Atlas Copco to focus on automation at MINExpo 2016
Atlas Copco, the global leader in surface and underground mining equipment, will focus on automation at MINExpo 2016 (September 26-28) in Las Vegas, USA. The company’s booth will showcase a wide range of solutions aimed at tackling many of today’s toughest challenges in the mining industry.
Laying the Foundation for Optimism
Continues Halling: “At Atlas Copco, we are totally committed to helping our customers to tackle the present downtrend by offering our extensive knowhow in every area of the business. That’s why our innovations share the same objective – to help our customers do things easier, faster, safer and more cost-effectively than was previously possible.”
However, he also adds that Atlas Copco’s mission is not just to develop solutions that increase productivity and cut costs, but solutions that are environmentally sustainable as well. “We believe that this combination is the right formula for long-term success and makes us an ideal partner for future growth and prosperity.”
- Next generation automation for surface drilling with innovations such as Automatic Rod Changing, smart Auto Navigation, and the next generation of Auto Drill for rotary Pit Viper drills that uses bit information to make changes to drilling performance in real time. Read more here: http://www.atlascopcogroup.com/en/media/corporate-pressreleases/2016/20160620-order
- With remote control fast becoming a “must have”, Atlas Copco’s BenchREMOTE remote control station is the perfect solution. The station can be located up to 100 m from the drill hole and enables up to three rigs to be operated remotely at the same time. At the Atlas Copco booth, visitors will be able to experience BenchREMOTE surface drilling using virtual reality technology.
- BenchREMOTE is also available for the Pit Viper series of blasthole drills and has been demonstrated to operate multiple Pit Vipers from distances of up to 1km. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the BenchREMOTE trailer on display and learn how the actual unit on display has operated in real mining environments to offer customer a simple teleremote solution.
- RCS Lite, a new system that will soon bring the power of Atlas Copco’s Rig Control System (RCS) to the DM series of drill rigs such as the DM-45 and DM-L.
- The recently improved Scooptram Automation system with multi machine capabilities which gives full control of the underground loading operation. Through the mine data network, up to 35 Scooptram loaders located in several production areas can be connected and controlled from one or several control rooms.
- Certiq, a telematics system that gathers, compares and communicates vital machine performance data together with other tools such as Machine Client, Surface Manager and Tunnel Manager, all of which improve workflow and enable monitoring and management of equipment fleets.
New in Surface and Exploration
Visitors to the booth will also witness the prelaunch of SmartROC CL, a new rig using the COPROD drilling method, offering higher penetration rates coupled with lower fuel consumption and exceptional hole quality. The obvious benefit of lower fuel costs is now also available to users of the popular SmartROC D65, which has been upgraded with a fuel savings kit that reduces fuel consumption by up to 15%. In addition, it now comes with optional long and short feeds to suit most drilling applications.
It is widely acknowledged that exploration drilling has been particularly hit by the current downturn and market conditions. Against this background, safety has emerged as the most important competitive weapon and the new Atlas Copco Christensen 140 is a good example. This drill rig, which also gets a top spot at MINExpo, meets all international safety standards and environmental requirements. Furthermore, it has many new features such as a new, gear-driven rotation unit and a constant penetration rate, which increases productivity and lowers the costs associated with maintenance and downtime.
The same high standards of safety apply to the new Diamec Smart 8, the largest exploration rig in the Diamec range, which is capable of taking cores at depths of up to 2 000 meters. The rig’s advanced control system enables all drilling and adding and removal of drill rods and core barrel inner tube to be carried out automatically, allowing the operator to work from a safe distance.
Good News Underground
Building on Atlas Copco’s years of underground haulage experience around the globe, the new Minetruck MT65 offers superior performance in a compact profile. With a 65 tonne capacity and an effective powertrain, Minetruck MT65 promises to dramatically increase productivity. The truck is designed to maximize uptime thanks to its service friendly design and easy access to daily checkpoints. Comprehensive safety features, a comfortable work environment and a proven control system that enables smart solutions, all contribute to increased production and improved underground haulage.
According to Atlas Copco, no other rig in this class can match the productivity of the new Boomer S2 drill rig at such low operational cost. The rig is said to work harder and longer with strengthened components and increased parts protection resulting in minimal internal wear, faster drilling and overall durability.
The rig’s newly introduced COP MD20 rock drill is said to be 10% faster in blast and bolt hole drilling than comparable rock drills on the market, while at the same time Atlas Copco’s dampening technology improves drill steel economy and increases drill uptime.
A new, intuitive interface, upgraded software, automated add-ons and user-friendly environment add up to safer, more productive rock drilling.
Visitors who want to try their hand at operating the new Boomer S2 in a realistic mining environment will be able to do just that in a specially designed Boomer S2 simulator at the Atlas Copco booth.
Easer, the Atlas Copco mobile raisebore, operates in the same way as a traditional raiseborer, drilling both upwards and downwards, but can be easily moved to wherever it is needed in the mine. In addition, to make the work safer and more efficient, all moving and lifting is done with a remote control crane. The rig is wheel mounted, making it exceptionally easy to move, and for fast and easy set-up, no concrete platform or site preparation is necessary. Atlas Copco’s years of experience and ongoing dialogue with mining customers around the world have also resulted in many automated add-ons designed to make raise boring safer and easier.
Rock Drilling Tools at the Forefront
Forward Thinking in Portable Energy
The XAS1150, is a compact, versatile and powerful diesel compressor providing a flow of up to 1150 cfm and a working pressure of 58–225 psi. The new XATS 900E electric compressor delivers compressed air from 100 to 150 psi with a flow of up to 900 cfm. The QEC 1200 mobile generator provides one megawatt of containerized power that can be easily transported and features a Power Management System (PMS) enabling the optimization of fuel consumption.
Added to this is the HiLight Tower range of light towers, perfect for mining applications. The V5+ model will be on display, incorporating the latest LED lighting technology. When it comes to dewatering solutions, visitors can see the WEDA range of electric submersible pumps, featuring the industry’s leading power-to-weight ratios.
The Atlas Copco booth at MINExpo 2016 will be located in the North Hall, Booth 2121.
For further information, please contact:
- Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions
- Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Service
firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 732 70 62 85
- Atlas Copco Portable Energy
email@example.com, +32 4 76984338
- Atlas Copco Rock Drilling Tools
firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 732 745 327
- Atlas Copco Surface and Exploration Drilling
Anna Dahlman Herrgård
email@example.com, +46 733 26 73 82
- Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation
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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2015, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 102 (BEUR 11) and more than 43 000 employees. Learn more at www.atlascopcogroup.com.