The SmartROC D65 surface drill rig from Atlas Copco has been upgraded to enable direct communication with the rig’s control system. This includes transferring drill plans to the rig and receiving drilling data log files.
When the surface drill rig SmartROC D65 was launched in 2010 it was immediately recognized for its power and productivity, which is considerable, but also for its intelligence and communications capability provided by its unique, computer-based Rig Control System (RCS).
At that time, drill plans prepared in the mine or quarry office were installed into the rig’s control system via a USB memory stick. Now the SmartROC designers have enabled the rig to download this data directly via the worksite’s own local area network (LAN) or wireless network WLAN.
“ This is an ethernet application module for SmartROC D65 rigs working in a fixed installation in mines and larger stone quarries ,” explains Olav Kvist, Product Line Manager at the company’s Surface Drilling Equipment division.
The new interface not only makes data transfer simpler and faster. It is also more user-friendly as it allows planners to more easily make changes and last minute adjustments.
In addition, Kvist points out, it paves the way for mines and quarries to install wireless systems and also offers SmartROC D65 owner-contractors a competitive advantage in that they can “plug” straight in to their customers’ networks.
The application was developed by Atlas Copo during the summer 2011 and has been test-run in Australia with excellent results.
SmartROC D65 shares its intelligent platform with all rigs in the SmartROC family, including the Atlas Copco PitViper series. The rig communication standard is all based on the International Rock Excavation Data Exchange Standard (IREDES) enabling total management and operation control.
For further information please contact:
- Olav Kvist, Product Line Manager, Surface Drilling Equipment
Phone: +46 (0)19 670 7422 – Mobile: +46 (0)76 645 7565
- Hellen Ekefalk, Communications and Brand Manager, Surface Drilling Equipment
Phone: +46 (0)19 503 1329 – Mobile: +46 (0)73 271 2425
Atlas Copco Surface Drilling Equipment is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets rock drilling equipment and mobile crushers and screeners for various applications in civil engineering, quarries and open pit mines worldwide. The division focuses strongly on innovative product design and aftermarket support systems, which give added customer value. The divisional headquarters and main production center is in Örebro, Sweden.