Atlas Copco strengthens surface drill rig

By |  March 21, 2012

The Atlas Copco SmartROC D65 surface drill rig has been upgraded to enable direct communication with the rig control system (RCS) through a computer network. When the SmartROC D65 was first introduced in 2010, it was recognized for its power and productivity, but also for its intelligence and communications capability provided by its computer-based RCS. The 2010 model allowed drill plans from the office to be installed into the rig’s control system by a USB memory stick. Now the SmartROC can download data directly from the office computer from the worksite’s own local area network or wireless network. The new interface not only makes data transfer simpler and faster, but it is also user-friendlier since planners are able to make changes and last-minute adjustments. The new communication capability paves the way for mines and quarries to install wireless systems and also offers SmartROC D65 owner-contractors a competitive advantage in that they can “plug” into their customers’ networks, the company says. The SmartROC D65 is designed for drilling in the 4-1/3 in. to 8-in. range.

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