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Drilling & Blasting

New reverse circulation sampling option introduced

16th September 2021 A new reverse circulation (RC) drilling system is said to offer a reliable and accurate method for ore body identification and grade control in opencast mining. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has introduced the new RC sampling option for its Leopard DI650i down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig. Fully... 

Faster, more cost effective drilling

2nd June 2021 A new top hammer drill is said to challenge traditional down-the-hole (DTH) drilling on surface mines and large quarries, promising faster, fuel efficient and cost effective drilling of holes from 140 mm to 178 mm in diameter. The Top Hammer XL, released by Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions,... 

The Pantera DP1600i top hammer drill rig from Sandvik
The Pantera DP1600i top hammer drill rig from Sandvik

New drill rig specially developed for local requirements

14th May 2021 A new down-the-hole crawler drill rig has been designed specifically for Southern African drilling conditions. Local mining equipment supplier ELB Equipment partnered with Japanese drill rig manufacturer Furukawa to develop the Furukawa DCR22 drill rig, with a larger capacity unit than its... 

The Furukawa DCR22 drill rig developed in partnership with ELB Equipment
The Furukawa DCR22 drill rig developed in partnership with ELB Equipment

Ergonomic rock drill prioritises operator comfort

7th May 2021 A range of surface rock drills have been specifically designed to ensure operator comfort and safety. Combining an ergonomic design with smart technology, Atlas Copco’s Surface Rock Drill (SRD) range is said to deliver reliability, efficiency, safety, low maintenance and serviceability. The... 

A surface rock drill from Atlas Copco
A surface rock drill from Atlas Copco

Drilling automation offers solution for quarries

19th February 2021 A global shift towards autonomous drilling in the quarrying sector is seen to be the result of a number of benefits offered by the automation of surface drill rigs, such as an increase in productivity and cost-savings. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has noted a growing interest in drilling... 

The Sandvik Leopard DI650i is designed for high-capacity production drilling applications in surface mining and for large-scale quarry applications
The Sandvik Leopard DI650i is designed for high-capacity production drilling applications in surface mining and for large-scale quarry applications

Hands-free rod handling improves safety

23rd October 2020 A hands-free rod handling system which is designed to fully automate the loading of drill rods and core barrel operation, has been released. Pacific Technologies and its drilling rigs supplier, Hanjin D&B, announced the new solution which is said to be particularly suited for applications such as... 

Pacific Technologies and Hanjin D&B's hands-free rod handling  system
Pacific Technologies and Hanjin D&B's hands-free rod handling system

New and improved rock drill launched

23rd October 2020 A new rock drill that promises greater reliability, reduced operating costs and improved productivity, has recently been launched. The RDX5 rock drill from Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik,  features new design aspects such as pressurised seams to increase durability. The... 

The RDX5 rock drill from Sandvik,
The RDX5 rock drill from Sandvik,

Electric drill rig set to transform mining

21st August 2020 A transition from diesel-driven to battery-powered drill rigs is expected across Southern African mines, with the introduction of a highly-automated underground electric drill rig. The innovation has been in development for the past three years and, accoding to Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology,... 

The Sandvik DD422iE’s electric drill rig
The Sandvik DD422iE’s electric drill rig

Vehicle-mounted drilling unit installed

17th July 2020 Positive-grip, pressed-section planks and walkways have been installed for the Chamber of Mines rescue drilling unit based at Colliery Training College (CTC) at eMalahleni in Mpumalanga. The walkway’s non-slip features, combined with its high strength-to-weight ratio, make it particularly... 

Mentis Die-Line walkways and planks installed around a drill vehicle
Mentis Die-Line walkways and planks installed around a drill vehicle

HUD MINING SUPPLIES

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2019 South African manufacturer of specialist exploration drilling machinery and consumables. Includes making the entire range of impregnated and surface set diamond drill bits and reaming shells, and PCD and other specialist bits.  Kempe and MetreEater diamond drills.  Full engineering workshop... 

HUD MINING SUPPLIES

Epiroc South Africa (Pty) Ltd

12th November 2018 Epiroc is a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries. With cutting-edge technology, Epiroc develops and produces innovative drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment, and provides world-class service and consumables. Tel: +27(0) 11... 

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