Rock drilling specialist Epiroc (formerly Atlas Copco) has announced that the first of its Smartroc D65 drill rigs has been delivered in the UK.
EPC-UK has taken delivery of the rig for drill and blast operations and said it will use the features of the rig to its blast design software.
The D65 features automated drilling, rod-handling and a Hole Navigation System that uses the Leica GNS System to give hole position accuracy to within 100mm.
The machine’s Measure While Drilling system also measures and records multiple parameters while drilling. The data is displayed through Epiroc’s Roc Manager System and can be illustrated in slices through the bench, with the varying rock properties shown with different colours, helping with the safe charging of the holes and saving on explosives.