Using the SmartROC D65, accurate drilling of blast holes, combined with fully digital blast design and analysis via EPC-UK's in-house software Expertir, means the blast process can be managed with precision from beginning to end to deliver the desired outcome for the customer.
The rig's Hole Navigation System (NHS) enables faster setup at each hole location, while the automated drilling process ensures consistent contact with the rock, which controls the compressor and air flow to maximise fuel efficiency. The HNS in conjunction with the built-in GPS removes the need to manually mark and survey hole positions, improving both efficiency and safety.
"EPC-UK is continually investing in the future to ensure its technologies and engineering expertise are industry-leading," said Ben Coppock, national operations manager at EPC-UK, "which demonstrates our continued commitment to providing customers with the most up-to-the-minute drilling and blasting technology.
"The Epiroc SmartROC D65 will help us to further optimise the blasting process to produce the best possible fragmentation, as well as reduce fuel consumption due to its intelligent control of compressor-load and engine rpm."
"The SmartROC D65 is our first down-the-hole smart rig to be deployed in the UK," noted Paul Warren, Epiroc's SED sales manager. "This is a significant step for Epiroc in terms of product development and we are delighted that EPC-UK has decided to introduce this new technology to the industry.
"We have worked with EPC-UK for a number of years and understand its business ethos of constant development and improvement, as it mirrors our own."