Sandvik Mining has launched the 1175E, an electric powered rotary blasthole drill rig.
The global manufacturer of mining equipment stated that the drill can be operated by a single person and was developed as an adaptation of Sandvik's existing D75KS rig, and designed to address safety and efficiency issues in emerging mining markets.
The main feature of the rig is its electric motor, which offers several benefits over diesel powered rigs, including lower operating and maintenance costs.
Electric rigs also generate a smaller environmental footprint than diesel powered rigs, emitting less carbon.
With safety at the forefront of its design, Sandvik has created a two person, air-conditioned cab that provides greater visibility during drilling.
the Cab is shock mounted, FOPS certified, and large enough for an operator to stand and use wall-mounted consoles for tramming.
It's main frame is open, and features handrails, kickrails, and multiple access ladders.
The cable reel is automated instead of manual, and it features a PLC system for the complicated control functions.
Commenting on the launch Ken Staplyton, Sandvik Mining;s vice president of rotary and DTH drilling, said "the engineers at Sandvik's Jiading facility [in China] have worked tirelessly alongside local customers and mining officials to bring to market an electric rotary drill that will enable mining companies operating in China to achieve enhanced safety, increased productivity, and peace of mind".
The drill in action at Chongqing Iron & Steel Taihe mine in China, where it achieved 90% availability and penetration rates of 40m/h in different geological conditions.