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Power and precision on display

as Atlas Copco showcases SmartROC C50 drill rig

January 1, 2015

A surface drill rig offering the golden combination of raw power and high precision. That’s the concept behind Atlas Copco’s SmartROC C50 which goes on show this year at Bauma 2016.
For many quarrying companies and contractors, the SmartROC C50 drill rig from Atlas Copco is the perfect combination of power and precision – and with good reason.

This rig, which will be showcased at the Bauma 2016 exhibition in Munich, Germany (April 11–17), has proved it can combine high penetration rates with superior hole quality in some of the world’s most challenging conditions.

Designed for the 89–140 mm (3 1/2 – 5 1/2”) hole range and high production bench drilling in aggregate and limestone quarrying as well as selective surface mining, the rig is also known for being extremely fuel efficient, in some cases cutting fuel costs by as much as 50 percent.

"The combination of high power and precision is not an easy equation to achieve when it comes to high capacity benching, but the SmartROC C50 truly gives the best of both worlds. Together with the COPROD drill string system it gives superior hole quality with straight and smooth walls"

Marcus Leü ,Product Manager at the Surface and Exploration Drilling division in Sweden
A contributing factor to hole quality is the adjustable flushing capability. The possibility to adapt the air during drilling eliminates the risk of destroying the hole wall by over-flushing. This, in turn, also saves fuel and reduces wear on components.

But it is in the search for consistency in drilling operations where the SmartROC C50 really scores. For example, its ROC Manager software enables each round to be planned in advance and the optional Hole Navigation System (HNS) enables the rig to locate, collar and drill every hole in the pattern with the utmost precision.

Not only that, the results of each drilling operation are automatically collected and logged and this provides valuable data that can be used to improve the entire quarrying or mining process.

Other functions such as automatic feed alignment, which ensures the correct hole inclination, and automatic rod adding also play their part in making sure that each hole is drilled exactly as planned, time after time, and that rounds are correctly blasted to achieve the desired rock fragmentation.

At Bauma 2016, the SmartROC C50 will be on show at the Atlas Copco outdoor display, Stand 1108.
For more information please contact:
Mattias Hjerpe, Product Manager
Mobile: +46 (0) 70 265 3486 Email:
Cecilia Widegren, Communications Professional
Mobile: +46 (0)70 676 2022 Email:
Surface and Exploration Drilling is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets rock and exploration drilling equipment for various applications in civil and geotechnical engineering, quarries and both surface as well as underground mines worldwide. Atlas Copco's strong focus on innovative product design and service support systems gives added customer value. The main production centers are in Sweden, Italy, India, Japan and China. The divisional headquarters is in Örebro, Sweden.

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