New SmartROC T25 R surface drill rig from Epiroc

Epiroc is launching the new SmartROC T25 R surface drill rig that the Swedish manufacturer says demonstrates new advances in its SmartROC series.
CONEXPOCON/AGG 2023 / March 22, 2023
The new Epiroc SmartROC T25 R is a radio-remote rig
The new Epiroc SmartROC T25 R is a radio-remote rig

The SmartROC T25 R is a radio-remote rig built on a new platform and offers features including an exceptional coverage area, excellent terrain ability and application versatility. These are backed up by a smart Rig Control System (RCS) and future-proof digital functions that are designed to improve efficiency and help to reduce the rig’s climate impact through fuel savings.

The machine will be launched initially on the Scandinavian market later this year, with a full global rollout in 2024.

Global product manager Marcus Leu said the rig offers greater stability and balance to increase safety. “These rigs operate on unprepared ground, and we have lowered the centre of gravity,” he added. “The SmartROC T25 R has new features including the ability to drill sideways which enables applications such as small tunnels and vertical shafts.

“The machine offers a coverage area of 45m2 which is three times greater than the 15m2 that we currently have.”

Another new feature is being able to choose between rubber and steel tracks on the machine.

Epiroc is also rolling out an upgraded version of the advanced SmartROC T40 tophammer rig for quarrying and construction. It is claimed to consume less diesel than any other diesel-hydraulic rig in its class and offers superior performance even under the toughest drilling conditions.

The manufacturer says the rig’s fuel efficiency reduces environmental impact and costs. It also comes with smart features and options that boost productivity, including enhanced automation which helps to increase both drilling consistency and output.

In addition Epiroc is introducing the new DTH 5 hammer, which it says represents a significant upgrade that gives more drilled meters per shift and the versatility needed to tackle any type of rock and task. The design offers 12 configurations and a 5% higher penetration rate compared to its predecessor and lasts approximately 10% longer. For the operator this translates into more productive and profitable workdays with fewer time-consuming and heavy changes of tools.  

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