This smart product for quarry or open-pit mine operation enables the user to access and run multiple rigs from a control centre located inside an office. Users have the option to select the stand-alone TeleREMOTE solution or to update any existing BenchREMOTE to a TeleREMOTE by connecting it to a wireless local area network (WLAN).
“With Office TeleREMOTE, a single person can control multiple drills in a productive and efficient manner,” says Mayya Popova, product manager, Automation at Epiroc.
One of the biggest benefits of Office TeleREMOTE is said to be its ability to increase the number of productive hours in a day. It optimises time as it reduces operator transports and idle time due to shift changes. Remote drilling, together with AutoDrill and Auto-Rod Handling System features, are said by Epiroc to boost productivity as the drill rigs can work almost continuously without breaks.
The Office TeleREMOTE operator can run the rig without taking any risks thanks to multiple onboard systems. The operator uses the Hole Navigation System for accurate positioning, and a geofence function ensures that the rig stays within the predefined area. The remote rigs are also fitted with multiple cameras, giving the Office TeleREMOTE operator a 360° view around the machine.
Office TeleREMOTE consists of a suitable work desk with adjustable height, and ergonomically designed operator controls mounted on it. The two controls and operator display are the same as in the drill rig cabin, so the operator will immediately feel familiar with this setup. The product also includes a server rack with Epiroc Automation Common Machine Server (ACMS), a video system and a safety system capable of handling one remote drill rig, with an option to be extended up to nine drill rigs, in increments of one, if required.