WesTrac will introduce the first Cat MD6250 rotary blasthole drill in Australia this week.
The MD6250, to be unveiled at an event in Perth on Friday, is configured by Cat to suit hard rock 12m benches, an essential requirement in Western Australian open cut mines. The mining drill is also well suited to rotary soft rock applications.
Developed within the Caterpillar Protection System (CPS), the MD6250 builds off the legacy of the earlier Reedrill and Bucyrus drills, with Cat Supply Chain, fuel efficiency and components.
Caterpillar global commercial manager for drills Matt Jacobs, who will attend the launch, outlined the benefits of the MD6250 for mining companies.
“The MD6250 has numerous features which allow substantial cost savings for owners including air volume control for optimum up hole velocity, less engine load and lower fuel consumption, as well as Cat Product Link Elite to provide statistics on machine health, location and production,” Jacobs said.
“This information gets sent back to the office in real time, enabling fast and early identification of data resulting in greater uptime and more productivity.”
The MD6250’s cab features large windows for greater operator visibility, drill depth indicator, and virtual head stops and interlocks as standard to enhance safety.
To increase ease of operation, while also lowering operating costs, auto drill assist automates part of the drilling cycle for improved accuracy and efficiency. Cat MineStar options also allow for remote control or semi-autonomous drilling.
The Cat Terrain for drilling feature uses satellite guidance to increase pattern accuracy by up to four times, while Cat Command automates the drilling cycle, allowing a single operator to manage multiple machines at the same time.
A standard fuel tank enables 14 hours of continuous manned operation, with an optional fuel tank providing capability for 26 hours of autonomous operation. Additionally, the compressor is suited to both high pressure down the hole and low-pressure rotary drilling, displaying the versatility of the drill.
WesTrac WA chief executive officer Jarvas Croome reinforced the drill’s value in the state’s market.
“It is perfectly designed for the unique hard rock conditions of the Western Australian landscape, and is ergonomic and comfortable to operate as well as demonstrating high fuel efficiency,” Croome said.
The MD6250 will be launched at the WesTrac Reid Road branch at Perth Airport.