Automation technology supports surface drill management

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Common Automation Panel for mixed fleet from Epiroc

10th February 2024


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Epiroc has launched its common automation panel (CAP) for rig control system-based surface drill rigs, namely the Pit Viper and SmartROC DTH MKII models.

CAP is said to enable improved ergonomics and a platform approach to run mixed fleet operations from a single station, including improving the layout in the control room, the way operators are trained and work, and reduced variability and spare parts costs.

“A CAP will help our customers to streamline the value chain of their surface drilling operations – and create a safer and more productive environment,” says Epiroc surface division automation manager Christopher Blignaut.

“The CAP station will bring value to the daily mining operations that focus on technology and automation – through direct opportunities to increase utilisation of the fleet and reducing operating costs. Operation through a CAP can also prolong the effective life of the equipment by ensuring that equipment operates within optimal design parameters. This results in lowering maintenance costs overall,” he adds.

The new CAP design includes a 12” touchscreen display and joystick configuration for different machine types which allows for easier adaptation between machines and more flexibility to run the fleet. The product was designed with a focus on improved ergonomics, allowing the panel to be situated comfortably in multiple positions.

The CAP also offers a new safety system to help reduce the office footprint and increase the total number of machines that can connect into a control room in a single system. This is important for situational awareness during remote operations and aims to reduce maintenance and operating costs for larger fleets.

In addition, the CAP helps enable more consistent and predictable operations and a lower overall cost of ownership.

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