Epiroc has announced the launch of its Common Automation Panel (CAP) for RCS-based surface drill rigs – Pit Viper and SmartROC DTH MKII models. CAP enables a transformation in remote control centres, with improved ergonomics and a platform approach to run mixed fleet operations from a single station.

Common Automation Panel for mixed fleet from Epiroc. Supplied by Epiroc

Common Automation Panel for mixed fleet from Epiroc. Supplied by Epiroc

CAP is designed for an innovative transformation of the control room where one controls all.

“CAP has been created for the modern mine remote control centre environment. This product will help our customers to streamline the value chain of their surface drilling operations – and create a safer and more productive environment,” says Christopher Blignaut, Automation manager at Epiroc Surface division.

The panel creates opportunities for complete transformation, including improving the layout in the control room, the way operators are trained and work and reduced variability and spare parts costs.

“The CAP station will bring value to daily mining operations that focus on technology and automation – through direct opportunities to increase utilisation of the fleet and reduce operating costs. Operation through CAP can also prolong the effective life of the equipment by ensuring that equipment operates within optimal design parameters. This results in lowering maintenance costs overall,” says Blignaut.

The new design approach, which was developed in collaboration with close partners includes a 12” touchscreen display and joystick configuration for different machine types, which is an important benefit when it comes to mixed fleet operations with Pit Viper and SmartROC DTH MKII as well as training for new operators. For operators, this means easier adaptation between machines and more flexibility to run the fleet. The product was also designed with improved ergonomics in mind, to allow the panel to be situated comfortably in multiple positions.

The panel also offers a new safety system to further reduce the office footprint and increase the total number of machines that can connect to a control room in a single system. This is important for situational awareness during remote operations and will reduce maintenance and operating costs for larger fleets.

CAP will enable more consistent and predictable operations and a lower overall cost of ownership. In the long run, this will have a positive effect on de-carbonisation as well as enhancing the health and wellbeing of the operators.

“We see increased environmental, social, and governance (ESG) demands, tighter demands on health and safety, and the need to integrate groundbreaking digitalised solutions that boost productivity in the mining environment. CAP answers these demands directly,” Blignaut concludes.

Source: Supplied by Epiroc, edited by Sharyn Macnamara.