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Atlas Copco launch SmartROC D60

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Atlas Copco has launched SmartROC D60, a surface drill rig suitable for most types of surface drilling applications and difficult conditions.

The drill is robust enough to manage aggregate and limestone quarrying, as well as surface mining and construction drilling. SmartROC D60 is a versatile DTH rig designed for drilling 110 – 178 mm holes and can be used in a variety of applications.

The rig also has a high level of automation design to result in optimum efficiency and consistent productivity.

Additionally, the robust, standard feed carrying 5 m tubes feature built-in sensors in the rod handling cylinders and carousel motor, thereby enabling more reliable rod handling and eliminating the need for inductive sensors. The rig also has Auto Rod Handling as a standard feature to automatically add and then extract the rods when the desired depth is reached.

The rig also has low fuel consumption which is achieved through intelligent control of the compressor load and engine RPM, resulting in an estimated fuel saving of up to 15% compared to the FlexiROC D60.

Mike Wentworth, Product Manager for Atlas Copco in the U.S., says: “What we have in the SmartROC D60 is robustness and intelligence working together to achieve optimum performance and cost efficiency. The result is that the owner gets more holes per shift and consistently high productivity.”

Mattias Hjerpe, Product Manager at the Surface and Exploration Drilling division in Sweden, adds: “The development of this rig is the latest in our drive to produce a wider range of surface drill rigs that can give better results at lower costs. It’s the smart way to go in today’s economy and I can promise that these rigs will get even smarter in the future.”

The SmartROC D60 can also be used for toe-hole, dewatering hole and horizontal drilling, and, as the feed can be positioned horizontally, feed maintenance is also easier.

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