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South Africa: Epiroc launches next step in production drilling: Simba E70 S shines its lights on process management

Our new long-hole production drill rig for medium to large-sized drifts, Simba E70 S, offers more than cutting-edge automation features and excellent drilling quality. It also provides Epiroc’s optimization method; a step-by-step program that continuously improves how the machine is utilized in the mining process.

What makes Simba E70 S the next obvious step in production drilling is not its automated features alone. It is also the ability to track and evaluate its performance, then optimize accordingly. This is made possible by production reporting; the first step in Epiroc’s optimization program.

Our new Simba E70 S delivers greater value to our customers’ operations through improved productivity, with zero compromise on quality”, says Sarah Hoffman, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Underground division.

The Simba E70 S is part of Epiroc’s Smart series and can also be delivered with the optional battery-electric driveline for reduced environmental impact and healthier underground conditions.

More meters, more value

The real value is created while the machine is producing meters. That is why the ability to track effectiveness and utilization – if Simba E70 S drills and produces meters when active – is one of its main advantages.

The connected Simba E70 S provides us with performance and quality data, so we can take the first step towards providing tailored process management to our customers”, says Mikael Larslin, Global Product Manager Production Drilling at Underground division.

After tracking effectiveness and utilization, we compare the result to global benchmarks. In that way, we can easily analyze if the machine is being used in the most optimal way or if there is room for improvements”, says Olav Kvist, Global Portfolio Manager Production Drilling at Underground division.

Increased utilization is the main goal. By guiding customers through a structured step-by-step optimization program, we can increase their efficiency and profits over time. Change management based on data and reports is the real customer value”, Olav Kvist says.

While the optimization journey progresses, the operator’s role changes as well. “As the process becomes more automated, the operator goes from running the Simba E70 S to supporting it when running in automated mode, upskilling and making them more of a process operator”, says Mikael Larslin.

All in all, it is the obvious next step in production drilling”, says Olav Kvist.

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