Engineering & Mining Journal

SEP 2018

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BLASTHOLE DRILLS SEPTEMBER 2018 • E&MJ 37 able, versatile, durable, efficient, ideal, advanced, scalable, accurate, state-of- the-art and even global, a reference to emissions compliance. Field tests pro- vide hard numbers to prove each, Scott said. "Caterpillar is the only supplier that truly integrates the electronics, the entire power train and undercarriage," he said. "The deep integration of these systems pays off in performance and reliability" beyond that of "any other drills on the market today." A laundry list of examples in com- pany literature illustrates. Highlights of it, however, speak most to the topmost customer demand: optimized production. "Using state-of-the-art technology and Caterpillar design requirements, we've made the mainframe, A-frame and mast structures stronger and the undercarriage more powerful, and we have streamlined the power train for greater efficiency," Scott said. "Technology provides full in- terlock and advanced drill health mon- itoring, performance monitoring, drill function automation, plus single-pass auto drilling to include the entire drilling cycle, from collaring the hole and working through changing ground conditions, to drilling down to exact depth and a retract and swab cycle — all programmable to adapt to the ground conditions and appli- cation requirements." Rugged and flexible, the rigs can climb steep ramps and tram across bro- ken ground, Scott said. "Our machines are configured with optimal undercarriage configuration, combined with mainframe TAILINGS FLOTATION CELLS THICKENER UNDERFLOW CONCENTRATORS CENTRIFUGE AND CYCLONE FEED Series 5200 Control Pinch Valve Series D Slurry Knife Gate Valve Series DX Slurry Knife Gate Valve Series 75 Manual Pinch Valve Red Valve | 412.279.0044 The Best Choice for the Toughest Mining Applications. Since 1953, Red Valve Company has been the world's leading manufacturer of slurry valves for the mining industry. Built to last, Red Valve products are the industry's first choice for isolation and modulating valves througout a mining operation. Our global representative network stands ready to work with you. Above, an MD6250 demonstrates its intelligence and prowess. (Photo: Caterpillar)

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