Available on the P&H 77XD and 320XPC blasthole drills, the drill automation system features:

  • Single-unit high-precision GPS (HPGPS) remote control operations
  • Easy-to-use operator interface
  • Integrated Hawkeye 360º camera system
  • Integration with local site WiFi
  • Safety features, including physical lockout key, SIL-3 rated E-stop, GPS-based geo-fencing and 500 ms communications watchdog

Provides remote operation capabilities

The compact portable console provides line-of-sight tele-remote operations from a distance of up to one mile utilizing the same intuitive interface available in the operator's cab. All drill control functions are available through the console, including our advanced technology features:

  • Geo fencing
  • Auto navigation
  • Auto level
  • Auto drill
  • Obstacle detection and mitigation

Offers advanced technology features

  • Obstacle detection and mitigation: Projects an array of beams to create an intricate 3D grid pattern calculating size and distance, while differentiating between surrounding ground conditions and nearby objects (stationary as well as mobile). 
  • Auto navigation: Delivers high accuracy and repeatability for increased production. The system is designed to drill within 10 centimeters of each planned hole in a drill pattern. Consistency offers better blasts, achieving desired fragmentation sizing by drilling exactly to your drill plan. - 
  • High Precision GPS (HPGPS): Uses two sensors fixed on the drill to define the footprint of the decking platform. You can define the GPS limits of the boundary, creating a geo-fence. When the corners of the platform each the geo-fence, the drill is limited in operation. HPGPS also enables control accuracy of hole depth, taking the x, y and z axes into consideration during drilling. 
  • Advanced auto drill: Provides adjustment of the rotary speed and feed rate of the drill to maintain the optimal depth-of-cut. This includes advanced exception handling that enables operators to compensate and adjust on-the-fly to situations that impact overall cycle time performance, keeping the bit engaged. Examples include reacting to hole collapse, drill chip blockage in between the string and wall, adjustments to handle potentially adverse vibration conditions, and user feedback to avoid over-drilling.