AutoControl and StartSelect have been popular features on Epiroc hydraulic breakers for some years. AutoControl optimizes breaker performance by automatically adjusting the piston stroke length. The StartSelect system offers manual switching between two modes: the AutoStart mode enables easy positioning at the beginning of the breaking cycle, and in the AutoStop mode the breaker stops automatically to avoid blank firing at the end of the breaking cycle. Epiroc now takes these features to a higher level.
IPS means no manual switching
Now the functions are ingeniously combined in Epiroc´s Intelligent Protection System (IPS). IPS ensures that the hydraulic breaker always starts in the AutoStart mode. When the contact pressure between chisel and material increases and AutoControl switches from a short piston stroke to a long piston stroke IPS switches automatically to the AutoStop mode. When the chisel breaks through the material the breaker automatically shuts off and prevents blank firing.
Simpler, faster breaking with less wear and more uptime
IPS makes the breaking process even simpler for the operator by automatically adapting the breaker’s operating behavior to any working condition. Uptime is higher since, with its fully automated functionality, IPS requires no operator intervention or reaction and thus there is no interruption of the working process.
The system permits more accurate and significantly faster positioning of the breaker, thanks to the centering effect, and avoids blank firing that often results in tool damage. This also eliminates mechanical strain on the carrier and the life of all wear components is extended. The physical load on the operator is minimized as well.
Heavy hydraulic breakers with IPS
Epiroc HB 2000, HB 2500, HB 3100, HB 3600 and HB 4700 are equipped with IPS. During 2018 all other heavy hydraulic breakers in Epiroc´s range will incorporate this unique system.