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Automatic Bit Changer now available for Pit Viper 351

September 20, 2023

Epiroc releases Automatic Bit Changer (ABC) for Pit Viper 351 blasthole drill rigs. 

Epiroc announces the release of its ground-breaking Automatic Bit Changer (ABC), now available for the Pit Viper 351 blasthole drill rig. Following the success and positive customer feedback from the ABC introduction in the Pit Viper 270 series, Epiroc continues to transform the drilling industry with this innovative solution.


The Automatic Bit Changer enables hands-free bit changes, leveraging cutting-edge automation and advanced control systems. Operators can effortlessly switch rotary efficiency. ABC enhances safety by eliminating exposure to live work environments by eliminating human interaction with the drill string.

"With the successful launch of Automatic Bit Changer (ABC) for Pit Viper 270 and 290 Series, we are proud to release ABC for Pit Viper 351 drills and keep moving forward our Automation strategies to continue to transform the mining industry."

Carla Chaname , Product Manager – Machine Automation

The removable bit carousel allows storage of up to four bits onboard, offering flexibility and versatility for various drilling applications. The compact, above-deck design maximizes space utilization and ensures simplified and safer maintenance procedures.


By reducing the possibility of human error, minimizing injuries, and increasing machine uptime, Epiroc continues to empower mining operations to achieve greater success.

"Scaling up the proven Auto Bit Changer from the Pit Viper 270 and 290 Series resulted in a safe, reliable, and repeatable Pit Viper 351 solution. The durability of the consumables along with the speed of an ABC sequence increases the machine up time."

Matt Fosler , Project Manager – Engineering
Epiroc is dedicated to creating sophisticated solutions. These solutions aim to eliminate live work, enhance safety within work environments, and elevate mining productivity and process efficiency - ABC does exactly that.

Check out the Automatic Bit Changer on a Pit Viper 351 in action from the field.

Automatic Bit Changer brochure

Press photo for downloading

For further information please contact:

Carla Chaname

Product Manager - Machine Automation - Epiroc Surface division

Phone: +1 469 304 6824


Anna Dahlman Herrgård

Global Brand and Communication Manager, Epiroc Surface division

Phone: +46 (0) 73 326 73 82


Epiroc is a vital part of a sustainable society and a global productvity 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 around 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,and 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. 

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