Atlas Copco launches the Explorac 235 reverse circulation drilling rig
Atlas Copco’s new Explorac 235 is a reverse circulation drilling rig designed specifically for exploration drilling down to 400 meters in depth. The launch confirms Atlas Copco’s strong commitment to meet growing global market demand in reverse circulation drilling.
Reverse circulation is gaining ground as a preferred technology to collect quality samples in initial exploration, ore body development and in-pit grade control due to its cost efficiency and fast collection of dry, quality samples.
“The launch of Explorac 235 is a firm response to increasing demand for personal safety and environmental care. It offers the efficiency and performance required by contractors, such as fast setup and drilling speeds, easy maintenance, reduced noise levels and minimum oil spillage, and enables the collection of high-quality samples requested by geologists,” says Martin Sommers, Vice President Marketing – Capital Equipment at Atlas Copco Geotechnical Drilling and Exploration division. “This launch is the first of several initiatives that will strengthen our position in the reverse circulation segment”.
The Explorac 235 is based on well-proven technology. It is an upgraded version of the well-known Explorac 220RC rig, Atlas Copco’s first rig designed specifically for reverse circulation. The Explorac 235 comes with several improvements compared to the Explorac 220RC, including:
- A new rod handler developed by Atlas Copco.
- 35 bar air pressure compared to the previous 30 bars.
- A new and improved rig control system, RCS4.
For further information, please contact:
- Martin Sommers, Vice President Marketing, Capital Equipment
+46 (0)8 587 786 45
+46 (0)73 275 86 45
- Lars Gellerhed, Product Line Manager, Reverse Circulation and Deep hole applications
+46 (0)8 587 785 62
+46 (0)70 417 85 62
- Mikael Wester, Communications Manager
+46 (0)8 587 786 84
+46 (0)70 810 01 87
Geotechnical Drilling and Exploration is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets equipment for exploration drilling and geotechnical engineering. The division is headquartered in Märsta, Sweden, with five production units in North America, Europe and Asia.