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Common Automation Panel for mixed fleet

December 14, 2023

Epiroc is now launching the revolutionary Common Automation Panel (CAP) for RCS-based surface drill rigs - Pit Viper and SmartROC DTH MKII models. CAP enables a transformation in remote control centers, with improved ergonomics and a platform approach to run mixed fleet operations from a single station.

The Common Automation Panel is designed for an innovative transformation of the control room.
“CAP has been created for the modern mine remote control center environment. This product will help our customers to streamline the value chain of their surface drilling operations – and create a safer and more productive environment, says Christopher Blignaut, Automation Manager at Epiroc Surface division.  


CAP creates opportunities for complete transformation, including improving the layout in the control room, the way operators are trained and work, and reduced variability and spare parts costs.

"The CAP station will bring value to the daily mining operations that focus on technology and automation – through direct opportunities to increase utilization of the fleet and reducing operating costs. Operation through CAP can also prolong the effective life of the equipment by ensuring that equipment operates within optimal design parameters. This results in lowering maintenance costs overall"

Christopher Blignaut ,Automation Manager, Epiroc Surface division
Common Automation Panel has a new design approach, which was developed in collaboration with close partners. It includes a 12” touchscreen display and joystick configuration for different machine types, which is an important benefit when it comes to mixed fleet operations with Pit Viper and SmartROC DTH MKII as well as training for new operators. For operators, this means easier adaptation between machines and more flexibility to run the fleet. The product was also designed with improved ergonomics in mind, to allow the panel to be situated comfortably in multiple positions.

The Common Automation Panel also offers a new safety system to further reduce the office footprint and increase the total number of machines that can connect into a control room in a single system. This is important for situational awareness during remote operations and will reduce maintenance and operating costs for larger fleets.

CAP will enable more consistent and predictable operations and a lower overall cost of ownership. In the long run, this will have a positive effect on de-carbonization as well as enhancing the health and wellbeing of the operators.
“We see increased environmental, social, and governance (ESG) demands, tighter demands on health and safety, and the need to integrate groundbreaking digitalized solutions that boost productivity in the mining environment. CAP answers these demands directly”, says Christopher Blignaut.

The Common Automation Panel will be available commercially from December 14 2023.  Please contact your local Epiroc Customer Center for further information.

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For further information please contact:

Christopher Blignaut

Automation Manager, Epiroc Surface division

Phone: +1 469 786 9789


Anders Bromsjö

Project Manager - Brand Communication

Phone: +46 72 083 6011


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 50 billion in 2022, and has around 17 000 passionate employees supporting and collaborating with customers in more than 150 countries. Learn more at


Epiroc´s Surface division develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of rock drilling equipment and solutions for use in surface mining, construction, quarries, as well as water well applications worldwide. It also provides customers with exploration equipment, tooling and advanced orebody data analysis. The division has production in Sweden, the United States, Canada, China, India, Australia and South Africa. Please see for product offerings.

International CAP 2023 Press release