Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, March 7, 2023. – MBI Global is unveiling its VersaDrill autonomous drill rig at the PDAC convention in Toronto. After years of R&D, testing, and perfecting, the drilling solutions provider is now ready to make its innovation available to its customers.
Tomorrow’s technology, today
The mining industry isn’t impervious to modern technological advances. The innovative autonomous drill rig is therefore a step towards the automation of all mining activities.
Automation is a new trend that offers many benefits, both in terms of finances and security. For instance, the autonomous drill rig reduces the time needed to accomplish a task, in turn reducing associated costs. Operations can now continue without interruption through shift changes (day shift to night shift).
The autonomous drill rig is a solution to the challenges faced by the mining sector, such as labour shortages and operating and material costs—major concerns for mining companies. Only one operator is needed instead of two (where regulations allow) to run this type of drill rig.
A strong product now on the market
The autonomous drill rig, available now, is the perfect combination of safety and performance. Every last feature is designed to optimize results.
To protect operators, the autonomous drill rig is equipped with safety features like an optical guard, an inner tube puller, and a direct communication tool that allows the underground driller to communicate with the surface team if the mining operation has LTE communication capacities.
These features also improve the machine’s performance. In addition to being autonomous, the drill rig improves efficiency through data acquisition. Access to real-time information allows for adjustments to be made during operation and reduces costly equipment changes.
The autonomous drill rig has now joined MBI Global’s product line and is available to everyone, everywhere.
It is the latest addition to its complete drilling solutions and strong products.
About MBI Global
MBI Global provides quality products and services for the drilling and mining industry. With locations in Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d’Or, Saskatoon, Lima (Peru), and Santiago (Chile), as well as an international network of distributors, MBI Global serves over 30 countries. The company relies on a solid partnership with manufacturers and distributors working together for the strongest products and services.
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Daniel Misiano, President