Sandvik reveals latest blasthole drill for harsh conditions

Sandvik has introduced its new DR416i rotary blasthole drill as part of a focus on enhancing safety, productivity and reducing costs for mining companies.

The design focuses on penetrating through harsh mining conditions through its single-pass capacity of 21 metres – the long single-pass mast in its class.

It is constructed for large diameter (16 inch) rotary drilling and is automation-ready, while also supplying high rotational torques and pulldown forces and a low operating cost.

The environmental impact of the drill is also reduced through Sandvik’s patented compressor management system (CMS), which is designed to reduce fuel consumption.

The drill focuses largely on the safety of operators through easily accessible 360-degree walkways, four egress points, accessible mast components and non-rust fibreglass reinforced grating.

It also aims for greater productivity with dual feeds for enhanced control and faster retract alongside automatic setup, mast raise/lower, levelling and drilling.

Sandvik has also focused on cutting the costs of customers using the drill through the CMS, which saves up to 30 per cent on fuel consumption, independent cooling cores allowing for quick replacement and increased service intervals.

The drill is an example of Sandvik’s increased focus on the three principles of safety, productivity and value according to president of rotary drilling division, Sandvik mining and rock technology, Dave Shellhammer.

“We continue to enhance our product offering to provide exceptional value to our customers,” he said.

“In developing the latest addition to our iSeries family, we looked at our customers’ greatest challenges in the large-diameter drill space and developed a cost-effective, highly-efficient solution to solve those challenges.”

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