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Epiroc’s new Common Automation Panel (CAP) for mixed fleets
Epiroc’s new Common Automation Panel (CAP) for mixed fleets

Epiroc launch Common Automation Panel for platform approach to mixed-fleet operations

EPIROC have today launched  the Common Automation Panel (CAP) for Pit Viper RCS-based surface drill rigs and SmartROC down-the-hole (DTH) MKII models.

CAP enables a transformation in remote control centres, with improved ergonomics and a platform approach to the running of mixed fleet operations from a single station.


‘CAP has been created for the modern mine/quarry remote control centre environment. It will help our customers to streamline the value chain of their surface drilling operations – and create a safer and more productive environment,’ said Christopher Blignaut, automation manager at Epiroc Surface division.

According to Epiroc, CAP creates opportunities for complete transformation, including improving the layout in the control room, the way operators are trained and work, and reduced variability and spare parts costs.

‘The CAP station will bring value to the daily operations that focus on technology and automation – through direct opportunities to increase utilization of the fleet and reduce operating costs,’ continued Mr Blignaut.

‘Operation through CAP can also prolong the effective life of the equipment by ensuring that it operates within optimal design parameters, resulting in lower maintenance costs overall.’

Epiroc say the Common Automation Panel has a new design approach, including a 12in touchscreen display and joystick configuration for different machine types, which is an important benefit when it comes to mixed fleet operations with Pit Viper and SmartROC DTH MKII, as well as training for new operators.

For the operator, this means easier adaptation between machines and more flexibility to run the fleet. The product was also designed with improved ergonomics in mind, to allow the panel to be situated comfortably in multiple positions.

The Common Automation Panel also offers a new safety system to further reduce the office footprint and increase the total number of machines that can connect into a control room in a single system. This is important for situational awareness during remote operations and will reduce maintenance and operating costs for larger fleets, say Epiroc.

CAP will also enable more consistent and predictable operations and a lower overall cost of ownership. In the long run, this will have a positive effect on decarbonization as well as enhancing the health and well-being of the operators.

‘We see increased environmental, social, and governance (ESG) demands, tighter demands on health and safety, and the need to integrate ground-breaking digitalized solutions that boost productivity in the mining environment. CAP answers these demands directly,’ said Mr Blignaut.


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