Epiroc to have extensive products showcase at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023

Epiroc's extensive CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 showcase includes two new surface drill rigs demonstrating recent advances in the SmartROC series, two smart grouting systems, a new DTH (down-the-hole) top hammer, a new V-shaped drum cutter, new digital tools and related aftermarket solutions. 
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / March 7, 2023
By Guy Woodford
Epiroc's VC 2000 drum cutter comes with a claimed industry first – HexPicks

The product display at the Las Vegas Convention Center off-highway equipment industries' showpiece event (14-18 March 2023) includes the SmartROC T25 R - a radio-remote rig built on a new platform, offering several valuable features, all of which will be showcased as part of the rig's pre-launch. These include an exceptional coverage area, excellent terrainability and application versatility – all backed up by a smart Rig Control System (RCS) and future-proof digital functions that improve efficiency and help to reduce the rigs' climate impact through fuel savings. 

The Swedish manufacturer says all its CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 products have been designed to help accelerate the construction industry's transformation to become more sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly. 

The upgraded version of the advanced SmartROC T40 top hammer rig for quarrying and construction offers claimed class-leading fuel efficiency reducing environmental impact and costs. The model is said to consume less diesel than any other diesel-hydraulic rig in its class and offers superior performance even under the toughest drilling conditions. It also comes with smart features and options that boost productivity, including enhanced automation, which helps increase drilling consistency and output. 

Epiroc's new DTH 5 hammer represents a significant upgrade that gives more drilled meters per shift and the versatility needed to tackle any rock and task. The design offers 12 configurations and a 5% higher penetration rate than 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. 

Epiroc also launched new DTH drill bits in January 2023, which signals a new era for DTH drilling. Thanks to a new design and the new Epiroc carbide, these bits improve productivity and profitability while ensuring better workdays for operators.

The VC 2000, Epiroc's latest V-shaped drum cutter for quarrying and trenching, offers claimed energy savings of up to 40%. Thanks to its pioneering V-shaped design that enables a cut with a flat base, no material is left untouched between the drums. Whereas a regular drum cutter must move side to side to create an even trench, an approach that causes extra wear on the carrier arm, the VC 2000 can reach the same result by just going straight. It works like a bucket, making it easier to use, friendlier for the carrier, and much less energy and time-consuming.

My Epiroc
CONEXPO-CON/AGG attendees will get a peek at the forthcoming Fleet Monitoring solution with easy access in My Epiroc

The VC 2000 comes with another claimed industry first – HexPicks. The hexagonal shape may sound like a simple modification, but it's an ingenious innovation that makes daily maintenance easier, faster, and less costly. The secret is that unsticking or replacing the HexPicks can be done quickly and easily with a hexagon wrench. 

Epiroc reports that HexPicks are also more durable and will last up to 20% longer than other products. In addition, HexPicks come with the Epiroc QuickSnap retaining system, offering savings in time of more than 50% compared with normal circlips or knock-on retainers.

'My Epiroc' is a digital platform that helps construction professionals such as operators, fleet managers, buyers, and technicians work more smoothly and efficiently. This tool enables managers to keep track of a fleet and its service needs with simple ways to track orders and follow up on any faults as they arise. This increases confidence in making the right decisions based on information reported by machines and colleagues. The information can be accessed on mobile devices using the Mobile Companion app with offline support or using a web browser. 

Visitors to CONEXPO-CON/AGG will also get a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-launched Fleet Monitoring solution with easy access in My Epiroc.

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