Epiroc has introduced its fifth generation of rig control system (RCS) for its blasthole drilling rigs. RCS 5 is the next evolutionary step toward fully autonomous mining.
RCS 5 provides the next step for the mining industry from the automation program that brought autonomous drilling into a sustainable reality. Features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real time drill plan updates between drills, auto tower angle and integrated camera view advanced awareness are some of the early features introduced.
Whether operating from a remote location or on-board the drill, the new and improved RCS 5 intuitive main menu creates a user-friendly experience that ultimately increases productivity. This new design allows the operator to focus on the task-at-hand and switch seamlessly between screens in a well-organized and dynamic environment.
RCS 5 with the new function drill plan generator (DPG) allows for creating and editing drill plans on-board the rig or from a remote location quickly and easily.
The new drilling data screen in RCS5 features real time depth and penetration rate feedback with histogram for easy in-hole monitoring.
“We’re excited to continue our automation journey, pushing the limits in sustainable productivity. Launching the RCS 5 platform will allow our customers and partners to further advance their operations, saving valuable time and dollars while increasing predictability and safety with either on board or autonomous operations” - said Tyler Berens, product line manager, Automation at Epiroc Drilling Solutions. “Autonomous operations began with RCS 4, wait until you see where we take it with RCS 5.”