New Pedestal Boom range from Brokk features model capable of 680 bpm

A Brokk Pedestal Boom unit uses its breaker in a mine.

Brokk introduces the Pedestal Boom; a compact, stationary, breaker boom system for the mining and aggregates industry. According to the company, the biggest in the range, the 900 model, is capable of producing 330-680 blows per minute. The three-part arm system and 360-degree slewing offering maximum versatility in underground applications.

“Brokk saw an opportunity to give our customers a better solution for breaking oversize rock in crushing and grizzly applications. We’ve developed technology that is powerful, compact, flexible and easy to install,” said Martin Krupicka, president and CEO of Brokk Group.

Pedestal Boom, inside and out

The Pedestal Boom is based on the arm system and power pack of Brokk’s demolition robots.

Brokk mounts the machine body on a pedestal, rather than tracks. This allows the unit to be set in a stationary position next to a crusher or primary breaking location.

Also, the Brokk Pedestal Boom system integrates the power source and arm with just a single power cable. So, there is no need for and external power pack or hydraulic hose connection.

Brokk’s three-part arm aims to help units maneuver in spaces with clearances as low as 72 inches (180 centimeters).

Furthermore, this flexible arm looks to make maintenance and switching attachments easier, especially in tight spaces.

According to Brokk, it designs its demolition robots starting from the tip of the breaker, which perfectly calibrates hydraulic flow and pressure. This same approach goes into the new Pedestal Boom product range.

Brokk Pedestal Boom model 300 product image.

Plug-and-play remote solutions

Operating any model in this range can be done using either the tethered remote or from a command room.

Depending on network configuration, operators can command the units from 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) away.

Also, the video monitoring and operation can be key to increasing safety and efficiency.

“Worker safety is a major focus for many companies and Brokk actively searches for ways to make every aspect of our customers’ processes safer,” Krupicka said. “Over the years, our demolition robots have helped mechanize a number of high-risk, heavy labor tasks such as scaling, drilling and secondary breaking. The new Brokk Pedestal Boom range addresses one more challenge, enabling customers to efficiently complete work without any health and safety risks.”

Furthermore, Brokk incorporates audio feedback into this range. With more senses engaging during remote operation, the focus and perceptivity of the operator is likely to improve.

“The new Brokk Pedestal Boom provides a plug-and-play solution that is perfect for underground spaces with low headroom or other space constraints. We are leveraging our 45 years of experience and proven technology platforms to create a smart, safe and user-friendly solution,” continued Krupicka.

The machine is connects to, and operates over, Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The standard video option includes two cameras on the machine and an ergonomic operator’s desk with integrated controls and video screen.

Upgrades are available, including additional cameras for better visuals and optical zoom cameras. One control system can pair with up to six Brokk Pedestal Boom systems.

All systems feature Brokk’s SmartRemote™ technology. The Standard Remote Operation solution features an ergonomic remote-control, intuitive controls and professional-grade radio technology with a 980-foot (300-meter) working range, allowing operators to maintain the best view possible while staying safely out of harm’s way.

Models and applications

Model sizes for the range include the 200, 300, 500 and the Brokk 900 Pedestal Boom. The company claims the 900 capable of producing 3050 J/Nm at a rate of 330-680 blows per minute.

In addition to a breaker, the Brokk Pedestal Boom works with grapples, drilling attachments, and more.

The Brokk 300 model will be on display at MINExpo in Las Vegas, September 13-15.