Atlas Copco launches new multi-purpose drilling rig for tunneling and mining
New underground mine and tunnel expansion projects will hit production targets sooner, thanks to a new Atlas Copco Boomer E1 C-DH face drilling rig. The single-boom, diesel-hydraulic multipurpose unit is specifically designed for mines or construction sites lacking water and electrical infrastructure. The Boomer E1 C-DH comes with dual onboard 450 liter water tanks and a six-cylinder, 173 kW (232 hp) Deutz diesel engine to drive the rig, its boom and the drill’s hydraulic pumps.
According to Johan Jonsson, product manager for Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation, the new rig provides unique advantages in the field. “In the case of a new project, the Atlas Copco Boomer E1 C-DH drill rig can be used to get started even before water and electricity are installed at the job site,” he said. “Mines begin earning sooner, and contractors are able to get ahead on their schedules.” Jonsson also pointed to the new drill rig’s advantages in widening existing tunnels or adding bolts in older workings, as it is not necessary to install power and water infrastructure to support the rig on-site.
The new drill rig also contributes to more economical use of a fleet’s resources. The Boomer E1 C-DH rig is able to handle small construction jobs more efficiently than larger rigs, and when used in a mine is compact and maneuverable enough to get the job done in tight spaces.
The multipurpose capabilities of the new rig are enhanced with the addition of the optional basket attachment. This allows the Boomer E1 C-DH rig to be used as a bolting rig and as a utility rig for drilling holes and installing ventilation ducting, among other tasks.
The Boomer E1 C-DH drill rig comes standard with Atlas Copco’s Rig Control System (RCS) with the option to upgrade to an even higher degree of automation. Jonsson said, “As a member of the Atlas Copco Boomer E-series of face-drilling rigs, the new rig has access to the wide range of existing options for that established product family,” which he believed to be another important consideration for those in the market for a large diesel-hydraulic rig.