Training drill rig operators with the aid of simulators is gaining in popularity, rapidly becoming the method of choice for mines around the world.
Atlas Copco is a forerunner in driving this trend and now offers simulators for most of its surface and underground equipment, the latest of which is a new simulator for training operators of Pit Viper blasthole drills.
These modules provide extremely realistic and effective training for operating such large rigs as the new Pit Viper 235 in a safe and controlled environment.
“The simulator will be used as part of our Master Driller programme,” says Peter Lawrence, Technical Services Manager Parts and Services. “The opportunity to learn in a realistic environment will allow operators to thoroughly familiarize themselves with these rigs before taking the controls in the real thing. “This means new operators can contribute more rapidly to a company’s operations.”
Simulator training has proven to have a positive impact on performance and reliability as operators learn to avoid causing unnecessary wear and stress on key components. In addition, it enables training
to take place away from the site so that working rigs can continue to focus on production.