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Sandvik showcasing electric concept rig

By |  May 13, 2022
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions says its concept drill rig will provide operations with several sustainability benefits. Photo: Sandvik

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions says its concept drill rig will provide operations with several sustainability benefits. Photo: Sandvik

Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions highlighted its new electric concept drill rig for surface drilling at Vei og Anlegg 2022 in Norway.

The concept rig demonstrates some of the technologies that will be introduced in future drill rig series. These technologies, Sandvik says, will support more sustainable and energy-efficient surface drilling, particularly in urban construction applications.

Sandvik says its concept drill rig is essentially a versatile research and development platform for demonstrating sustainability technologies that are already in use or coming soon on underground drill rigs and loaders.

The innovation lies in transferring these technological advantages into the surface drilling world for the first time to meet the latest demands from the industry, according to Sandvik. The concept drill rig brings new solutions together on an actual machine that operators can get up close to. Sandvik says this provides a hands-on starting point for discussions on the customer’s real-life needs and the technological possibilities for addressing them with tomorrow’s products.

Builders and contractors are increasingly faced with specific, often quantified, sustainability targets. These can include electrification of power supply, energy efficiency targets and exhaust/noise restrictions. Suppliers can be excluded from projects if such requirements are not met, particularly on public tenders, according to the company.

Sandvik says it wants to lead the way with the concept drill rig, demonstrating effective sustainability solutions that are designed to meet these challenges. The technologies demonstrated on the rig include electrified power supply and a range of emission reduction technologies, with the overall aim of energy efficiency and control of emissions such as noise, particulates and carbon dioxide.

Sandvik says the compact Commando DC300Ri top hammer drill rig was selected as the platform for the concept drill rig, thanks to its popularity in urban surface drilling applications, including road and railroad construction and foundation drilling. It is, however, possible that product development projects based on the concept rig may lead to different, possibly larger, drill rigs, the company says.

The concept rig also has the possibility of operating on direct electric power or battery power, as well as a hybrid power supply using a small diesel generator. All these energy sources are available and can be trialed on the concept drill rig, depending on the customer’s actual needs, Sandvik says. The rock drill is also equipped with an effective noise guard.

“We could make the selections ourselves, for example the choice between a direct electric power supply and a battery-driven system, but we want to do it together with our customers,” says Lauri Laihanen, vice president, of R&D and product management in the surface drilling division at Sandvik. “We want to have a dialogue, to ensure we really understand the customer’s actual needs and are tackling the right problems together. It’s about customer orientation, rather than technology orientation. Technology for us is only a tool to meet the customer’s needs. With this concept drill rig, the primary role of technology is to support a zero emissions approach at the customer’s operations, which of course aligns perfectly with Sandvik’s own sustainability goals.”

Alongside the market-oriented goals, Sandvik says the concept drill rig will also help the company to achieve its own ambitious sustainability goals, including its aim to halve the carbon footprint of the group’s operations by 2030.

Along with the Sandvik Group’s other key sustainability goals, the company says this will ultimately drive the shift to more circular business models, better energy efficiency and decarbonization of the entire industry. The next chance to see the concept drill rig will be in Tampere, Finland, at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Customer Days 2022 in September.

Jack Kopanski

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Jack Kopanski is the Managing Editor of Pit & Quarry and Editor-in-Chief of Portable Plants. Kopanski can be reached at 216-706-3756 or jkopanski@northcoastmedia.net.

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