The RigScan service from Atlas Copco, which allows the condition of construction and mining equipment to be determined without dismantling or removing components, is now available in Europe.
Introduced in North America in 2014, RigScan’s official European launch will take place at the Bauma 2016 exhibition in Munich Germany (April 11–17).
Using the RigScan audit, rigs can be diagnosed for wear and faults such as blockages or internal leakages. This service, which is carried out by Atlas Copco’s certified experts, involves various high-tech tools, including a handheld device for thermal imaging. About 500 items are checked and the findings are diagnosed against pre-set service protocols.
The service has been well received in the United States where it is now routinely used by contractors for checking the condition of drill rig fleets between jobs. One example is the mining contractor Small Mine Development (SMD) of Battle Mountain, Nevada. SMD used RigScan to determine the condition of Atlas Copco Boltec rock bolting rigs that had been standing idle for a period of time after working non-stop underground.