Sandvik has unveiled its xSeries group of drills, building on rotary blasthole drill technology, as it looks to provide customers with a migration path to its iSeries of underground drill rigs.

The xSeries group of rotary and DTH drill rigs feature improved operator ergonomics to enable operators to safely drill holes.

Sandvik has said that the drills are easy to learn, operate and service, and include touch screen GUI interface featuring the Sandvik Automation Module (SAM), a compressor management system with lite electronic controlled compressor system and an oversized driller’s window that provides a “superb view” of the drill table during operation.

The touchscreen GUI interface with SAM also features an optional health monitoring system, which makes it possible to replace old style shutdown switches and enables continuous, real-time measurement. This facility in turn allows operators to take the necessary actions in advance of any alarm situation.

The xSeries group uses the same hardware and software components as the iSeries machines including a 7” mobile grade rugged touch screen and the latest generation PLC. A graphical user interface also reduces learning times for new users.

“We’ve taken our customers’ feedback into our research and development efforts and are proud of the newest addition to our product line.”

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology vice president for surface pedestal drills Jacques Britz said: “For decades, customers have counted on Sandvik to develop the most durable products in the market – rigs that will be able to work at a mine site for decades.

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“In developing the xSeries, we’ve taken our customers’ feedback into our research and development efforts and are proud of the newest addition to our product line.”

The firm’s iSeries drill rigs are fitted with Sandvik Intelligent Control System Architecture, which offers a wide range of functions to boost performance and precision in drilling. These rigs also offer fully-automated face drilling facility and optimised penetration, and feature boom control systems besides comprehensive tools for drill planning, reporting and analysis.