Concept Drill Rig Advances Electric Shift

A new electric concept surface drill rig has been developed in Tampere, Finland, to support sustainable and energy-efficient drilling. Operated fully by electricity, it reduces particulate and CO2 emissions of tramming and drilling.

What the concept drill rig has been able to do is transfer highly advanced sustainability technologies into the surface drilling world for the first time. This means it is bringing new solutions together on an actual machine.

Sandvik aims to be the go-to provider for customers looking for zero-emissions solutions, implementing these new drilling innovations throughout Sandvik’s product range. Furthermore, a continued dialogue with customers and partners is very important.

“We could make the selections ourselves,” says Lauri Laihanen, Vice President, R&D and Product Management, Surface Drilling Division, “but we want to do it together with our customers. It’s about customer orientation, rather than technology orientation. Technology for us is only a tool to meet customer needs. With this surface concept drill rig, the primary role of technology is to support a zero-emissions approach.”

As the ideal platform for the surface concept drill rig, Sandvik selected the Commando™ DC300Ri top hammer drill rig, known for its excellence in urban surface drilling, underground secondary breaking, and support applications.