Epiroc releases new Boomer E10 and E20 drill rigs: Compact enough for mining, with power needed for heavy construction
by Philippine Resources - November 01, 2022
Superior coverage area and outstanding operator assistance features. The new Boomer E10 and E20 mark another breakthrough for automated face drilling rigs. Both rigs are available with optional battery-electric driveline for zero-emission tramming.
The new Boomer E10 and E20 from Epiroc offer great flexibility and coverage thanks to their small footprint and powerful, multi-purpose BUT 45-booms. As part of Epiroc’s Smart series, the drill rigs are equipped with automation features that increase operator safety and productivity, and come with an optional battery-electric driveline for reduced environmental impact and healthier underground conditions.
Suitable for both mining and construction
Besides being compact enough for mine development, both drill rigs feature BUT 45-booms with telescopic feed beams. These powerful booms fit a wide range of applications and can tackle the requirements of heavy-duty construction work with ease.
"This is yet another automation break-through for face drilling where Epiroc leads the way to safer and more productive mining and construction operations"
Sami Niiranen, President at Epiroc Underground division
Safe productivity with outstanding operator assistance features
With features like teleremote drilling, auto level and setup assist, Boomer E10 and E20 strengthen productivity and safety for operators. The optional teleremote drilling feature lets the operator work at a safe distance from the face and enables drilling during shift changes.
“Thanks to teleremote drilling the operator can drill a full face from a control room. Naturally, this is a safer workplace. In addition, you can reach up to 25% increased productivity by drilling during shift changes and lunch breaks”, says Camilla Spångberg, Global Product Manager at Epiroc’s Underground division.
Furthermore, both drill rigs provide operators with setup assist. Thanks to the carrier being equipped with an advanced scanner measuring the distance to the walls and face, positioning the rig perfectly in the mine or tunnel becomes an easy task for the operator.
“In combination with digital drill plans, setup assist eliminates time-consuming repositioning. It also ensures both productivity and great quality”, says Camilla Spångberg.
Designed for great operator comfort and safety
In the comfortable and safe cabin, operators can enjoy low sound levels (<65 dbA) and less vibration, and a new panel interface for tramming. In addition, great visibility and multi-functional joysticks ensure that operators always keep their eyes on task.
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Philippine Resources - March 08, 2022
Epiroc’s ambitious climate targets validated as science based
Photo credit: Epiroc Philippines Epiroc, a leading productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has received validation by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for the company’s ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions. Epiroc launched ambitious sustainability goals that include halving its CO2 emissions by 2030. The SBTi has now validated Epiroc’s climate targets as being in line with keeping global warming at a maximum 1.5° C, consistent with the latest climate science and the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Climate change is happening as we speak and we are working internally as well as together with our customers to reduce the impact on climate,” says Helena Hedblom, Epiroc’s President and CEO. “We are driving the industry’s transition toward a climate-friendly future, not the least with our growing offering of battery-electric equipment. Epiroc is committed to halve CO2 emissions from the use of our equipment as well as in our own production and in transport by 2030. With the approval of our goals from SBTi, our position as a sustainability leader in our industry has now been reinforced.” SBTi Logo In line with SBTi requirements, Epiroc commits to halve its absolute CO2 emissions in its own operations – so called Scope 1 and Scope 2 – by 2030, with 2019 as base year. However, more than 99% of Epiroc’s total CO2 emissions are other indirect emissions, with about 83% of the total coming from when customers use the products. Therefore, Epiroc has committed to halve the absolute CO2 emissions from use of sold products – so called Scope 3 – by 2030. This is industry leading and well above SBTi’s minimum requirements. The transition from diesel-powered to battery-electric machines will make a significant impact. In addition, Epiroc’s 2030 sustainability goals also include halving CO2 emissions from transport, requiring 50% reductions of CO2 emissions from relevant suppliers, having 90% renewable energy in own operations, and offering a full range of emissions-free products, as well as ambitious targets for people. In addition to providing a growing range of battery-electric products, Epiroc’s climate actions include, among others, shifting transport from air to sea, and installing solar panels at many of its facilities. The SBTi - a partnership among the Carbon Disclosure Project, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature – is driving ambitious, science-backed climate action in the private sector. Epiroc presents 6th Sense, a game changer for smarter mining and infrastructure operations There is a growing need for the mining and infrastructure industries to look to digital technologies to enhance productivity, sustainability and safety. 6th Sense is the Epiroc way to optimize customers’ processes by connecting machines, systems and people using automation, information management and system integration. With 6th Sense comes a great focus on system connectivity, using interoperability to unlock the full potential of automation for production gains at lower operating costs. “6th Sense is a formula we have developed for getting the right solutions in place and achieving operational excellence in mining and infrastructure operations,” said Helena Hedblom, Senior Executive Vice President Mining and Infrastructure. “The name 6th Sense implies that the solution brings something extra and that is just what it does, providing a significant advantage such as track and respond to real-time working conditions and equipment needs.” One example of Epiroc’s focus on automated and productivity-enhancing solutions comes from the Hollinger mine in Timmins, Canada. Together with long-term partner Newmont Goldcorp, Epiroc has put the world’s first fully autonomous SmartROC D65 surface drill rig in production. The operator can be positioned remotely and perform other tasks while the drill rig completes a full drill pattern autonomously. Besides increased operator safety, this boosts productivity thanks to Global Navigation Satellite System accuracy, non-stop operations and less wear and tear on drilling tools, reducing production costs and improving reliability. Another example is the new Teleremote e-tramming option for Epiroc’s popular range of Simba long-hole underground drill rigs. The automation package includes functionalities to monitor, plan and automate drilling operations from onboard the rig or from a remote location. Not only is the tramming process faster and simpler, the e-tramming function also provides a safer work environment and reduces variability in performance. “The 6th Sense approach is based on our customers’ needs for implementing digitalization, automation and new process integrations. We are continuously rolling out new innovative features, always with the customers’ needs in mind,” Helena Hedblom | President
Philippine Resources - June 28, 2022
Epiroc’s new Boomer S10 S gives major leap in cost efficiency and productivity of mine development
Quality and extreme accuracy equal serious cost savings. Being the world’s first automated one-boom jumbo for the small segment, Epiroc’s new Boomer S10 S pushes the boundaries of what to expect from a face drilling rig. The Boomer S10 S provides near surgical precision in drilling and major cost savings throughout the cycle – all thanks to being the world’s first one-boom jumbo featuring Epiroc’s Rig Control System. The consistent, repeatable, and quality-assured results are made possible by advanced automation, operator-assisting features, and digital drill plans. “With Boomer S10 S as our latest addition, we are proud to offer a sustainable automated operation for the small segment, with a complete range of automated rigs for face drilling, production drilling and rock reinforcement underground”, said Sarah Hoffman, VP Sales & Marketing at Epiroc’s Underground division. Quality means major cost savings New Boomer S10 S doesn’t compromise on quality – ever. And in this case, great quality means cost savings in terms of wear and tear of rock drilling tools, spare parts, and other consumables. Compared to traditional, non-automated one-boom jumbos, Boomer S10 S decreases the consumption of consumable parts with 30 %1 while lowering maintenance costs by 12 %. The great value of automation Thanks to the digital drill plans and Epiroc’s Rig Control System the drill rig is perfectly aligned in the drift to optimize accuracy, providing less overbreak and underbreak, and longer pull rounds. “The Rig Control System provides drilling accuracy way beyond what human eye measure could ever accomplish. It is high-quality production from start to finish, and a great milestone reached for mine development”, said Niklas Berggren, Global product manager face drilling equipment at Epiroc. When applying the High Performance Development method – a way of working during the entire drill cycle –Boomer S10 S offers up to 25 % more development meters3 compared to traditional one-boom jumbos. The total cycle time is reduced thanks to better pull-length, fragmentation, and less need for scaling. “It’s a snowball effect on productivity: accurate drilling holes means less explosives, less scaling and better tunnel profiles. In turn, a better tunnel profile means less rock reinforcement and less tear on all the machines in the drift. All this leads to significant cost reductions while increasing productivity and safety for everyone involved”, Niklas Berggren explains. Taking operator ergonomics to new heights Designed for great ergonomics with lower vibration and sound levels (<75 dbA), the Boomer S10 S is a pure joy to use for the operator. Apart from offering better visibility and a multi-functional joystick, Boomer S10 S grants higher comfort and a significant reduction of live work. Epiroc’s Rig Control System Epiroc’s Rig Control System, RCS, was first implemented in 1998. The system is used for controlling several vital functions in Epiroc’s machines. It is also an enabler for several productivity-increasing, efficiency-boosting and cost-saving automation features. Visit the Boomer S10 S website to learn more: https://www.epiroc.com/en-ph/products/drill-rigs/face-drill-rigs/boomer-s10-s
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Philippine Resources - March 23, 2023
20 Years of Integral: Celebrating Growth and Transformation
Integral, a purveyor of market-leading process control solutions in the Philippines, celebrates its 20th anniversary this 2023. The event, held in EDSA Shangri-La, was attended by the company’s employees, clients, and supply chain partners. The celebration was a showcase of Integral’s history. But more importantly, it highlighted lessons the company learned as keys to success over the past two decades. As told from the perspective of the founders and employees, the event delivered a playful yet heart-warming glimpse into Integral's journey.
Philippine Resources - March 23, 2023
PH, Australia partner for technical cooperation for PPP
Photo: Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu PSM. Credit: AusAmbPH Twitter Page As the Marcos administration becomes bullish in utilizing a public-private partnership (PPP) model in infrastructure projects, the Australian government will be providing its technical expertise in rolling out infrastructure projects under the PPP. Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Hae Kyong Yu PSM told the Philippine News Agency in an interview at her residence Wednesday that the embassy will be launching the Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) on March 24. “Infrastructure is a big area that the Philippines is focusing on, and I know President (Ferdinand R.) Marcos (Jr.) has announced that he wants to utilize PPP more where it’s possible. So we are working closely with the Philippine government to share with them how Australia has done it,” Yu said. P4I is an Australian government initiative that brings together experts from the public and private sectors as well as the academe to help Philippine government agencies involved in infrastructure development in the preparation stage of projects that would be under a PPP model. “We can help them with all the project preparation stage. How you do actual cost-benefit analysis of potential projects, and then how you prepare documents for possible procurement, tender processes, and things like that,” the envoy cited. She said that aside from the PPP Center, the P4I also aims to closely work with other agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Finance, and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), among others. Yu added that the Australian government will be closely working with the administration through the P4I in meeting its diverse infrastructure requirements, including roads, transport, energy, and public investment management. The Australian envoy said a number of Australian companies have been involved in infrastructure projects in the country. Early this month, NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan announced that the NEDA Board approved PHP9 trillion worth of flagship infrastructure projects, with 45 of these projects possibly being funded through PPPs. “The government shall harness the financial and technical resources of the private sector, which allows the public sector to allocate its funds for greater investment in human capital development, especially to address the scarring in health and education due to the pandemic, and provided targeted assistance that protects vulnerable sectors from economic shocks,” Balisacan had said. By Kris Crismundo Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
Philippine Resources - March 21, 2023
PBBM boosts transport sector thru big-ticket projects
Photo credit: Department of Transportation Several big-ticket infrastructure projects in the transportation sector have been approved or are already being implemented by the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported Monday. In a statement, the DOTr said the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Project, Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, EDSA Greenways, the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) West Extension, and the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension are all ongoing as of March 9 according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). These projects are among the 67 infrastructure flagship projects (IFP) that have been greenlit or are already underway out of the 194 high-impact projects under Marcos’ "Build Better More" program. In the rail sector, these approved and ongoing projects include the Metro Manila Subway Phase 1, Mindanao Rail Phase 1, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) rehabilitation, Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT-4), Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7), New Cebu International Container Port, New Manila International Airport (Bulacan International Airport), North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul, and the Subic Clark Railway. The New Dumaguete Airport Development Project (Bacong International Airport) and the Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation (InFRA) Phase 1 have also both been approved by NEDA, with six projects awaiting approval. Last week, the NEDA Board, led by Marcos, approved 194 high-impact priority projects with a total cost of around PHP9 trillion. The board also approved amendments to the 2013 Joint Venture guidelines to support the government’s push for more investments in the country’s infrastructure. PNR suspension Meanwhile, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda has expressed alarm over an impending suspension of select PNR routes due to the NSCR, saying it will affect thousands of commuters, mostly students and workers. “The welfare of the riding public should always be prioritized yet it remains to be seen whether such proposed solutions would effectively and sufficiently address the riding public's urgent demands in time for the imminent suspension of the operations of the PNR,“ Legarda said in her explanatory note on Senate Resolution No. 546. The PNR plans to suspend operations of certain routes for up to five years to facilitate the faster construction of the 55-kilometer NSCR. The construction will start in May and PNR may suspend the routes between Governor Pascual in Malabon City and Calamba City in Laguna, and well as Alabang, Muntinlupa City to Calamba. The Tutuban, Manila-Alabang route will be suspended in October and will affect between 20,000 and 25-000 passengers daily. Legarda urged the Committee on Public Order, chaired by Senator Grace Poe, to look into the impending suspension and come up with alternative solutions. Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
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