Sandvik launches navigation system for surface drilling
Sandvik’s 3D navigation system for surface drilling, the TIM3D system, uses satellite navigation to guide drill hole location and angle.
The TIM3D comes with an operator friendly interface, with all views integrated into the DPi drill rig’s control screen, so no separate screen is required.
The TIM3D was designed for Sandvik’s DPi and DX series surface top hammer drill rigs. According to Michael Zirbel, of Sandvik Mining’s surface drills division, the system increases drilling accuracy and efficiency.
“The TIM3D navigation system improves hole quality and hole position accuracy, translating into better fragmentation due to straighter holes, less fines, shot rock and oversize. This results in increased efficiency further in the production process, both in crushing and loading and hauling,” he said.
MR Zirbel said the TIM3D makes the drilling process easier for operators.
“The system compares the actual position of the drill bit with the planned hole position and guides the operator to the correct starting point of the chosen hole.
“During drilling, the operator can follow the penetration rate and hole depth, distance to target, number of required rods and current feed alignment.”