Epiroc releases upgrade for surface drill rig SmartROC T45 

Epiroc is launching an updated version of its SmartROC T45 tophammer surface drill rig, further reducing emissions and boosting productivity while providing valuable data through smart technology and enhanced automation. 
Breaking, Drilling & Blasting / February 28, 2023
By Guy Woodford
Epiroc's updated SmartROC T45 tophammer surface drill rig

The updated model, optimal for quarrying and construction, includes several new features and options and will be available to order for all markets from May 2023. 
The SmartROC T45 is designed for fuel efficiency and productivity. The larger capacity and performance of the rig allow for maximised production, and fuel costs are dramatically reduced by only using the energy needed for the work at hand. Furthermore, Epiroc's Smart technology provides valuable data to help manage and optimise workflow - the SmartROC T45 includes digital features which help to ensure that drilling always goes as planned. 
"Efficiency is at the heart of the SmartROC T45," says Ulf Gyllander, Global Product Manager at Epiroc. "More uptime means more drilling, and using less fuel equals further cost savings. The productivity comes not only from state-of-the-art equipment but also from the ergonomic design choices and the Smart technology that assist the operator every step of the way." 
Productivity is boosted thanks to precise drilling and consistency in operations, which delivers improved blast results and further cost-savings throughout operation. 
Epiroc SmartROC rigs offer the lowest fuel consumption in the market, and the SmartROC T45 is the most energy-efficient rig in its class, thanks to the smart Rig Control System (RCS). This system constantly monitors compressor load and engine RPM to ensure no fuel is wasted and that environmental impact is kept to a minimum. 
Manual control by the operator can optimise energy consumption, and the hydraulic system is optimised to deliver just the amount of oil needed. These features help reduce the environmental footprint and improve the operator's work environment. Epiroc uses quality components and parts commonality thanks to a standardised platform. 
The control system of the SmartROC T45 is based on a proven, intelligent design which presents information to the operator via an easy-to-use touchscreen interface. Enhanced automation helps achieve new levels of output, as a SmartROC does more of the work itself and reduces the demands placed on the operator. 
"The intuitive SmartROC T45 is designed to dramatically reduce the risk of manual errors and human mistakes," continues Gyllander. "The operator enjoys assisted troubleshooting from the large touchscreen display, with monitored cables, sensors and modules. The FOPS and ROPS-approved cabin offers excellent visibility and reliable LED lights with an option for an expanded lighting kit on both sides and support for two cameras. As a result, the risk of manual errors is reduced, and downtime is kept to a minimum." 
The productivity is further enhanced with the intelligent drill rig architecture on Epiroc's standardised platform and clever Smart options and features such as Hole Navigation System (HNS), Measure While Drilling (MWD) and ROC Manager. The result is excellence through precise drilling and consistent operation, improving blasting results.
The SmartROC T45 will be available to order for all markets from May 2023.

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