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Atlas Copco development to improve underground drilling safety

Atlas Copco has announced the launch of a new line of drilling rigs that have been developed to improve safety in underground drilling applications.

Atlas Copco’s Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced control system that automates the drilling and rod removal functions to minimise the risk presented by manually carrying out these tasks.

The company has said that by using the unique rod handler, the operator can perform the work from a safe distance. Atlas Copco believes that the automation not only increases safety for the operators, it also improves the working environment and increases the productivity.

 “There is an increasing focus on safety within the mining industry and the new Diamec Smart series sets a new standard for underground core drilling rigs,” said Atlas Copco vice president marketing – exploration equipment Martin Sommers. “Customers that have tried automatic drilling and rod handling never want to go back to the old way of drilling.”

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