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Atlas Copco Introduces New Protective Guard for Surface Drill Rigs

Atlas Copco has introduced a new protective guard for its surface drill rigs to give operators added protection from moving parts.

The guard gives the operator excellent protection around the boom while the drill rod is rotating, seen here on the FlexiROC T35 R

The risk of working close to moving parts on any machine is obvious, and most operators around the world are required to follow strict safety regulations. Despite this, however, accidents still occur.

At Atlas Copco, safety is a priority issue and the company is committed to ensuring that its products are as safe as possible. In line with this policy, it has now taken steps to provide added protection for rock drillers by launching a protective guard for its surface drill rigs.This concept targets the potential risk of getting too close to the rotating drill rod while the drill rig is in operation.

The slimline guard does not impair visibility or interfere with either the drilling operation or the rig’s performance. Neither is it a hindrance to serviceability as it can be easily opened using a standard wrench.Moreover, the lower section of the guard is made of rubber, allowing for flexibility when drilling in different positions and in difficult formations.

On drill rigs that can be used for toe-hole drilling, the guard incorporates an extension on one side of the boom to give extra protection to the operator while the boom is in the horizontal position. Parallel with this, the boom systems onthe rigs have been strengthened to accommodate the extra weight of the guard.

Developed in accordance with the new EU standard, EN 16228, the protective guard will be available on Atlas Copco surface drill rigs that are sold to affected countries and that are scheduled for delivery after 30 November.

Surface and Exploration Drilling is a division within Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets rock and exploration drilling equipment for various applications in civil and geotechnical engineering, quarries and both surface as well as underground mines worldwide. Atlas Copco's strong focus on innovative product design and service support systems gives added customer value. The main production centers are in Sweden, Italy, Austria, India, Japan and China. The divisional headquarters is in Märsta, Sweden.

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