Epiroc introduces another first in hydraulic breaker technology. Many of the company’s heavy hydraulic breaker attachments now feature the patented Intelligent Protection System (IPS). Seamlessly combining Epiroc’s AutoControl and StartSelect functions, the fully automated system provides simpler, more efficient, and more economical breaker operation.
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AutoControl and StartSelect have been popular features on Epiroc hydraulic breakers for years. AutoControl optimizes breaker performance by automatically adjusting the piston stroke length. The StartSelect system offers manual switching between two modes. AutoStart mode enables easy positioning at the beginning of the breaking cycle, while in AutoStop mode the breaker stops automatically to avoid blank firing at the end of the breaking cycle. Epiroc has taken these features to a higher level by combining them in the Intelligent Protection System.
IPS means no manual switching
IPS ensures that the hydraulic breaker always starts in the AutoStart mode. When the contact pressure between chisel and material increases and AutoControl switches from a short piston stroke to a long piston stroke, IPS switches automatically to the AutoStop mode. When the chisel breaks through the material, the breaker automatically shuts off and prevents blank firing.
Simpler, faster breaking with less wear and more uptime
IPS makes the breaking process even simpler for the operator by automatically adapting the breaker’s operating behavior to any working condition. Uptime is increased because, with its fully automated functionality, IPS requires no operator intervention or reaction — and thus no work interruption.
The system permits more accurate and significantly faster positioning of the breaker thanks to the centering effect, and avoids blank firing that often results in tool damage. This also eliminates mechanical strain on the carrier and extends the life of all wear components. The physical load on the operator is minimized as well.
Heavy hydraulic breakers with IPS
Epiroc HB 2000, HB 2500, HB 3100, HB 3600, HB 4100 and HB 4700 are equipped with IPS. During 2018 all other heavy hydraulic breakers in the Epiroc range will incorporate the unique system.
Epiroc is a subsidiary of the Atlas Copco Group that is planned to be listed on the stock exchange in 2018. Atlas Copco announced in January 2017 that the Group will split into two companies in 2018: Atlas Copco, focusing on industrial customers, and Epiroc, focusing on mining, infrastructure and natural resources customers. The split is proceeding according to plan, but remains subject to approval by Atlas Copco shareholders in April 2018.
For more information, visit www.epiroc.com.