Quietest cabin of the drill rigs created - the Sandvik DR461i
When Sandvik Mining designed the first of its new-generation rotary blasthole drills, it ranked performance and operator ergonomics as the most important criteria in order to ensure the machine performed even in extreme conditions.
"Our ambition from the start was to deliver maximum peace of mind to the owner," says Ken Stapylton, Vice President Surface and Exploration, Sandvik Mining. "Rugged though the new machine is, our concern has been to pay a lot of attention to operator ergonomics as well as create a layout that makes service and maintenance as simple as possible."
The DR461i’s FOPS-certified cabin includes "all in the seat" drilling and tramming controls and touch screens. The cab is pressurized and sound insulated to 80 dB(A)* or less. It is air conditioned, with tinted windows that are angled to reduce glare, and a "safari roof" to keep it cooler.
"Operators tend to work 12-hour shifts. So it's vital we make life as comfortable as possible for them," Stapylton says. Tim Thiel, Barrick Gold driller and one of the primary operators on the prototype, approved. "I've had a lot of people that have come in while I've been drilling and complimented how quiet the cab is. It's almost like comforts of home. You spend a large amount of time in it. When I get to shut that door, it's nice and quiet. You don't have to hear the motor rumbling in your ear."
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