Atlas Copco improves control of core drilling


With the release of the 4th generation of the computerized control system APC, for the core drill rig Diamec, Atlas Copco takes another step to increase productivity for core drillers around the world.

APC operator
By using the APC with the Diamec core drill rig, the cost of consumables can be lowered significantly in any surface or underground core drilling. The APC makes it easier to control and maintain a more efficient drilling, which prolongs service life of diamond bits and ITH tools. With an automated and optimal setting of drilling parameters, the driller is able to save on more than consumables -  great time savings are also made by lowering the risk of drilling errors, operator fatigue and core blockage.

Another important feature with the new generation of APC, is that it has significantly improved properties to resist harsh conditions compared to its predecessors. It can operate in a range from -25°C to + 65°C, in a relative humidity of up to 90-95%, and is also designed to withstand chock or vibrations in a better way.

The APC system provides powerful self diagnostics to support the drilling operation. This makes also less experienced drillers more reliable, and it allows operation with fewer persons involved. As a matter of fact, the APC can make the drilling to a one man operation, which gives more time to handle core samples, perform maintenance etc.

The new APC is developed with an improved ergonomic design, and a user friendly interface (including functions as backlight for better readability). It is based on the RCS system, which is also used in other drill rigs from Atlas Copco, and is hence a well proven, reliable system. With a USB connection, an external memory stick can be used to bring data up to the surface. A USB stick can also be used for software upgrades of the APC.

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Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions.

The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with more than 130 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 170 markets. In 2007, Atlas Copco had 33 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 63. 


Atlas Copco Geotechnical Drilling and Exploration division

Atlas Copco Geotechnical Drilling and Exploration is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction and Mining Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets equipment for exploration drilling and ground engineering. The division is headquartered in Märsta, Sweden, and its production is organized in specialized competence centers in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The division employs approx. 600 people worldwide.