T40

Hole navigation ensures reliable drilling practice, delivers smooth operation

 

Epiroc has cemented itself as a leader in drill rig technology – so much so that about 95 per cent of orders for its SmartROC drill rigs include its Hole Navigation System.

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Rammer

Rammer technology to help cut downtime

 

The use of advanced hydraulics, materials technology, strength calculations, impact wave theory and production technology have cemented rockbreaker solutions provider Rammer’s position in the Australian mining, quarrying and construction industries.

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Victoria

Victorian extractive industry flourishes – in spite of COVID-19

 

Victoria has recorded its highest level of extractive production in more than 10 years, according to the Victorian Earth Resources sector indicators for 2019-20.

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drill rig chain

Maintaining drill rig chains professionally

Drill rig chains work in some of the most challenging environments. High loads, abrasive conditions and exposure to dirt and dust mean these chains have a shorter service life than most other roller chains.

As BSC National Product Manager for Power Transmission, Troy Markland, explains, “roller chains are typically designed to work approximately 15,000 hours in general industrial applications when meeting standard duty conditions, horsepower guidelines and general good PM practices.

“But in heavy-duty applications such as in drill rigs, their service life can be much shorter. That said, if you are getting very short life out of your chains or if the chains are elongating after only a few weeks or months, that’s a sign your roller chains are not suitable for the job,” Markland says.

As an external drive professional with nearly 30 years of experience at BSC, Markland’s recommendation for heavy-duty applications such as drill rigs is the Diamond HS series chain.

“The Diamond high strength chains are at the very top end of strength when it comes to roller chains,” Markland says.

“The HS series chains have been made with increased fatigue strength which allows the chains to handle the shock loads. These chains also use solid bushings and rollers that allow for extended wear life.”

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Impact drill & blast feature

Upstream tech solves downstream wear and tear

 

How you drill and blast your aggregate can be vital to how it is processed and refined downstream. Steve Price, of Impact Drill & Blast, explains why a full rock-on-ground service can ensure an operation’s quarry products smoothly make the transition from the face to the gate. 

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Sandvik Leopard DI650i

Sandvik adds autonomous capabilities to Leopard DI650i drill rig

 

Sandvik has developed the iDrill automation platform to enable fully autonomous blasthole drilling for the Leopard DI650i down-the-hole drill rig.

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