Following the success and positive customer feedback of the ABC introduction in the Pit Viper 270 series, Epiroc recently released its Automatic Bit Changer (ABC) – now available for the Pit Viper 351 blasthole drill rig.
The ABC enables hands-free bit changes, leveraging automation and advanced control systems. Operators can effortlessly switch rotary efficiency. The innovation enhances safety by eliminating exposure to live work environments and human interaction with the drill string.
“With the successful launch of ABC for Pit Viper 270 and 290 Series, we are proud to release ABC for Pit Viper 351 drills and keep moving forward our automation strategies to continue to transform the mining industry,” said Carla Chaname, product manager – Machine Automation, at the company.
The removable bit carousel allows storage of up to four bits onboard, offering flexibility and versatility for various drilling applications. The compact, above-deck design maximises space utilisation and ensures simplified and safer maintenance procedures.
By reducing the possibility of human error, minimising injuries and increasing machine uptime, the company continues to empower mining operations to achieve greater success.
“Scaling up the proven ABC from the Pit Viper 270 and 290 Series resulted in a safe, reliable and repeatable Pit Viper 351 solution. The durability of the consumables along with the speed of an ABC sequence increases the machine up time,” concluded Matt Fosler, project manager – Engineering at Epiroc.