New integration with Carlson Machine Control and Atlas Copco’s FlexiROC with HEC3 Drills
Installation and testing has been completed at the Atlas Copco factory in Örebro, Sweden, on the first system integration of Carlson Machine Control’s CBx5 control box console running Carlson DrillGrade software on a FlexiROC HEC3 C65 drilling system.
This is said to mark the first successful factory installation of a 3D drilling system integrating Atlas Copco’s new third party protocol available on FlexiROC drills with the HEC3 system.
The first of several systems has been delivered to a mine in Finland and additional systems are slated for delivery soon.
“Atlas Copco and Carlson Machine Control have worked together to create a very clean and simple upgrade,” says Randy Noland, vice president and director of machine control for Carlson.
“With just a single cable, sensor data and other information are communicated bi-directionally bringing both systems together offering unprecedented integration. This integration brings new and robust 3D features enhancing any drilling operation using FlexiROC with HEC3 drills.”
In addition to providing support for most GPS/GNSS receivers, the system is also said to allow users to navigate and position from within the drill cab without any marks on the surface; create a drill pattern in the machine to a terrain model, depth and height; load/change terrain models and localisations easily, and to import dwg, dxf, csv and IREDES hole data.
A GPS+GLONASS L1/L2 RTK receiver is integrated into the Carlson CBx5 control box console that can be activated as an option, but Carlson is said to offer the world’s largest GPS/GNSS driver library to maximise clients’ existing investments and site compatibility.
Customers have the freedom to choose a supported GNSS receiver manufactured by other companies such as Leica, Trimble, Topcon, Septentrio, JAVAD GNSS and others or activate the CBx5’s internal RTK GPS+GLONASS receiver.