New system allows SmartROC DTH rigs to be controlled safely and efficiently from a remote office location
EPIROC have launched Office TeleREMOTE, a brand-new product designed to control SmartROC DTH drill rigs* in open pit mines or quarries from a remote office location, addressing the need for increased safety, efficiency and productivity.
This smart product allows the operator to access and run multiple rigs from a control center located inside an office environment. Users have the option to select the stand-alone TeleREMOTE solution or to update any existing BenchREMOTE to a TeleREMOTE by connecting it to a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).
‘With Office TeleREMOTE, a single person can control multiple drills in a productive and efficient manner,’ said Epiroc’s automation product manager Mayya Popova.
Epiroc say one of the biggest benefits of Office TeleREMOTE is its ability to effectively increase the number of productive hours in a day. It will optimize time as it reduces operator transport and rig idle time due to shift changes.
Remote drilling together with AutoDrill and Auto-Rod Handling System features boost productivity as the drill rigs can work almost continuously without breaks.
‘Office TeleREMOTE drastically increases efficiency as it improves how the work site utilizes the equipment,’ explained Ms Popova. ‘For many customers, the balance between capital investment and any expected return is critical.’
The Office TeleREMOTE operator can run the rig without taking any risks thanks to multiple onboard systems. The operator uses the Hole Navigation System for accurate positioning and a geofence function ensures that the rig stays within the predefined area.
The remote rigs are also fitted with multiple cameras that provide the Office TeleREMOTE operator with a 360° view all around the machine.
Office TeleREMOTE consists of a suitable work desk with adjustable height and ergonomically designed operator controls mounted on it. The two controls and operator display are the same as in the drill rig cabin, so the operator will immediately feel familiar with this setup.
The product also includes a server rack with Epiroc Automation Common Machine Server (ACMS), a video system and a safety system capable of handling one remote drill rig, with an option to be extended up to nine drill rigs, in increments of one, if required.
‘The Office TeleREMOTE operator is less exposed to harsh work site environments. Instead, the operator spends every single workday running equipment in an improved working environment with high comfort,’ added Ms Popova.
*The SmartROC models currently compatible with the Office TeleREMOTE work desk are: SmartROC D50 MKI, SmartROC D55 MKI, SmartROC D60 MKI and SmartROC D65 MKI.