Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has revised its operator training simulator, Digital Driller, for drill operators and maintenance teams.
The Digital Driller family simulates the operation of the DD422i/iE, DT922i, DL432i, DL421 and now the DS422i, using the same control system software found on the Sandvik drills.
According to Sandvik, the Digital Driller can safely provide advanced training to improve both operator and drilling performance.
This ranges from the skills required by the novice operator to conducting the entire drilling cycle.
“This means that through using Digital Driller, a trainee is able to progressively learn to use all functions of the drill rig and to set parameters of the control system, accurately controlling the boom in a pre-defined plan,” Sandvik stated.
Trainers are able to initiate machine faults, incidents and hazards to train and assess operators.
Training can also be customised and include multiple scenarios that can be repeated.
“All trainees learn to understand the advanced diagnostics of the rig whilst avoiding risk of rig damage which further reduces any negative environmental impact,” Sandvik stated.
The use of simulator also means that there will be no emissions, risk of equipment damage, consumption of rock tools and fuel and trainees’ exposure to risks when becoming familiar with a new drill rig, according to Sandvik.