Powered by automation - Pit Viper

AUTONOMOUS DRILLING IS HERE AND IT’S AWESOME!

Technology and automation solutions that improve safety, productivity, and operating cost of running your Epiroc's blasthole drill.

August 15, 2016

Leveraging the power of technology and automation to improve the performance of your drill year after year, that’s what Powered by Automation on Epiroc drills is all about and we can help you get it done.

  • The Rig Control System (RCS) platform is standard on all Pit Vipers and is the foundation for Pit Viper Automation.
  • Robust components designed for the extreme environments found in mining
  • Multiple options allow you to leverage RCS and Pit Viper Automation to meet your specific mining challenges
  • Automation packages can be built around your needs with off the shelf solutions from Epiroc. Here are some examples of the systems that make Epiroc one of the the leaders in drill automation:

    Automation with an operator on the drill


    • High Precisions GPS with geo fence capability
    • Next Generation auto drill that recognizes your bit and adjust drilling performance to rock conditions in real time
    • Auto Level to safely and efficiently level the drill per the machine specifications
    • Wireless connectivity through the Common Communication interface which can also be used to connect your third party systems to the drill
    • Interlocks such as the pipe in hole interlock to prevent the drill from moving with the pipe in the hole
    • Auto Rod Changing (ARC) for multi pass drilling to improve the speed of pipe changes while also minimize damage to the drill pipe
    • Measure While Drilling to collect relative rock hardness data
    • Desktop Viewer office software to view the screens form the on-board RCS screen in real time
    • Surface Manager Office software to turn your production data into useful information and reports. Surface Manager also manages your drill plans with your drill fleet and allows you to create geo-fences.

    Automation via teleremote operation with the operator off the drill

    Teleremote trailer, operational center

    All of the above options plus:

  • Bench Remote control station which give the operator full control of one or multiple drills running teleremote

  • Operations Center trailer which is an off the shelf solution for teleremote operation packaged into one convenient trailer for simple mobility around your mine

  • Camera package including a pan, tilt, zoom camera for remote situational awareness
  • Fully autonomous operation with minimal operator interaction

  • Obstacle detection and awareness system

  • Personnel detection system

  • Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.

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