Epiroc unveils battery-electric drill rig

The SmartROC T35 E rig is an important step in the shift towards zero emission drilling.
The SmartROC T35 E rig is an important step in the shift towards zero emission drilling.

Epiroc used bauma 2022 to showcase its SmartROC T35 E, its first ever tophammer battery-electric drill rig. The rig is an important step in the shift towards zero emission drilling in surface mines and quarries worldwide.

The design of SmartROC T35 E is based on the well-proven SmartROC T35 surface drill rig. In combination with the experience gained from the development of Epiroc underground battery rigs, this new rig is designed to enhance the environmental standards of quarries and larger construction sites. Besides the low emissions, the rig provides a range of smart features, and delivers high safety, reliability and performance – in a quiet working environment.

“We are proud to present this rig at bauma, as it is a product which constitutes an important step in our shift to low-carbon operations within quarries and large construction applications. The fact that we are removing emissions from the drilling process is an important step towards a better environment. This accomplishment shows that Epiroc has an important role to play in making our industry more sustainable,” says Hakan Aytekin, vice president marketing, Epiroc Surface division.

The SmartROC T35 E rig is equipped with both a battery and an electric cable, which improves flexibility considerably. Operators can choose to drill with the most suitable alternative for the location and occasion. It also allows for quick and smooth transportation in and between sites.

The surface drill rig is fitted with the same type of well-proven batteries and subcomponents as in the Epiroc underground battery solutions. This streamlines spare parts handling and service for customers with several different operations.

“SmartROC T35 E is a result of a successful collaboration between Epiroc and our customers. They have provided us with valuable input, making sure we will deliver a rig with optimised performance and flexibility,” says Ulf Gyllander, global product manager tophammer drill rigs, Epiroc Surface division.

Learn more in the September-October issue of Quarrying Africa.

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