Sandvik Offering Automated Underground Drilling Capabilities

At MINExpo, Sandvik introduced its new AutoMine compatible underground drilling solutions which use 3D scanning technology to make drilling and bolting operations more efficient.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is drastically improving the drilling experience with its new Sandvik AutoMine compatible underground drilling offering. Based on proven Sandvik AutoMine technology that has been in use for more than 10 years in numerous underground mines, customers are now able to significantly upgrade their operation's productivity and safety. New intelligent rigs, led by Sandvik DD422i development jumbo, will soon include long hole drills and bolters.

New 3D scanning technology makes drilling and also bolting more efficient by bringing in new tools and methods for continuous quality control. Blasting quality, overbreak and underbreak analyses together with continuous mine mapping increase overall drill and blast process efficiency significantly. Combining this with the Sandvik OptiMine information management platform provides a powerful tool for creating a true transparency and integration of underground mining operations. Sandvik showcased this new scanning technology in connection with the new Sandvik DD422iE electric development jumbo at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016

Sandvik has successfully delivered highly automated underground drilling systems for selected customers for many years. The company is now busy finalizing the commercialization 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. 

Sandvik underground drilling equipment is also now fully compatible with Sandvik OptiMine monitoring and future data-driven productivity technology. 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 automatization they’re ready for, starting with tele-remotely controlled operation through to full fleet automated operation. With a wide range of automation options built into Sandvik drill rigs and bolters, customers can rest assured that their equipment is used efficiently and that the results meet the most demanding production requirements.

Sandvik set up a fully functional automation control center to demonstrate its reliable and easy-to-use automation technology at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL, enabling equipment in the company’s test mine in Finland to be operated live from Las Vegas.