Epiroc recently introduced the Automatic Bit Changer (ABC) for hands-free bit changes on Pit Viper 270 and Pit Viper 290 series drill rigs. It is designed to change rotary tricone bits significantly faster than manual exchanges and eliminates human interaction with the drill string for a safer, more efficient way to operate a drill fleet.

The ABC makes it possible for operators to complete hands-free drill bit changes with the single touch of a button and to stay informed on their screen. Operators can make or break joints, select drill bits and add or remove them. This can be done from either a remotely based control room or from the comfort of the cab. The ABC optimizes productivity and efficiency of the drilling operation and improves safety by eliminating exposure to live work environments.

The carousel design allows up to four bits to be easily changed significantly faster and safer than a single manual exchange. The removable bit carousel can store multiple rotary tricone bits in varying sizes and cutting structure.

Customizing a Pit Viper 270 or Pit Viper 290 drill rig with the ABC option offers many benefits for the operator. In addition to easing their workload, it reduces the possibility of human error, injuries related to heavy lifting, lost time on manual adjustments, accidents and exposure to dust and noise. Eliminating these live work tasks is crucial in the mining industry. 

By eliminating manual drill changes, increasing machine uptime and decreasing worker injuries, Epiroc’s ABC supports a more productive and profitable operation.