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Atlas Copco’s FlexiROC T45 drill rig cuts fuel costs, increases productivity


March 4, 2014 – COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Atlas Copco FlexiROC T45 tophammer surface drill rig, along with its new COP 3060 rock drill, is flexible yet uncompromising when it comes to fuel efficiency, while the COP 3060 further enhances drilling capacity. Like the ROC F9 before it, the FlexiROC T45 is an efficient, production workhorse that offers high availability in a variety of applications.

FlexiROC T45

The FlexiROC T45 offers innovative solutions for quarrying and mining, making it very fuel efficient and productive.

Fuel consumption cut in half
Field studies prove that the FlexiROC T45 with fixed boom uses half as much fuel as its ROC F9 predecessor using the same rock drill, depending on rock conditions. Additionally, the new rock drill COP 3060 mounted on a fixed boom and aluminum feed manages large diameters using the T60 drill string with outstanding performance and reliability.

Innovative solutions
Key to the success of the new rig lies in building on a proven platform designed with a number of solutions to effectively reduce unnecessary energy losses and increase productivity. During operation, the operator can adjust the airflow and the dust collector fan speed according to actual working demands. The speed of the engine and compressor are then adjusted automatically.

The FlexiROC T45 is efficient and productive, and features a superior cabin environment. In addition, the FlexiROC T45 has 50 percent fewer hoses and 70 percent fewer couplings compared to similar rigs on the market. The hydraulics and electrical components are positioned close to their functions, making them easier to service and maintain and reducing the risk of leakage.

The hydraulic tank is almost 60 percent smaller than on previous models, making it economical to use biological hydraulic oil without increasing total costs. Should an accident occur, no costly environmental cleanup is necessary. Simply rinse with water.

The engine on the FlexiROC T45 meets strict Tier 4 environmental standards. Sulfuric oxide has been reduced by 50 percent and particle emissions by an outstanding 90 percent. A Tier 3 engine is also offered.

“Field testing has proven and our customers confirm that the FlexiROC T45 uses half as much fuel as its ROC F9 predecessor, using the same rock drill in similar rock conditions,” explained Maurice Hunter, Business Line Manager, Surface & Exploration Drilling Equipment. “Additionally, the new rock drill COP 3060 mounted on a fixed boom with aluminum feed produces larger diameter holes using the T60 drill string with outstanding performance, reliability  and mind blowing fuel economy.”

Mario Santillan, Product Manager at Atlas Copco Surface Drilling, added, “It's an incredible accomplishment to increase productivity and drilling capacity while reducing fuel consumption so dramatically. Everybody wins when there's less environmental impact, a better working environment, and higher profitability,”

For further information please contact:

  • Maurice Hunter, Business Line Manager,
    Surface Drilling Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation
    Phone: 770-819-1203; Fax: 770-819-1202
  • Mario Santillan, Product Manager,
    Surface Drilling Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Phone: +46 19 670 70 00; Mobile: +46 (0)70 811 82 93
  • Sofie Gielen, Marketing Communications Director Mining,
    Rock Excavation and Construction LLC
    Telephone: 720-235-2325; Fax: 303-288-8828

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2013, Atlas Copco had more than 40 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 84 (BEUR 9.7).

Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation is responsible for the sales, parts, service and rental of surface and underground rock excavation, exploration drilling, rock reinforcement, ground engineering, water well, and oil and gas drilling equipment and consumables. The company is headquartered near Denver, Colorado. Employing approximately 300 people, it extends its reach through a nationwide network of sales and service stores and specialist drilling distributors.