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Epiroc debuts drill for underground operations

By |  March 23, 2021
A battery-powered Boomer M20 brings additional savings on health, maintenance, ventilation and cooling, according to Epiroc. Photo: Epiroc

A battery-powered Boomer M20 brings additional savings on health, maintenance, ventilation and cooling, according to Epiroc. Photo: Epiroc

Epiroc launched the new Boomer M20 face drill rig, which is designed and built to minimize unplanned stops and maximize uptime and performance in demanding operations.

According to Epiroc, the Boomer M20 represents the next generation of drilling equipment in underground mining.

One challenging part of underground work is the everyday wear and tear on hydraulic hoses, Epiroc says. Falling rocks and debris and continuous wear against the tunnel floor and walls means constant hose repairs. The Boomer M20’s heavy-duty hose-less boom design minimizes unplanned stops for hose repairs, the company says, keeping the rig up and running even in the toughest conditions.

Additionally, Epiroc says high precision and performance are ensured thanks to on-board automation features, teleremote capabilities and digital drill plans that give higher reliability and quality of the full drill cycle. Also, with digital drill plan handling, drill rounds will be longer, more precise and give far less overbreak.

The Boomer M20 is designed with safety in mind, Epiroc adds. Through teleremote capabilities, operators can drill from a safe distance away from hazardous areas at the tunnel face and keep production going over shift changes. Multi-functional joysticks allow operators to keep their eyes on the task at all times, and the cabin is designed to give optimum visibility.

“In addition to cost savings, the Boomer M20 also contributes to a healthier and safer work environment for miners everywhere, thanks to the optional battery-electric driveline,” says Travis Battley, Epiroc’s underground business manager for North America.

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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