Atlas Copco has now launched its new face drilling rigs worldwide.
The upgraded Boomer M-Series drill rigs, which have now been released in Australia, have been 'reloaded' with features to increase safety and efficiency.
Atlas Copco product manager Johan Jonsson stated: "The use of contractors in the mining industry is becoming increasingly common and these companies have told us they need extremely robust drill rigs for drilling in tougher environments, and preferably rigs that can be used for more than one application. In response, we have further developed the new Boomer M-series. These rigs are now much stronger and more powerful and can be used for face drilling as well as rock bolting."
Australian field trials have already seen increased efficiency in operations, Atlas Copco said.
The new rigs have a range of improvements including stronger booms with COP 1838HD+ rock drills, new filtration systems for underground operation, more safety features, and upgraded RCS 5 rig control systems.
According to Atlas Copco "the new, stronger BUT 36S booms provide steadier articulation and faster, more accurate positioning".
"They also incorporate several new design features that help to extend the service intervals while the new filtration system keeps lubrication air and hydraulic oil free from water and fine particles. This improves the quality of the air and the oil, which, in turn, prolongs the life of the hydraulic components and the rock drills."
In regards to safety the BUT 36S boom's safe bolting configuration makes it easier to swing the feed all the way back to the cabin so operators can load it with bolts while standing on platforms situated on either side of the rig.
This cuts the need to work in front of the rig underneath unsupported rooves, reducing the risk of exposure to rockfalls.
In addition to this the rig's cabin is also now ROPS/FOPS certified.