Epiroc’s SmartROC T45 is now even more intelligent

SmartROC T45 top hammer surface drill rig engages ground.
The Epiroc SmartROC T45 top hammer surface drill rig

Epiroc has upgraded the SmartROC T45 top hammer surface drill rig to reduce emissions, boost productivity and enhance automation. 

Optimized for quarrying and construction, the larger capacity and performance of the rig allows for maximized production, and fuel costs are reduced through only using the energy needed for the work at hand. Furthermore, Epiroc’s Smart technology provides valuable data to help manage and optimize workflow, which help to ensure that drilling always goes as planned.

“Efficiency is at the heart of the SmartROC T45,” said Ulf Gyllander, Global Product Manager at Epiroc.

“More uptime means more drilling and using less fuel equals further cost savings. The productivity comes not only from state-of-the-art equipment but also from the ergonomic design choices and the Smart technology that assist the operator every step of the way.”  

Productivity is boosted thanks to precise drilling and consistency in operations, which delivers improved blast-results and further cost-savings all the way through operation. 

SmartROC energy efficiency

The SmartROC T45 is the most energy efficient rig in its class, according to Epiroc, thanks to the smart Rig Control System (RCS). The system constantly monitors compressor load and engine rpm to ensure fuel is not wasted.

As well, energy consumption is reduced thanks to a hydraulic system that is optimized to deliver the exact amount of oil needed. 

Enhanced automation

The control system of the SmartROC T45 is based on a proven, intelligent design which presents information to the operator via an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. Enhanced automation helps achieve new levels in output, as a SmartROC does more of the work itself and reduces the demands placed on the operator.

“The intuitive SmartROC T45 is designed to dramatically reduce the risk of manual errors and human mistakes,” Gyllander said. “The operator enjoys assisted troubleshooting from the large touchscreen display, with monitored cables, sensors and modules. 

The FOPS and ROPS cab offers excellent visibility, and is equipped with LED lights. An expanded lighting kit is available along with support for two cameras. 

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The productivity is further enhanced with the intelligent drill rig architecture on Epiroc’s standardized platform and Smart options and features such as the Hole Navigation System (HNS), Measure While Drilling (MWD) and ROC Manager.  

“As a result, not only is the risk of manual errors reduced, but downtime is kept to a minimum,” Gyllander said.