The Sandvik DE130xis a fully certified exploration drill rig for underground coal applications according to stringent European standards.
The ATEX-certified rig is the latest in Sandvik’s DE100 series of compact core drills for surface and underground exploration. ATEX consists of two EU directives — one for equipment manufacturers and one for operators — that outline permissions for explosive environments.
The DE130x features a redesigned power unit, upgraded steel parts and a wire emergency stop on the feed boom for increased safety.
George Tophinke, global exploration equipment manager, says expanding coal markets led Sandvik to bolster its offering to include a certified drill in the DE100 series.
“Historically this series has been very successful for Sandvik,” Tophinke says. “We expanded our offering in line with our important ongoing efforts to integrate EHS into our products.”