Atlas Copco: new underground rock drills

2010 Apr 23

Atlas Copco launches new and modified underground rock drills and stopers. The company introduces a range of silenced light rock drills for underground applications. A modified rock drill has passed the ATEX process and now fully complies to ATEX directive. Two versions of a new heavy-duty stoper are introduced.

Sound emission is an issue for surface and underground rock drilling. “Today customers more and more demand a silenced version of their rock drill”, explains Rikard Nordén, Product Line Manager Light Rock Drills at Atlas Copco Construction Tools. To meet the demand, a range of three silenced rock drills is launched. “The sound power levels of our BBC 16 WS, BBD 34 WS and BBD 94 WE have been reduced by 5-8 dB(A), depending on the model”, Nordén adds. “For the human ear this is perceived as a reduction of more than 50 %.”

Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.