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A new face drilling rig for narrow tunnels and mines has been introduced by Atlas Copco. Based on its predecessor, the Boomer 104, the new Boomer T1 D offers an impressive array of technical and environmental improvements.
In the world of underground mining where narrow tunnels and drifts have limited space, a small and flexible face drilling rig is worth its weight in gold. Since the 90’s, this role has been filled by Atlas Copco’s Boomer 104. Now Atlas Copco has launched its successor – the Boomer T1 D.
The new machine retains the features and capabilities of the well-liked Boomer 104, but now introduces an extensive range of improvements and upgrades, all aimed at improving productivity, safety and operator comfort.
The range of new improvements and options include a more powerful and cleaner Tier 3 engine for higher tramming speed and environmental benefits. The boom suspension system reduces stress on the machine, thereby increasing service life and improving operator comfort when driving. A more ergonomic and comfortable cabin with better visibility is part of the optional extras, and the serviceability has been improved with more accessible service points.
An important improvement was made on the carrier frame. The new frame is stronger, has a lower centre of gravity and has an oversized articulation to cope with demanding operating conditions.
The first Boomer T1 D was tested at the Lovisa lead/zinc mine in Sweden where it achieved top results compared to the mine’s previous Boomer 104. Operators of the machine praised the improved ergonomics and drilling performance during the trial.