Epiroc boosts blasthole drilling power and flexibility with DM30 XC

Epiroc has introduced the DM30 XC blasthole drill for a variety of multi-pass rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) drilling applications, offering, the company says, 33% more power and many benefits to customers.

Built off the same platform as the Epiroc DM30 II, the DM30 XC is designed for maximum productivity and efficiency due to increased rotary torque, increased pulldown and a larger hole range capability. The DM30 XC is built to handle a 101-159 mm drill pipe and has a weight on bit up to 20,000 kg. The heavy-duty, crawler-mounted, hydraulic top-head drive drilling rig features a 9.1 m drill pipe change and a standard carousel.

“The DM30 XC is built tough for the most demanding jobs, and high quality at an excellent value is what sets it apart from other drills in its class,” Mark Stewart, Regional Business Manager, Epiroc Surface division, said. “The drill is designed for mining so the structural components will hold up to the heavy-duty cycles required in a mining drill. The robust frame and tower weldments are manufactured to last the lifetime of the machine.”

With a starter rod under the rotary head, the DM30 XC can achieve a total clean depth capacity of 45.1 m for multi-pass applications and 8.5 m for single-pass applications. High efficiency and a 1,136 litre fuel tank allow the rig to run for up to 16 hours before needing a refill for continuous operation. In addition, the smaller, compact footprint of the DM30 XC makes it easy to manoeuvre on tight benches and simple to transport over between pits.

No matter the customer’s need, the DM30 XC offers options to suit any application, according to Epiroc.

Customers can choose a low- or high-pressure compressor to create the right configuration for their drilling operation. A one-piece FOPS (Falling Object Protective Structure) rated cab with electric over hydraulic controls offers enhanced safety, visibility and operator comfort. The DM30 XC is easy to operate, especially for drillers who have experience in other DM series machines. The ergonomic controls layout allows immediate switchover from drilling to tramming mode, maximising time available to drill.

The DM30 XC is equipped with an Electronic Air Regulation System (EARS) that provides low load start up and easy adjustment of bailing air to save horsepower and lower fuel consumption, extending power component life and decreasing total cost of ownership.

Customers can add even more flexibility to their DM30 XC with Epiroc’s Rig Control System (RCS) Lite, which offers several safety and productivity features. It also provides a convenient foundation to add more functionality and technology options in the future without a major rebuild of the machine, Epiroc says.

RCS Lite allows all Epiroc rotary drills to have the same on-board display and system for consistent operator training and service. The modular RCS Lite solution offers customers three different packages to choose from.