The agreement between the two companies ensures that drillers get the world’s best combination of technologies for state-of-the-art automation or machine autonomy. The Flanders ARDVARC systems have been field-proven on multiple blasthole drills around the world. For factory-supplied systems on new Sandvik drills, the initial automation modules will be offered during the first quarter of 2012 on machines with electric-over-hydraulic controls.

“Together, we will deliver automated and autonomous machines directly from the factory, and offer sophisticated retrofits for more than 2,000 Sandvik drill rigs currently operating globally,” said Gregg Scanlan, vice president of surface drilling equipment, Sandvik. “Our strategy is to combine proven automation with world-class drill rigs and a strong global aftermarket support.”

“By listening to customers and serving their needs our mining solutions deliver real operational, safety and financial value for our customers,” said Allen Patterson, COO, Flanders. “Our ARDVARC automated drill system continues to prove that. Working with Sandvik helps us in our mission of being a force for good to our customers, business partners like Sandvik and the communities we serve. Together we can better standardize the offering and formalize field support on a global scale. Our partnership will accelerate implementation and acceptance of ‘automation’ on drill rigs and benefit a growing number of mining companies.”