EPC-UK commission their first Epiroc SmartROC D65 in the UK
EPC-UK commission their first Epiroc SmartROC D65 in the UK.
EPC-UK is the proud owner of the first Epiroc branded SmartROC D65 in the UK. ‘EPC-UK is one of the leaders of new technologies in the industry’ – Steve Moore (Master Driller UK EPC).
The first SmartROC D65 sold in to the UK
The technologically advanced SmartROC D65 was commissioned in mid-January and will be working as part of the EPC-UK fleet. EPC-UK was keen to implement its blast design software with the Smart features of the D65, which include automated drilling, rod-handling and a Hole Navigation System (HNS). There are additional production efficiency gains that EPC-UK was attracted to, such as the rig’s intelligent drilling system. The optimised drilling and blasting that the D65 intelligent system provides, as well as an Epiroc full Repair and Maintenance Service, has made the SmartROC the best choice for EPC-UK.
When a drill rig model is the first of its type in the local market, as the SmartROC D65 is, a Technical team (based out of Orebro, Sweden) supports the commissioning of the rig. During the commissioning process all functions of the drill were tested to the customer’s satisfaction, any issues were explained to the operator and the machine was adjusted to the customer’s requirements.
The set-up process starts with the familiarization of the new control levers, and the internal and external design and layout of the machine which was carried out by Epiroc’s local Service Engineer. Once familiar with the cab the Technical Service Team started training the operator with more in-depth features, including the HNS and the operator’s screens.
In this case the SmartROC D65 rig was fitted with the Leica GNS System which, working in conjunction with the fixed base Carlson navigation System, gives automatic hole position accuracy to +/- ten centimetres . Also the machine’s Measure While Drilling (MWD) system on the rig measures and records multiple parameters whilst drilling. The data through Epiroc’s ROC Manager System can be illustrated in slices through the bench, and the different rock properties are shown with different colours, helping with the safe charging of the holes and saving on explosives. These, in conjunction with automatic drilling and rod handling systems, also save on consumables usage and as a combination generate considerable fuel saving over previous drill rig models.
A drilled test hole and a further six holes were drilled using the systems previously mentioned and data was loaded onto a USB from the rig and studied in the site office. The benefits of accuracy and level of detail from the SmartROC’s intelligent systems were clear to see.
SmartROC D65 Measure While Drilling illustration
The ROC Manager system illustration below shows a fraction of the information available to the customer from the rig’s technology.
The thorough commissioning and training process, as well as the use of an experienced driller, meant new features were quickly learnt and the benefits of the SmartROC technology were visible to all.
"Trust the machine to do what is has to do. The training is a big learning curve but in a couple of weeks we will be back to where we planned"
Epiroc, as a supplier, supports and works alongside contractor customers such as EPC-UK to integrate the SmartROC technology to benefit future business direction and facilitate the efficiency and productivity gains Epiroc can introduce to a fleet.
For further information on the SmartROC technology:- https://www.epiroc.com/en-uk/products/drill-rigs/surface-drill-rigs/smartroc-d65
Press release from Epiroc UK & Ireland Limited
For further information please contact:
Lucy Welsby – Communications Manager
+44 (0) 7971 650465 or +44 (0) 442 687013