Atlas Copco celebrates first ‘Rock Buggy’ sale to UK’s Glebe Stone Sales
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Atlas Copco has sold its first 'Rock Buggy' to Glebe Stone Sales, based near Grantham, central England
Atlas Copco recently secured the first sale of its new ‘Rock Buggy’.
Purchased by Glebe Stone Sales, in Ancaster, near Grantham, central England, the Rock Buggy comes out of Atlas Copco’s Dimensional Stone Industry portfolio and is a product of the company’s acquisition of Perfora, an Italian company based in Bagnolo, near Turin. The compact mobile drill rig, with a novel three-way steering system, is said to offer versatility to the operator as well as high capacity and accuracy of cut.
Glebe Stone is a family owned business, producing quality Ancaster limestone to the masonry industry all over the UK.
Andy Smith, the company’s production director, said: “With the demand for our products, we knew we would have to look at increasing our production to satisfy the expanding market. Examining ways of increasing that productivity, as well as meeting safety, environmental and quality standards led us to selecting the Atlas Copco Rock Buggy.”
After visiting Bagnolo, near Turin, the manufacturing site for Atlas Copco dimensional stone equipment, to see the Rock Buggy production facilities and to trial the equipment, Smith said: “We instantly knew that this could deliver. We had a solution to our production problems.
“After delivery to Glebe Stone, it was an instant success and outperformed all expectations. It reduced our drilling costs both in fuel and man hours. Where it was taking us 30 minutes to set up and drill a hole, now it’s taking two minutes to drill the same hole. And with the automatic drilling we know each hole is exactly where it should be, giving us a quality pre-split. It has also improved the health and safety of our employees thanks to the rig’s remote control system allowing our drillers to work away from the quarry face. Also, the driller is not being exposed to dust because the rigs’ onboard dust collector removes the dust from their immediate working environment.”
The drilling unit is an important part of Glebe’s growth plans; the efficiency achieved via the rig programming system that provides automatically drilled holes, and with excellent quality, means that the Rock Buggy has proved to be the solution to the production problem for the company.
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This is the first step for Atlas Copco UK in establishing its Dimensional Stone Industry products into the UK, and Atlas Copco is looking forward to introducing the whole of its DSI range into the UK and hopes to achieve similar success to that of the Atlas Copco surface drilling rigs in the quarrying industry. Through quality, reliability, safety and efficiency there is no reason why it couldn’t achieve that goal.
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