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Soil Engineering to set UK drill casing handling first

Soil Engineering is the first company in the UK to install the Eijkelkamp Sonicsampdrill Manipall drill casing handling system on a drilling rig.

The intuitive Eijkelkamp Sonicsampdrill Manipall has a power assisted armature able to comfortably handle drill casing equipment up to 3m in length. A magnetic grab removes the load from the operator, while allowing them to retain complete control.

According to Soil Engineering the equipment will deliver a significant reduction in manual handling, will reduce physical stress on crews and keeps hands away from entrapment points.

The equipment will be used for the first time in the UK this week. 

You can watch the equipment in action here

Soil Engineering business development and marketing manager Simon Baxter said: “Removing the need for an operative to manhandle drill casings is nothing new, but the Manipall’s range and flexibility make it somewhat of a game changer.

“We continue to invest in educating and developing our team’s safety management skills, and this latest investment is a sign of our commitment to provide not only knowledge, but the bets available tools for the job.

“We remain at the forefront the of the UK GI industry, having pioneered the use of Keylogbook, drilling parameter recording in ground investigation, and now the use of this ground-breaking intuitive handling equipment.”

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