New RC kit for blasthole rigs

2012 Dec 17

Atlas Copco has introduced a Reverse Circulation kit for selected drills from its range of blasthole drill rigs. The kit, which has been developed together with an Australian-based service company, is now available for the Atlas Copco DM45 and DML rigs.

Reverse Circulation (RC) allows the collection of samples during drilling and is considered a high speed and low cost method for in-pit grade control.

The RC Kit provides a unique opportunity for Atlas Copco customers to expand the capabilities of their current blasthole drills.

The kit integrates with the rig as a ?bolt-on? unit and limits the amount of reconfiguration to the drill. It is identical for both DM45 and DML and includes a sampling cyclone, rotary head conversion, hydraulic controls and modified hose reel and track. It can also be used in combination with the Secoroc RC50 reverse circulation hammer and 114 mm (4 ½ in) RC drill pipes.

Says Matthew Inge, Product Marketing Engineer, Blasthole Drills: ?Our customers are always looking for ways to increase their productivity and recovery. The RC kit gives them this opportunity to utilize our blasthole drills for sampling or production drilling.?

The first RC kits will go into production in early 2013.

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