Sandvik launches DS512i rock bolter

The new DS512i rock bolter from Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is designed for 5 m x 5 m size headings combining a safe, ergonomic working environment with high levels of performance. Equipped with a completely new carrier, high-frequency rock drill, control system and ergonomic cabin, this new bolter features high levels of safety and efficiency, suitable for all rock reinforcement operations.

The new FOPS / ROPS cabin offers a safe, comfortable working environment for the operator. This reduces noise, vibration and dust levels and improves visibility while drilling and tramming. Furthermore, the spacious and ergonomic operating environment has an interactive graphic user interface, enabling all bolting operations to be performed by a single operator in safety and comfort.

Intelligent control systems assist during drilling, grouting and bolt tightening, delivering high levels of automation. Machine efficiency is further maximised through easy-to-access service points from ground level, allowing rapid maintenance and trouble shooting. The new DS512i comes ready for the AutoMine fleet and information management system and has multiple levels of automation, resulting in the correct choice of rig for the specific application.

High levels of drilling performance can be ensured, thanks to the use of Sandvik RD314 high-frequency rock drill and the drilling control system which optimises drilling penetration rates. The one bolt automation function of the DS512i enhances drilling productivity and extends operating lifetime of the drilling tools.

With up to 55% increased operator visibility and 35% higher penetration rates for greater productivity, the DS512i’s performance and safety are seamlessly combined. An upgraded bolting head comes with different bolt lengths providing an extensive bolt selection, whilst the eight-rock bolt carousel ensures that the DS512i is capable of installing different types of rock bolts ranging from 1.6 m to 6 m in length. An automatic resin shooting and cement mixing system further guarantees a high-quality rock reinforcement process.

Able to carry a 1,200 kg cement silo, the DS512i delivers increased meshing as well as hole angle measurement and an advanced boom manipulator. Bolting head movement is further optimised with new assistive and automatic features.

Designed specifically for tunnelling and mining, the new DS512i has been developed based on a modularised concept leading to high levels of parts commonality with the Sandvik DT922i, lowering the total cost of ownership. The bolter has been designed for the integration of subsequent actions involved in the drill and blast process.

As well as being and ideal bolter for tunnelling, the new DS512i comes complete with certain features that make it an excellent choice for mining bolting operations. It possesses several types of bolt length and varieties within the same machine and an automatic cement mixer in parallel with automatic resin injection. Ideal for small and large headings, it enables high bolting and meshing coverage, with efficient operations being ensured through sharing high commonality of parts with other members of the 400i carrier series.

High levels of automation

At the heart of the new DS512i are the high levels of automation. These have been developed to suit the specific needs of the customers and come in two packages: Silver and Gold.

The Silver package comprises of ‘one bolt’ automation (collaring, drilling, grouting, bolt handling, tensioning) and hole angle measurement. The boom is fully instrumented with indicators for hole angles, tilt and rotation, as well as an advanced boom manipulator, automatic cement mixing and basic remote monitoring, amongst other features.

The Gold package has full instrumentation and fan bolt locations to show one or more bolt fans to the specific mine or tunnel coordinates. iSURE comes as standard along with MWD, Total Station Navigation, Tele-Remote bolting, ‘planned versus actual’ bolting (which can be transferred to the control system) and full remote monitoring.

With its many purpose designed safety features, in-built levels of efficiency for high levels of operational productivity and automation to suit, the new DS512i from Sandvik is set to provide miners and tunnellers with peace of mind in rock support.