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Plantman launches semi-autonomous drill rod handler

by AJM Staff created Apr 10, 2014 09:39 AM

WA-based plant hire business Plantman Equipment has launched a semi-autonomous drill rod handler, which it says significantly reduces one of the biggest safety risks in blast hole drilling operations.

  
Plantman launches semi-autonomous drill rod handler

Plantman’s Mack Metroliner 8x4 Crane Truck (left) can replace drill rods semi-autonomously, and can be controlled from a distance, via remote control.

Plantman’s Mack Metroliner 8x4 Crane Truck is fitted with a semi-autonomous drill rod handler, eliminating the need for any manual handling of drill rods.

The system was engineered by Ezyload and manufactured by Airdrill – both Australian companies.

“The manual handling of drill rods is considered one of the most dangerous activities on mine sites,” Plantman said this week.

“The development of semi-autonomous mining equipment has created considerable benefits for operator welfare and safety in other high risk jobs but, until now, not for the manual and labour intensive process of winching drill rods into drill rigs.”

The system enables drill rods to be transported to the drill rig and changed on the drill bench completely hands-free, the distributor explained.

It features a remote control system, allowing the operator to mechanically load and unload the drill rod from the tower frame at a distance and without any physical contact.

“[The system] dramatically decreases the number of personnel in the work area and reduces the risk of incidents caused by human error,” Plantman said.

Plantman managing director Michael Elliot said he’s “all too aware” of the importance of safety when it comes to operating equipment.

“Safety is a key consideration on any mine site,” Elliot said. “Semi-autonomous equipment developments, such as this automated drill rod handler, provide a huge advancement in operator safety.”

Prior to its release, the truck was trialled at BHP’s Eastern Ridge site in Newman, WA.





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This is great news.

Posted by Anonymous User at Jun 05, 2014 12:26 AM
Safety in the mining industry should be of paramount importance, those who are in control of safety should 'look in depth' into every aspect of making the
minesite as safe as possible for all employees. Here's a link to the Ezyload page, the inventor of this great 'Rod Loader Attachment'.

http://www.ezyloadinfo.com

This is great news.

Posted by Anonymous User at Jun 05, 2014 12:28 AM
Safety in the mining industry should be of paramount importance, those who are in control of safety should 'look in depth' into every aspect of making the
minesite as safe as possible for all employees. Here's a link to the Ezyload page, the inventor of this great 'Rod Loader Attachment'.

http://www.ezyloadinfo.com

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