Epiroc releases updated drilling system for autonomous mining

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Epiroc has introduced the fifth generation of the Rig Control System (RCS) for Pit Viper blasthole drilling rigs, a development it considers to be the “next evolutionary step” towards fully autonomous mining.

RCS 5 includes new features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills, auto tower angle and integrated camera view advanced awareness.

The RCS 5 intuitive main menu creates a user-friendly experience that increases productivity, whether operating from a remote location or on board the drill, according to Epiroc.

Its new design allows the operator to focus on the task-at-hand and switch seamlessly between screens in a well organised and dynamic environment.

RCS 5, with the new drill plan generator (DPG) function, allows for efficient creation and editing of drill plans on-board the rig or from a remote location.

A new drilling data screen features real-time depth and penetration rate feedback with histogram for easy in-hole monitoring.

Epiroc Drilling Solutions product line manager, automation Tyler Berens said the company was pushing the limits in sustainable productivity with RCS 5.

“Launching the RCS 5 platform will allow our customers and partners to further advance their operations, saving valuable time and dollars while increasing predictability and safety with either on board or autonomous operations,” Berens said.

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