Epiroc Showcases Surface Drilling Automation at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

Company is showcasing new and updated products, including the automation-ready SmartROC D60 surface drill rig

SmartROC D60 Surface Drill Rig
SmartROC D60 Surface Drill Rig

Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, is exhibiting a variety of innovative and productive offerings for the first time in North America at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, March 10-14 in Las Vegas.

In booth C20405, the company is showcasing new and updated products — including the automation-ready SmartROC D60 surface drill rig — to help customers increase productivity, safety, efficiency and sustainability. They include:

Automation-ready SmartROC D60 Surface Drill Rig

This down-the-hole (DTH) surface drill rig for quarrying, mining and construction has been updated with Epiroc’s automation-ready platform. The robust and dependable SmartROC D60 offers the intelligence and power to consistently and efficiently drill high-quality blast holes with accuracy and precision. It is loaded with smart features such as automated drilling and rod handling that increase safety, efficiency and consistency for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

The automation-ready platform also includes the new Auto Feed Fold feature. With a single action, Auto Feed Fold enables the operator to fold the feed for tramming or position it for drilling. This also comes in handy when operating one or more drill rigs remotely with the BenchREMOTE option.

Available with a shorter boom specially designed for efficient and demanding quarry work, the D60 can drill holes of 4.6 to 7 in. in diameter and to a maximum depth of 182 ft. All these features and flexibility are packed in a rig that is economical to run due to the intelligent control of the compressor and engine rpm. The SmartROC D60 also uses 79 gal. less hydraulic oil than previous versions and features fewer hoses and pumps. 

PowerROC D60 Tier 4 Final Surface Drill Rig

PowerROC D60 Tier 4 Final Surface Drill RigPowerROC D60 Tier 4 Final Surface Drill RigThis hydraulic down-the-hole (DTH) surface drill rig for mining and quarrying not only drills the largest holes in the PowerROC family, it is now equipped with an engine that meets Tier 4 Final emissions regulations to reduce its environmental footprint.

The straightforward, robust rig can drill large holes ranging from 4.31 to 7 in. In addition, the 5+1 Rod Handling System makes it possible to drill holes down to a depth of 98.5 feet. Proven Epiroc technology also helps to ensure that holes are straight and high in quality. The rig features a pilot hydraulic system and straightforward electronics which make the PowerROC D60 both easy to operate and simple to service. The powerful rotation unit ensures that the rig can operate reliably in all types of rock conditions. In addition, a highly effective dust collection system ensures that the work environment is kept clean and safe, which protects both machine and personnel.  

DM30 II Blasthole Drill Rig

Built off the same platform as the DM45 and DML blasthole drill rigs, the newly enhanced Epiroc DM30 II is suitable for a variety of multi-pass rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) drilling applications. Its compact yet heavy-duty design delivers powerful performance and easy transport between benches or even between properties.

DM30 II Blasthole Drill RigDM30 II Blasthole Drill RigA crawler-mounted, hydraulic tophead-drive rig, the DM30 II can achieve a clean hole depth of 28 ft. for single-pass applications and up to 148 ft. for multi-pass applications with a starter rod under the rotary head. It also features a 30-ft. drill pipe change and a four-rod carousel. The DM30 II is now designed to handle 4- to 6½-in. drill pipes with a pulldown of up to 30,000 lbf. and a hole diameter of 5½ to 7 7/8 in.

The mainframe and layout of the machine has been updated for 2020 to better assist customers needing a small-profile machine for tight drilling conditions or transit between sites. Reductions include: working width (to 14.16 ft.); transport width with ladders and non-cab side jack removed (12.3 ft.); and height, tower down (15.4 ft.).

Customers can choose a low- or high-pressure compressor to create the right configuration for their drilling operation. The DM Series drill rig can be equipped with onboard technology capabilities with the optional Epiroc Rig Control System (RCS) Lite for added safety and productivity.

My Epiroc Fleet Management Solution 

My Epiroc Fleet Management SolutionMy Epiroc Fleet Management SolutionThis new digital fleet management solution available on web and mobile devices offers features for increasing fleet efficiency and safety. The platform enables mining and infrastructure operations to optimize fleet performance — any device, any job role, any time. The solution for the future of fleet management will be demonstrated at the Epiroc booth.

Regardless of role — a fleet manager focusing on uptime, a machine operator getting the job done, or a member of the service team keeping on top of equipment performance, safety and reliability — My Epiroc is built to assist in accomplishing jobs and improving work flow. My Epiroc users can find speed and efficiency to free up time to focus on what is important. My Epiroc is truly mobile and works equally well on the road, in the office or in a vehicle.

TCO Supervisory Agreement

The TCO supervisory agreement is a common project between the customer and Epiroc to improve fleet maintenance and lower total cost of ownership. The initial focus is mapping of current parts consumption and performance to set the road map for improvement of running cost and total cost of ownership. The program involves reliability engineering to develop individual maintenance plans for improved machine performance and efficiency.

The agreement gives guidance to develop more efficient operations. Reliability-centered maintenance takes this a step further by combining monitoring, inspections, maintenance tasks and overhauls to always keep the reliability of the machine and components at a high level.

Robust Hydraulic Attachment Tools

Epiroc will display a spectrum of models from its productive lineup of hydraulic attachments for demolition, recycling and rock excavation. These include concrete busters, bulk pulverizers, combi cutters, steel cutters, hydraulic breakers, breakers with integrated dust suppression, hydraulic compactors, drum cutters, and multi grapples. These models offer high efficiency, application and carrier flexibility, and longer service life.

Total drill solutions with rock drilling tools Epiroc will exhibit rock drilling tools solutions suited for integration with the FlexiROC T30 R, PowerROC D60 and SmartROC D60 drilling rigs on display at the show — highlighting Epiroc’s ability to deliver complete equipment solutions from the rig to the drill string.