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Flanders Debuts Fully Automated Multi-Pass Drill Rig


Flanders has completing the development and deployment of ARDVARC 4.0, what it is calling the world’s first fully automated multi-pass drill rig that also incorporates the world’s first autonomous angle drill implementation.

Building on the success of ARDVARC, ARDVARC 4.0 now serves as the basis for all ARDVARC systems, and features:

  • Multi-pass and semi-pass automation.
  • Unprecedented drill hole and hole angle accuracy (.5 meters on X and Y axes, +/- 1 degree on hole angle).
  • Automatic drill string adding and racking.
  • New Human/Machine Interface (HMI).
  • New data collection.
  • New, more modular hardware.

This advanced technology resulted from Flanders commitment to listen to and serve customers with solutions that meet their needs, including improving safety and increasing productivity, according to the company. ARDVARC is a state-of-the-art automation technology that removes operators from harm’s way, improves fragmentation consistency and increases drilling efficiency.

“It’s been a remarkable journey for Flanders bringing this solution to market, and in conquering this challenge, we raised the bar for optimizing assets and serving customers with tomorrow’s machine systems solutions,” said Curtis Stacy, director of product support at Flanders.

ARDVARC 4.0 Benefits:

  • Productivity gains at all operator experience levels, especially the less skilled.
  • More real-time capabilities give operator live dashboards of utilization and performance data and statistics.
  • Reduced machine wear and tear.
  • Extended drill string component life.
  • Reduced cost for on-site personnel.
  • Complete operator safety in collapse-prone drilling situations.
  • Improved shovel/dragline productivity and availability.
  • New Flanders–designed system hardware.

Flanders, www.flandersinc.com