Bench drillers no longer have to sit in the cabins of their drill rigs to operate them in hazadous environments – they can do their job from a safe distance.
That’s the basic concept behind BenchREMOTE, a new operator station designed by Atlas Copco for bench drilling at drilling sites where benches may be unstable or steep and precarious.
Using a closed network video camera system, the operator is able to drill closer to the bench wall without having to take risks. The station can be used up to 100 m from the drilling area and 30 m above the rig, on condition that the operator has a direct line of sight with the drill rig doing the work.
And it is not only a question of safety.Mattias Hjerpe, Product Manager says: “The BenchREMOTE can handle up to three SmartROC D65 rigs in parallel. This multiplies the operator efficiency and was made possible by the full drill cycle automation.”
Communication, including machine control and safety functions is via a closed WiFi network making the product totally independent of local network infrastructure.
The station is designed to be installed in a vehicle, trailer or container and all controls and screens are the same as in the real rig cabin. A prerequisite is that the rig is equipped with the Atlas Copco Hole Navigation System (HNS).
All SmartROC D65 drill rigs can be upgraded for BenchREMOTE operation.
Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.