The DR461i experiences the Sandvik EDEEP process

The Sandvik surface drilling team tested the prototype of the new Sandvik DR461i drill rig – the first in the new generation of rotary and DTH drills – at one of the world’s largest gold mines in Nevada, USA: Barrick Gold Corporation. As part of the testing, the Sandvik EDEEP process was also conducted.

The DR461i has been designed with worldwide standards in mind, such as Mining Design Guidelines (MDG), for Mobile and Transportable Equipment in Mines, CE Conformity Marking for products sold in the European Economic Area (EEA), and also the Sandvik EDEEP process, which originated from the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT).

The Sandvik EDEEP process for the DR461i involved both personnel from Sandvik Mining and from the Barrick Gold Corporation. Darlene Dutcher, Product Safety Manager for Surface Drills at Sandvik Mining sees real benefits in conducting the EDEEP process in collaboration with the customer. Dutcher says: “it enables Sandvik engineers to see through the eyes of the customer and may help us to identify potential risks that are related to operator safety”.

During the Sandvik EDEEP process the customer’s operators and maintenance personnel met with the Sandvik Mining engineering group to conduct risk-based assessments, which resulted in the prioritization of identified potential risks and plans put in place to address them.

Just as it is for Sandvik, safety is also top priority for Barrick Gold Corporation. Kevin White, Barrick Gold Corporation Drill and Blast Supervisor at Cortez Gold Mine expressed the importance of safety features on a machine, and of sufficient training in regard to operation and maintenance of the unit. “To bring a new drill on site, we have to ensure the safety features and training requirements are up to our standards” says Kevin White. White continues: “There is a substantial amount of collaboration with the engineering group at Sandvik and our training group, to make sure that we develop an accurate and in depth training program”. In this light, Sandvik’s engineers and the customer are working closely together to help ensure that sufficient training is offered for the operation and maintenance of the DR461i.

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Collaborating to improve drilling safety

Sandvik Mining engineers collaborated with Barrick Gold equipment operators to evaluate a new drill’s safety features and recommend enhancements before the product launches globally.