The latest SmartROC D65 is intelligent, automated and future-proof - and loaded with smart features. The continued evolution of the machine includes features such as the Auto Feed Fold, a new interactive touch screen and 8m pipes, which results in less rod changes and more time drilling.
"In addition, with the BenchREMOTE option, one person can safely control up to three rigs simultaneously from up to 100m away, which dramatically increases operator productivity," said Kristopher Thomas, product manager, Surface and Exploration Drilling division, Epiroc Australia.
"Our customers are really starting to see the value in our automation journey - from BenchRemote to full automation. And with our ‘6th Sense' way of working, we will together with our customers achieve great results in the future," added Thomas.
The new hydraulic system, with fewer and more efficient pumps, also needs less hydraulic oil and a minimal number of hoses and connections. As a result, the hydraulic tank has decreased in size from 400 to 100L. This reduces its environmental footprint and also improve service access and makes for more cost-effective maintenance.
"The SmartROC D65 has a unique position in Australia. The fact that you can upgrade the SmartROC D65 depending on your needs with, for example, Hole navigation system or BenchRemote, makes SmartROC D65 a choice that is both future-proof and automated," Thomas noted.
The SmartROC D65 is a DTH surface drill rig best suited for contour, presplit and production drilling tasks within Australian mining industry.