German mines from the end of the 1970s. The backfilling technique with slinger belt was one of these new technologies allowing mines for the first time to backfill mined out areas. A key development was a dry exhaust gas cooling system for flame-proofed diesel engines which makes for almost maintenance-free operation. Right from the start, Paus used the relatively new technology of hydrostatic drives avoiding the overheating of mechanical brakes by using internal force. This effect made it possible to use rubber-tyred vehicles in flame-proofed areas. In 1984, Paus developed the first electro-hydraulic 25 t dump truck which was operated by a 1,000 V pantograph. During his active working life, Hermann Paus has made his name not only by the developments described here, but above all by constantly designing new individual solutions for underground mining transportation tasks – a competence which still characterises his company today. Between 1996 and 2002, Hermann Paus was also a Board Member of the German Mining Machinery Association. In 2001, Hermann Paus was honoured with the order ‘Bergmansehre II Stufe’ by the Mining Ministry of the Russian Federation, recognising his contributions to Russian mining. Then in honour of his 70th birthday in 2002, he became an honorary faculty member in the Belarus Mining Academy in Minsk. Also in 2002, he handed over the reins of the company to his two sons, Wolfgang and Franz-Josef, and since then, the business of Hermann Paus GmbH has been successfully continued by his two sons. MinCa 26 In the 1980s, Hermann Paus then made a name for himself with the introduction of trackless transport techniques in German hard coal mining. For the first time in Germany, flame-proofed vehicles equipped with rubber tyres were used for the transportation of roof supports. On the basis of this development, roof supports up to 50 t are still transported with these vehicles today. Further machines for mining introduced by Paus were personnel transporters and graders for road maintenance. Vladimir Kuryanov, a former broker and agent who worked extensively with Paus states: “With a feeling of deep respect and with the warmest and best regards, I would like to mention the merits of Hermann Paus and talk about his contribution the to development of Russian-German economic relations in the field of the Russian mining industry. The company's first products earned an excellent reputation in the market of the Soviet Union and, later, in the post-Soviet countries. Since the middle of the 1970s to the end of the 1980s the equipment of Paus practically had a monopoly in the Russian market due to its performance. But it was the delivery of Paus