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Drilling equipment to improve operations

By |  April 18, 2021
Photo: Epiroc

Photo: Epiroc

Orica and Epiroc plan to unveil an explosives delivery system that will deliver a new way of approaching blasting operations – eliminating charge crew exposure at the face. According to the companies, their Avatel solution will provide safe access for operators in a cab to execute the development cycle while reducing the reliance on controls put in place to manage the risks to personnel working in an underground mine. Built on the foundation of Epiroc’s Boomer M2 carrier and integrated with Orica’s latest explosives technology, Avatel is a twin boom, semi-autonomous and fully mechanized development charging solution that allows a single operator to complete the entire charging cycle from the safety of Epiroc’s enclosed ROPS- and FOPS-certified cabin.


Photo: Sandvik Rock ToolsPhoto:

Photo: Sandvik Rock Tools

Guide adapter reduces hole deviation

Sandvik Rock Tools’ guide adapter for bench drilling top hammer customers allows them to reduce hole deviation in challenging conditions by up to 50 percent, the company says. Significant hole deviation can pose problems for bench drilling companies that operate in challenging ground conditions, Sandvik says. It also enables customers to achieve greater productivity, longer tool service life and improved safety. The guide adapter is available for T51 and GT60 top hammer threads in different diameters.


Photo: Soosan America

Photo: Soosan America

Keeping systems simple equals better customer support

The simplified systems in Rock Commander drills are more reliable and easier to maintain with the bare minimum of electronics, according to Soosan America. The simple systems reduce downtime and increase profit margins, the company says, as there is no need to call and wait a week or more for a technician to diagnose a problem with a laptop. According to Soosan America, most problems can be addressed over the phone with input from an operator and troubleshooting experts in Louisville, Kentucky. Parts can be sent out the same day, with next-day delivery almost anywhere in the U.S.


Photo: Mincon

Photo: Mincon

DTH hammer delivers speed, fuel consumption benefits

According to Mincon, its MP40 is a 4-in. DTH hammer that redefines performance, with speed increases of up to 40 percent depending on ground conditions, and fuel consumption improvements of up to 11.5 percent. The MP40 is an evolution of Mincon’s 4-in. DTH hammer range, which previously comprised a number of different models. With the introduction of the new modular design, the MP40 creates a family of hammers that use a common internal design while supporting a variety of 4-in. shanks and drilling configurations. There are three variants of the MP40: the MP40-TD, MP40-MQ and MP40-MP. The TD and MQ versions both support the TD40 shank, while the MQ variant has the benefit of requiring bits without a foot valve.


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