May 12, 2022
Fewer drill bit changes improve safety
The less time an operator spends on changing drill bits, the better. Every avoided bit change eliminates the risk of slipping and falling and prevents injured backs, hands and fingers as well as increase the drilling time.
"Powerbit X is a game-changer when it comes to safety. The diamond-protected buttons gives the drill bits substantially longer service life than those with standard buttons as well as maximizes the drilling time, which means fewer changes, higher productivity and less exposure to danger for operators."
Boost productivity by drilling without interruption
Powerbit X realizes the full potential of remotely and automatically controlled drilling. The long drill bit life means that it is possible to drill in auto mode over lunch breaks, shift changes and blast ventilation cycles.
"An operator can complete a single hole with only one drill bit. The alternative with in-hole bit replacements is time-consuming and quickly adds substantial productivity losses. It is possible to save hundreds of hours by changing to this new technology using buttons protected by diamonds."
Use diamonds to cut CO2 emissions
The extremely hard surface of Powerbit X makes it possible to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions per drilled meter – by up to 90% compared to standard drill bits. The long bit life of Powerbit X means that less energy and resources are consumed. A reduced need for drill bits in the mining operation also leads to fewer transports – on the way to the mine and in the mine.
Regrinding involves a lot of logistics, and operating a grinding machine is tough work. Using Powerbit X means that the drill bits will last significantly longer and need no regrinding. When a Powerbit X drill bit is finally worn out, it is time for recycling, not regrinding.
Get a consistent result
Constant hole diameter is essential for efficient and even blasting. When using a traditional drill bit, the diameter gets reduced over time, leading to smaller and smaller holes. With Powerbit X, the diamond-protected buttons keep their shape throughout the lifetime of the bit. The fact that the holes are of the same size every time improves both the blasting quality and the life of the drilling equipment.
Epiroc is a vital part of a sustainable society and a global productivity partner for mining and infrastructure customers. With ground-breaking technology, Epiroc develops and provides innovative and safe equipment, such as drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment and tools for surface and underground applications. The company also offers world-class service and other aftermarket support as well as solutions for automation, digitalization and electrification. Epiroc is based in Stockholm, Sweden, had revenues of SEK 36 billion in 2020, and has about 15 000 passionate employees supporting and collaborating with customers in more than 150 countries. Learn more at www.epirocgroup.com.
Epiroc’s Tools & Attachments division develops, manufactures and markets rock drilling tools and hydraulic attachment tools. The products are used for rock excavation, mining, construction, demolition and recycling. The division also provides related service. It has production facilities on six continents, including major facilities in Sweden and Germany. Please see www.epiroc.com for product offerings.