More digitalised underground drilling rollout

Working within budget and on time is the envy of every mine operator and Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to facilitate such results with its technologies.

The company recently upgraded its digitalized underground drilling to improve drilling accuracy, cycle times and reduce operation costs.

The new system offers accurate visual information an improvement to the mining process.

With ten years on the market, Sandvik AutoMine has been used by numerous underground mines.

Now customers are able to significantly upgrade through the new intelligent rigs, led by Sandvik DD422i development jumbo, which include long hole drills and bolters.

In addition, new 3D scanning technology makes drilling and bolting more efficient by bringing in new tools and methods for continuous quality control.

On the other hand blasting quality, overbreak and underbreak analyses together with continuous mine mapping increase overall drill and blast process efficiency significantly.

The new equipment is supported by the Sandvik OptiMine information management platform which provides a powerful tool for creating a true transparency and integration of underground mining operations.

Over the years, Sandvik has successfully delivered highly automated underground drilling systems for selected customers for many years.

“The company is now busy finalising the commercialisation of these offerings into global markets. This will bring Sandvik AutoMine-type tele-remote capabilities into new underground mining applications, including long hole and development drilling.”

The company assures customers of data driven productivity now that Sandvik underground drilling equipment is fully compatible with Sandvik OptiMine monitoring.

“The connectivity comes standard for new equipment but retrofit kits are also available for existing equipment out in the field.”

Scalable Sandvik automation solutions allow customers to choose the level of automatisation they’re ready for, starting with tele-remotely controlled operation through to full fleet automated operation.

According Sandvik customers are assured that the equipment if used efficiently, the results meet the most demanding production requirements. As a result of wide range of automation options built into Sandvik drill rigs and bolters.


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