Safely Boost Drilling Efficiency

Reduce risk with the BenchREMOTE remote operator station from Atlas Copco.
Safely Boost Drilling Efficiency
Blasthole drillers can safely operate more than 100 yards from the drill with the BenchREMOTE.

Blasthole drillers can handle up to three rigs in parallel while working at a safe distance from the high wall with the new BenchREMOTE by Atlas Copco.

Traditionally high walls are one area of a quarry or surface mine that expose operators to the most risk. Using Atlas Copco’s BenchREMOTE remote operator station, drillers can now operate more than 100 yards from the drill, which can be more than 30 yards below them as long as they maintain line-of-site radio communications with the rig.

The increased distance from high walls and machines on steep or rough terrain enhances worksite safety.

“The main advantage of BenchREMOTE is enhanced safety," says Maurice Hunter, business line manager at Atlas Copco. "It means operators no longer have to work near high walls. But being able to handle up to three SmartROC D65 rigs in parallel also helps increase productivity and operator efficiency.”

The BenchREMOTE operator station installs in a vehicle, trailer or container. Its controls and displays are exactly those of the working rig, giving the operator the same capabilities as working from the rig itself.

A closed Wi-Fi network communicates operator inputs and machine feedback independent of the local network infra-structure. Should the network be lost for any reason, the rig automatically shuts down as an additional safety precaution.

Product Manager Mike Wentworth said BenchREMOTE is available to U.S. customers right now. All SmartROC D65 drill rigs that have been equipped with the Atlas Copco Hole Navigation System (HNS) can be upgraded to BenchREMOTE operation.

About Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco Mining & Rock Excavation is responsible for the sales, aftersales service and rental of equipment for surface and underground rock excavation, exploration drilling, rock reinforcement, ground engineering, water well, oil and gas drilling. The company is headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The business extends its reach through a nationwide network of sales and service stores and specialist distributors. More information: 800/732-6762.



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