Autonomous solution for Sandvik drills

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions and technology innovator FLANDERS have agreed to develop a digital iInterface between FLANDERS’s ARDVARC Autonomous Drill System (ADS) and Sandvik rotary blasthole drills.

The development of this digital interface is a direct response to growing customer demand for agnostic automation systems in surface mining.

The digital interface will enable the operation of Sandvik rotary drills via the ADS system with no modification to the drill rig, effectively a plug-and-play solution that allows for easy deployment of Sandvik drills to mine sites.

This open-architecture approach simplifies the installation and commissioning process while ensuring the customer retains OEM warranty and aftermarket support.

This agnostic approach to delivering digital solutions allows customers to select the value-added solutions that best meet their needs, whether the drill or the operating system powering the drill.

FLANDERS has signed a deal with Anglo American to incorporate ARDVARC on all new and existing drills at Anglo’s Mogalakwena mine in South Africa, including the recently purchased Sandvik DR410i blasthole drills.

The third (of four) brand new Sandvik 410i drill is currently being converted to an ARDVARC autonomous system, at the state-of-the-art facility in Middelburg, South Africa.

ARDVARC improves drill productivity by up to 30 percent and provides a significantly safer working environment for workers operating in complex or hazardous conditions.

The introduction of autonomous technology at the mine adds significant environmental gains for diesel machines, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 by up to 7.3 per cent compared to a manned operation.

With its autonomous operating technology, FLANDERS helps its customers proactively optimize drilling, improve fragmentation, improve loading and hauling productivity, and increase plant throughput.

The first deployment of the FLANDERS/Sandvik Digital Interface is scheduled for Q4 2022 with further deployments being scheduled soon after that.

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).
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