The Epiroc FlexiROC D55 rig will be based at Brassington Moor Quarry where Longcliffe operates an in-house drill and blast system to extract limestone for use in a range of industrial powders for products including animal feeds, fertiliser, glass production and adhesives.
Previously the company's one drill rig was used for both this quarry and its Ryder Point Quarry, two miles away. The rig had to ‘track' between the quarries, taking up valuable time (around half a day each time), and using large amounts of fuel. This new, second rig will prevent the need to move rigs between quarries, enabling Longcliffe to achieve improved efficiency, reduce fuel use and save on the cost of replacement tracks.
This investment will deliver significant improvements
Jon Murgatroyd, Longcliffe's Brassington Moor Quarry manager, said: "This investment will deliver significant improvements on our operational efficiency and environmental impact. In addition to achieving savings on time and fuel, the rig will also help us with better utilisation of the rock on the ground."
The process for blasting in the quarry begins with laser profiling the faces, then blast designs using 3D modelling. Finally, a comprehensive GPS system is used by the driller to position the rig to pinpoint shot locations to match the computerised plan.
Longcliffe's managing director, Paul Boustead, added: "We are pleased to take delivery of this second drill rig. We are continually looking for ways to increase the sustainability and efficiency of our operations. Moving our original rig between sites was challenging and costly and we can see already the benefits of having a dedicated rig in each of our quarries."
Epiroc's area sales manager, Jason Reilly, said: "Epiroc's ambition is to produce the world's greenest machines, to enable our partners to mine minerals in the most sustainable way possible, whilst improving safety, productivity, and machine availability even further. So, we are delighted that the team at Longcliffe have ordered another Epiroc FlexiROC D55, in their chosen corporate colours, complete with a ROC-Care service agreement, demonstrating the close working partnership and shared commitment to sustainability between our two companies."
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