A world first! Unique, patented IPS system takes hydraulic breaker performance to a new level
Epiroc launches another first in hydraulic breaker technology at Hillhead. All of the company’s heavy (HB) hydraulic breakers now feature the patented Intelligent Protection System (IPS). Seamlessly combining Epiroc’s popular AutoControl and StartSelect functions, this fully automated system provides simpler, more efficient, and more economical operation than ever before.
Epiroc’s HB10000, which now features the performance enhancing Impact Protection |System, will be on show at Hillhead
AutoControl and StartSelect have been popular features on Epiroc hydraulic breakers for some years. AutoControl optimises 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 across the HB range for 22t – 140t carriers.
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 the working process is not interrupted.
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 minimised as well.
A long history of innovation
Epiroc’s Hydraulic Attachment Tools (HAT) division has been a technology leader for more than 50 years. The hydraulic breaker was originally developed in 1963 by the German company Krupp Berco Bautechnik, which became part of Atlas Copco in 2002. The product range today includes 100 different hydraulic attachment tools, and is designed to ensure that customers can always find the right tool for their specific application and excavator.
Epiroc UK & Ireland Limited will be showing hydraulic attachment tools developed and supplied by their factories in Germany and Sweden, including their hydraulic breakers from the market leading SB range right up to the HB 10000, the largest serial hydraulic breaker in the world. Also on the stand will be products from their robust and powerful silent demolition tool range, and, for the first time at Hillhead, Epiroc’s Mining division will be presenting their Speedcut diamond wire cutting machine, aimed at the dimension stone industry.