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DRILL: Copco’s new SmartROC D60 both tough and intelligent



SWEDEN – Atlas Copco is launching SmartROC D60, a surface drill rig for most types of surface drilling applications and tough conditions. The new drill is a highly versatile down-the-hole (DTH) rig designed for 110 to180 mm holes in a wide variety of applications.

A drill rig that is robust enough and smart enough to tackle surface mining, as well as quarrying and construction drilling, has been developed by Atlas Copco.

A drill rig that is robust enough and smart enough to tackle surface mining, as well as quarrying and construction drilling, has been developed by Atlas Copco.

Besides muscle, it is clear that this rig has been equipped with plenty of brains enabling a high level of automation designed to result in optimum efficiency and consistent productivity. For example, the rig’s hole navigation system and auto positioning systems ensure that the rig will locate the exact position of each hole and then accurately collar and drill them to precisely the required depth and inclination. This gives a better fragmentation and improves both the loadability and crushability.

In addition, the robust, standard feed carrying 5-metre tubes, features built-in sensors in the rod handling cylinders and carousel motor, enabling more reliable rod handling and eliminating the need for inductive sensors. Automatic rod handling is a standard feature to add and then extract the rods when the desired depth is reached.

Another major advantage is the low fuel consumption. This is achieved through intelligent control of the compressor load and engine rpm, resulting in an estimated fuel saving of up to 15% compared to the FlexiROC D60.

The SmartROC D60 can also be used for toe-hole, dewatering hole and horizontal drilling, and, as the feed can be positioned horizontally, feed maintenance is also easier.

At worksites where bench stability may be in doubt, the SmartROC D60 can be used together with Atlas Copco’s BenchREMOTE operator station that enables it to be operated at a distance of up to 100 metres.

The combination of SmartROC features gives the owner more holes per shift and consistently high productivity – and at lower costs.

Please see the downloadable PDF product brochure at AtlasCopco.com/Images/Smartroc_D60_tcm795-3589208.pdf.


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