Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is unveiling three new underground drilling solutions at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2021 in Las Vegas, based around a common theme of electrification, sustainability and digitalization.
The new products include a new battery-powered bolting rig, an accompanying portable training simulator and a new mobile application for enhanced drilling.
Sustainable and productive rock bolting
The new Sandvik DS412iE is a highly automated, productive, battery-electric powered rock bolter for underground mining and tunneling applications. It is equipped with an electric driveline system and battery package with electric motor for zero emissions while tramming and drilling, thereby reducing thermal load and underground ventilation requirements. The rig’s iSeries platform offers various levels of automation for rock support drilling as well as providing component commonality through the 400i drill range. The introduction of Sandvik DS412iE rounds out Sandvik’s first range of battery-electric vehicles for all underground drilling applications.
Learning anywhere, any time
Sandvik Digital Driller™ training simulators provide a compact and flexible solution to safely train underground drill rig operators or maintenance teams. The latest Digital Driller™ module is specifically designed to support the new Sandvik DS412iE battery-electric rig. The new version retains the key features of being low weight and highly portable, enabling it to be used where it is most needed – on site. Use of the simulator is estimated to increase annual productivity by 5 percent due to increased rig availability alone. In addition, training costs are reduced by up to 35 percent through less energy and consumables costs and reduced rig damage.
New mobile app
The new Sandvik DrillConnect mobile application seamlessly and efficiently transfers drilling plans - including those created in iSURE® - drilling reports and MySandvik machine data in environments where network coverage is inadequate or not available. Sandvik DrillConnect removes paper-based processes and automates the data transfer between the office and drill rig via the customer’s preferred mobile device. The app also provides easy access to the machine’s troubleshooting and manuals and is designed to be scalable for future development. The first version will be compatible with iOS devices, with plans to introduce Android compatibility in future iterations.
“Our latest developments are based on the feedback we have received from customers,” said Patrick Murphy, President of Underground Drilling at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. “We have listened to their challenges and are developing solutions that ensure we will continue to lead the industry shift toward a more digitalized and electrified future.”
In addition to the new underground drilling solutions being introduced at MINExpo, a Sandvik DL432i tele-remote operator chair will be on display. Sandvik will also showcase the latest updates to its underground drilling product offering.