An upgrade is now released for the Epiroc tophammer drill rigs, SmartROC T35 and T40, strengthening the company’s offering within construction and quarrying. The update includes a number of new features and options, making these tophammer models better equipped than ever. With Smart technology and enhanced automation, the models deliver more sustainable and user-friendly solutions. The updated models will be available to order for all markets from May 2022.
The new SmartROC T35 and T40 are equipped with an enhanced engine RPM control. The new level of intelligence makes the updated models even more fuel efficient — by up to 5 percent, which leads to lower costs and a reduced environmental impact. This is one of all the new, smart features, strengthening the models’ class-leading positions.
“This product update will provide customers with many valuable features and options, enabling more uptime and therefore higher productivity. With the operator in focus, we have made sure that these models offer valuable new technology – that is easy to use,” says Ulf Gyllander, Global Product Manager at Epiroc.
Smart technology and enhanced automation
The new tophammer drill rigs models offer many smart features, providing a range of automated and sustainable solutions. The enhanced automation helps to achieve new levels of consistency and output.
Both models feature ingenious self-diagnostic capabilities. This helps to track down issues quickly and effectively. As a result, downtime is kept to a minimum. Another smart solution is the automated adding of rods when the rig drills down. Once the hole is complete, rods are extracted with significantly reduced input from the operator.
User-friendly systems and devices
A new 15-inch touch screen with an intuitive Graphic User Interface (GUI) is now fitted. This provides quick and easy adjustment of drilling parameters. Both cameras, rear and support leg, are now integrated into the display which removes the need for an additional screen.
Real-time data whilst drilling
While using SmartROC T35 and T40 the operator can get drilling logs live during drilling, when using the Measure While Drilling (MWD) option. The log file is exported to ROC Manager via Certiq, USB or Wi-Fi, creating a report that can be analyzed before making blasting decisions.
“On top of all these new features, we also have numerous new options available for this update, such as a new pressure-washer, extra lighting, and Measure While Drilling live – making it possible to log drilling parameters during drilling. It is no understatement to say that these drill rigs are better equipped than ever,” says Ulf Gyllander, Global Product Manager at Epiroc.
The models are also fitted with a new 12 percent larger pulley wheel, which reduces wear on the feed cable due to reduced cable-bend. The feed cable and the wheel will last longer, which leads to reduced costs. Altogether, this means less downtime for maintenance and therefore delivers higher productivity when compared to previous models. Uptime is also improved thanks to better placement for feed sensors, now located in a more protected area with less risk of damage.