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Hands-free rod handling system enhances safety and productivity

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A HANDS-FREE rod handling system designed to fully automate the loading of drill rods and core barrel operation is enhancing safety, lowering costs and improving productivity across numerous industries.

“When manually loading drill rods, accidents can occur with the possibility of severe injuries.

Automating this labour-intensive operation ensures the safety of staff and introduces a more efficient and productive process,” says MD of Pacific Technologies, Eddy Mathe.

Supplied by Pacific Technologies and its drilling rigs supplier, Hanjin D&B, Mathe says the system is particularly well-suited for applications such as exploration drilling, water drilling, reverse circulation and geothermal drilling.

“The automated solution is different to most other hands-free rod handlers which automate only the rods but not the core barrel. The fully hands-free system aims to offer better performance than competitive products, while also ensuring a safer working environment as a result of reduced human intervention, further enhancing the level of safety,” says Mathe.

“The system ensures compliance with government regulations, to improve safety. For ease of use, the system includes a remote control for tramming of the rig, the rod loader and rod carrier.”

The rod loader has a magnetic handler which lifts the rod magnetically and, as an added safety feature, the rod loader also has ‘jaws’ for the handling of rods. The magnetic and jaw system is designed to enable the rod loader to handle the core barrel with greater ease and without manual intervention.

The handling system covers the entire process, from handling drill rods from the rod carrier using the rod loader to feeding the rods into the rod feeder, which in turn feeds the rods into the rod handler.

All of which is fully automated and hands-free. The unit includes an air-conditioned cabin, with the rod handler.

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