Meeting the Drilling Industry’s Demand for Auxiliary Air

Meeting the Drilling Industry’s Demand for Auxiliary Air

A key trend in the types of drilling services is the greater need for fast, deep, large-diameter hole drilling, reports Atlas Copco. Often, on-board compressors just can’t provide the necessary penetration rate and bailing air required for these jobs.

In response, the company’s Compressor Technique business acquired the Hurricane air and gas booster compressor business based in Franklin, Indiana, USA in April 2008, which was integrated with the Portable Air Division. These boosters complement the existing Atlas Copco product range, enabling Compressor Technique to deliver air pressures up to 275 bar, possibly higher.

Then, in November, the Portable Air Division team based in Antwerp, Belgium introduced a new auxiliary range that provides the most powerful air supply available from a portable compressor. Intended primarily for drilling contractors, these machines have also achieved the lowest specific fuel consumption per unit air delivered. The 25 bar (365 psi) XRVS and 30 bar (435 psi) XRXS models in this DrillAir line were launched in November 2008 and the 35 bar (510 psi) XRXY versions in late March this year. Atlas Copco anticipates the main markets for these new compressors will be in the mineral exploration, water well and geothermal drilling sectors and also in oil and gas development.

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Underground Electric Haulage Attracts Fresh Interest

Underground Electric Haulage Attracts Fresh Interest

Those who see hybrid and full electric drive systems for mine haulage as the way forward may be encouraged by new orders received by GIA Industri for the two models in the Kiruna Electric Truck range. Six trucks are to be delivered during 2009 to customers in North America. And, orders for electric-powered LHDs are also increasing, according to Sandvik.

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I-Site Laser Scanning Products to be Marketed Worldwide

I-Site Laser Scanning Products to be Marketed Worldwide

by Leica Geosystems

Leica Geosystems’s Spatial Solutions Division, which includes HDS terrestrial laser scanning products, has selected Maptek to supply a long-range laser scanner and associated mine scanning software to be sold under the Leica Geosystems brand.

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ABB Gearless Mill Drive Users Meet in Peru

ABB Gearless Mill Drive Users Meet in Peru

ABB reported that it held the most recent of its Gearless Mill Drive (GMD) User Meetings in Lima, Peru, during October 23–24. The conference, a cooperative event between ABB Switzerland and ABB Peru, was the fourth meeting of its type, following a global event held in Switzerland in 2007 and after two regional events in Santiago de Chile and Sydney, Australia, both held in 2006. The 2009 GMD User Meeting will be held in Switzerland next October. 

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