Tele-Remote Drilling system allows to control the unit from a safe remote location (i.e; operation surface room), with a static user interface, identical at the remote location and on the drill.
Operating a production drill remotely offers number of benefits in underground mining, related to product safety and productivity. Exposure to potentially hazardous working conditions and time on-board the drill unit are minimized. Distance between the drill unit and remote location is not limited; the remote-control interface can be in a dedicated facility or in a vehicle. Layout and ergonomics of the remote location infrastructure can be designed to meet the mine requirements and the user interface between the locations is identical; the system is fitted with remote cameras for good visibility and audio stream for realistic and informative scene on drilling.
Tele-remote drilling allows multiple units to be controlled by one operator (through individual user interfaces). Combined with drilling automation, working can continue through shift changes and breaks, or during the shift.
The drill and the remote-control location can be connected through WLAN network or LAN cable. Tele-remote operation can be integrated in the existing mine network if it meets the requirements on connectivity. The WLAN connection is also delivered with the cable connection feature. The maximum ethernet cable length between the drill and mine network access point is 90 meters.
Mobile Tele-Remote option consists of a battery powered remote control station, easy to set-up and transport, instead of the static station.