Epiroc develops new mobile core drilling rig

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Epiroc has combined one of the most respected underground core drilling rigs on the market with a proven carrier to create the all-new Diamec Smart 6M.

The second-generation underground core drilling rig with a mobile carrier utilizes the drilling capacity of the Diamec Smart 6 and mobility and sturdiness of the Boomer S2 rig carrier, which is purpose-built for demanding underground operations with an extremely stable yet flexible boom.

The drilling capacity of the Diamec Smart 6M is equal to the Diamec Smart 6, meaning that the deep hole version is rated for 1,080 metre hole depths. For drilling vertically, the rig can reach up to 575 metres. 

“We have three different rotation unit options for the Diamec Smart 6M, from A to H size. The strongest one offers as much as 2,390 Nm of rotation torque, which gives our customers the ability to achieve their required depth even in difficult rock conditions,” said Ebrahim Nikafroozi, global product manager for underground core drilling rigs at Epiroc.

The new rig also features a Rod Handling System (RHS) for increased operator safety and productivity. It has the capacity to handle both drill rods and inner tubes. 

The RHS is fully synchronized with the drill rig through the Rig Control System (RCS) and is operated from the control panel.

The RCS offers a number of useful features including automatic functions. It is fully compatible with Exploration Manager for advanced data collection as well as analysis. 

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“The boom and feed positioning is radio remote controlled, allowing the operator to set up the rig from a safe distance,” Nikafroozi said. 

The cab of the Diamec Smart 6M is designed for both safety and comfort, and is equipped with FOPS/ROPS certification as well as air conditioning. Furthermore, the control panel can be moved in and out of the cabin, which allows for the operator to stay in the cabin while drilling.

Thanks to the sturdy boom of the Diamec Smart 6M, there is no need to lower the drilling unit to the ground. This minimizes exposure to mud and dirt, which leads to less wear, less corrosion and lower maintenance costs.

Finally, Epiroc offers the drilling rig with various options offered for the new Diamec Smart 6M to meet customers’ demands on the global market. The options include Tier 3 and Tier 4 Final/Stage V engines, a rear-view camera, LED spotlights and a fire suppression system.