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WHAT’S IN A NAME?: Atlas Copco makes changes to differentiate drill rigs

STOCKHOLM - Atlas Copco Surface Drilling Equipment is changing the naming structure of its family of ROC drill rigs. The company says the new names will bake it easier to distinguish between the various rigs as well as clarify the different...



STOCKHOLM – Atlas Copco Surface Drilling Equipment is changing the naming structure of its family of ROC drill rigs. The company says the new names will bake it easier to distinguish between the various rigs as well as clarify the different characteristics of the products.

The product range has been divided into four different categories, four series of ROC drill rigs with the following names: AirROC, PowerROC, FlexiROC and SmartROC. The product series can be described as follows

  • The AirROC series consists of pneumatic and manually operated drill rigs, easy to operate with simplicity in design and a robust steel structure.
  • The PowerROC series consists of hydraulic drill rigs with a straightforward design and trouble-free hydraulics.
  • The FlexiROC series consists of high technology rigs with a medium level of sophistication.
  • The SmartROC series consists of high technology rigs with a high level of sophistication and equipped with the latest optional equipment to minimize costs in each drilling and blasting operation.

Atlas Copco says the new structure makes it easier to distinguish between the models and easier to understand the advantages that each category has to offer. It also better defines the segment and application for which each rig is intended. Tophammer, down-the-hole and COPROD drilling methods are used right across the range and this is evident from the individual product designations such as FlexiROC T30 R, where T stands for tophammer and 30 for 3 inches (75 mm).

Implementation of the new names has begun and will be applied to all drill rigs by the end of 2012.

Learn more about Atlas Copco’s full range of construction and mining equipment at www.AtlasCopco.ca.