Epiroc launches next step in production drilling

The Simba E70 S comes with a programme that tracks and evaluates performance and then optimises accordingly, the manufacturer say

Epiroc has launched its new long-hole production drill rig for medium to large-sized drifts, designed to offer increased automation and drilling quality, the company says.

According to the manufacturer, the Simba E70 S offers a step-by-step programme that continuously tracks and evaluates performance and then optimises accordingly to improve the utilisation of the machine in the mining process.

This is made possible by production reporting; the first step in Epiroc’s optimisation programme, while the real value is created as the machine is producing metres.

In August 2022, Epiroc said it had completed the acquisition of RNP México.

“The connected Simba E70 S provides us with performance and quality data, so we can take the first step towards providing tailored process management to our customers,” says Mikael Larslin, Global Product Manager Production Drilling at Epiroc’s Underground division.

The Simba E70 S is part of Epiroc’s Smart series and can also be delivered with the optional battery-electric driveline for reduced environmental impact and healthier underground conditions.

“After tracking effectiveness and utilisation, we compare the result to global benchmarks. In that way, we can easily analyse if the machine is being used in the most optimal way or if there is room for improvements,” Olav Kvist, Global Portfolio Manager Production Drilling at Epiroc’s Underground division says.

In September 2022, the firm said it was acquiring mining equipment manufacturer AARD.

“Increased utilisation is the main goal. By guiding customers through a structured step-by-step optimisation program, we can increase their efficiency and profits over time. Change management based on data and reports is the real customer value,” he adds.

In October 2022, TML said it would launch its remote controlled machine with 360° rotary telescopic arm at Bauma 2022.

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