Sandvik RockPulse marks the evolution of top-hammer drilling technology as it works directly with the rock drill and control system to deliver real-time tool monitoring.
Sandvik has developed and launched a new technology for top-hammer drilling that is set to mark the beginning of a new era – RockPulse. This add-on system integrates directly with the rock drill and its control system, and it is the first practical solution for real-time tool stress monitoring, as well as enabling drilling process optimization in varying rock conditions. Ensuring profitable rock drilling involves striking a fine balance between cost and efficiency. RockPulse assists by analysing each piston blow in real time, measuring the stress on the tool and allowing the operator to optimize based on the data. Tests have shown up to a five percent increase in average penetration rate, along with a noticeable decrease of four percent in percussion power. This technology also helps optimize bit regrinding intervals, which boosts efficiency and productivity.