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Media / Local company news / Atlas Copco Announces the EDGE Drill Monitor for DTH Drilling

Atlas Copco Announces the EDGE Drill Monitor for DTH Drilling

2012-11-19

Atlas Copco is revolutionizing down-the-hole hammer drilling, by providing a simple graphical display to show the driller what is happening with the hammer and, therefore, the bit at the bottom of the hole. This real-time feedback will allow the driller to optimize the penetration rate, maintain good flushing and reduce the chance of over-extending the tools, thereby avoiding breakage and costly delays.

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Key components of EDGE: Data processor, display screen, sensor and cable.


EDGE is a device for continuous monitoring that can be fitted to all types of deep hole drill rigs that use Secoroc DTH (down-the-hole) hammers. It consists of a sensor, a data capturing and processing unit and a rugged PC with a 7-inch display screen. The sensor is mounted on the drill head or rotation unit which is connected by a cable to the data capturing unit mounted on the rig.  When the piston in the DTH hammer strikes the bit, it creates vibration which is captured, processed and interpreted, and that data is transmitted to the PC.  The PC displays this data on screen in both a graphic representation and in actual numbers. Any problems or unexpected changes that occur are displayed in the graphical view in real-time with alerts when something out of the ordinary occurs.  These spikes can then be interpreted as representing different in-hole scenarios, for example, the sudden presence of a new type of rock or geological zone.  This immediate and continuous feedback enables the driller to continuously optimize the drilling process.
 
Testing by experienced drillers has revealed that EDGE equalizes production at a higher level from one driller to the next and decreases the training period for new drillers. EDGE also gives companies the ability to move drillers to locations unfamiliar to them, bringing them up to speed on the local geologic formations and their specific drilling characteristics instantly.
 
T.J. Plunkett, Atlas Copco’s Engineering Manager for Secoroc DTH Products, said “Around the world, experienced drillers use Secoroc tools because of the advanced technology and productivity. Yet, because of lack of training or experience, some customers are unable to benefit from the full value engineered into our products.  The Secoroc EDGE drill monitor provides the driller the ability to squeeze every dollar out of our tools.”
 
Plunkett and the DTH engineering group have many new innovations in the works, all focused on increasing productivity and tool life. Plunkett said, “We realize our customers invest heavily in us, and we want them to know we are investing heavily in them, too."

For further information please contact:

  • Caroline He
    Marketing Communication Specialist
    Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique
    Phone: +86 10 6528 0517     
    e-mail: caroline.he@cn.atlascopco.com

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 2011, Atlas Copco had 37500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9).

Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area provides equipment for drilling and rock excavation, a complete range of related consumables and service through a global network. The business area innovates for sustainable productivity in surface and underground mining, infrastructure, civil works, well drilling and geotechnical applications. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Sweden, the United States, Canada, China and India.

Atlas Copco Secoroc is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures and markets rock drilling tools worldwide. Its products are used for rock excavation within the mining and construction business for both surface and underground applications. The division is headquartered in Fagersta, Sweden and has production in six continents.