Dedicated purely to mining

New Pantera is a robust and productive range of trackdrills, designed with the environment, health and safety in mind. The drill platform comes in down-the-hole and top-hammer versions for surface mining.

With a weight of more than 34 tonnes and a width of three metres, the all-new Pantera trackdrills are built to stand their ground. They’re based on a modular design with down-the-hole (DTH) and top-hammer (TH) versions, for blast holes, pre-split and mine development in the four-to-eight-inch segment.

“When we developed the specifications we identified three major stakeholders: the mining companies, the operators and the maintenance staff,” says Jan Petzold, vice president, mining, surface and underground production drilling equipment at Sandvik. “Their needs guided us in everything we did during the design process.”

Several things turned up on the short list: productivity, safety, ergonomics, sustainability and automation. The combination was demanding.

“It had to be a machine dedicated to mining and the future needs of the mining industry,” Petzold says.

Soon on site

Pantera was officially launched in September at the EuroMining trade fair in Tampere, Finland. The first deliveries of DTH Pantera drills will be made in January 2014, while the TH Pantera units are slated for June the same year. The latter will include a new rock drill with a Sandvik +Range tool system for hole diameters of 152 to 178 millimetres. The world’s largest top hammer drill string features a new design for handling bending stresses, to ensure holes are drilled straight, even at great depth, and to maximize tool service life.

There are three standard levels of equipment:
Silver – Fitted for standard drilling performance, hole precision and quality. Fulfils all requirements related to safety.
Gold – TIM3D navigation via GPS and data transfer, automated drilling functions and health-monitoring system. Includes all Silver features.
Platinum – Remote-controlled operation ready for use with Sandvik AutoMine. Includes all Gold features.

As a result, the Pantera range is completely designed for wall control, pit development and production drilling in open pit mines. With an industrial designer on the development team, the drills are a stylish addition to any fleet of mining machines.

Pantera drills are available in DTH or TH versions, where the DTH drills blast holes in diameters from 115 to 203 millimetres up to a depth of 45 metres. The TH Pantera handles blast holes in diameters from 152 to 178 millimetres up to a depth of 36 metres.

Looking more closely at the productivity of the Pantera range, much attention has been paid to uptime. This shows in the rugged design and choice of reliable components, but also in the layout of the engine compartment. Inside and outside galleys provide maintenance technicians fast and easy access to service points. With a roof height of 1.8 metres, there is enough space to walk around key systems such as the engine, hydraulics and pneumatics. During operation, however, everything is protected by large covers.

Another productivity-increasing feature is a new feed module. It is fitted with a linear magazine that accommodates up to five drill rods, which are longer than on earlier carousel models.

“This means you can drill longer between the rod changes, which are very time-consuming steps in a drilling operation,” Petzold says.

Safety and ergonomics go together on the Pantera drills. One example is the operator cabin, where a body-integrated canopy constitutes the roll-over and fall-over protection structure (ROPS and FOPS). The cabin is suspended under the canopy, which is certified for the weight of the machine and falling objects.

“This means we are not required to test the cabin itself any longer, and that allows us to use new components and materials,” says project manager Markus Reinikka. “Historically, cabins are made out of steel. We have designed a structure of composite materials and aluminium.”

Features & benefits. What’s in it for me?

Feature: User-friendly layout and man-machine interfaces,  including location, access and space around service points
Benefits: Easy access to service points, giving fast and safe maintenance
Feature: Automated functions, including the number of drilling cycle phases and cycle time
Benefits: Maximum operator performance and process control
Feature: Safe and ergonomic cabin and control interface, including layout, visibility, noise level and FOPS/ROPS concept
Benefits: Safe operation and maximum operator performance
Feature: Optimized power pack alternatives, matching expectations for drill performance and economy
Benefits: High drilling capacity, long service life and minimized operating costs
Feature: Heavy-duty platform, including choice and rating of components
Benefits: High reliability and stability together with long service life

The cabin is much larger than usual. It is spacious enough for an operator and a trainer to sit comfortably together with a second student when required. The composite material absorbs vibrations and noise better than steel, and offers better insulation against both high and low temperatures. An ergonomic operator interface and drill support system also contribute to improved productivity.

Both the DTH and TH Pantera rigs feature a fuel-efficient 399-kilowatt engine that complies with the latest emission standards. The range of drills is built on the same platform for both drilling methods but uses different types of power packs. The TH Pantera is fitted with a 45-kilowatt hydraulic rock drill, a drilling method with lower energy losses than DTH drilling. There the percussion comes from a pneumatic hammer just behind the drill bit. It is propelled by compressed air fed through the drill rods at a maximum air pressure of 35 bar.

While DTH drilling has higher inherent energy losses than TH, the DTH Pantera comes with a new sustainability package that allows fuel savings of up to 20 percent. The result is a substantial reduction of both costs and emissions, particularly in round-the- clock mining operations.

With the Pantera range, Sandvik takes operator training to a new level. In addition to the improved conditions in the cabin, the company has developed a simulator for the new drills.

“It means you can train new operators before they actually get on a drill rig,” Petzold says. “This increases safety, reduces the risk of damage and helps to improve the performance of the drill operator.”

A simulator is also a tool to train the trainers and any operators who return from leave with their skills a bit rusty. In addition, the operator of the drill rig is supported by a high level of automation, including single-hole automation, automatic feed alignment and feed positioning. The automation also includes a drill health monitoring system and drill support system, the latter with GPS navigation as an option. It’s possible to configure Pantera drills for remote operation.

All versions share the same platform, control system and automation infrastructure, which keeps the cost of training, maintenance and ownership down.

Tech specs new Pantera trackdrills


DI6400 DTH DP2000 TH
Hole diameter range 115 – 203 152 – 178 mm
Pipe/rod diameter/length 89 – 140 / 7,500 127 / 6,100 mm
Maximum hole depth 45 36 m
Engine Tier 2 or Tier 4 399 399 kW
Air compressor capacity 28 14 m³/min
Air operating pressure Up to 35 10 bar
Rock drill output power 45 kW
Maximum rotation torque 5,000 5,000 Nm
Operating weight 34,000 34,000 kg