New Sandvik simulator is designed for safer training

15 September 2020

Underground drill operators and maintenance teams can now train in a safer environment thanks to the introduction of the latest Sandvik training simulator. Sandvik says it has developed Digital Driller to improve performance in underground hard-rock drilling, whether in tunnelling or mining applications.

Now including the DS422i, the new Digital Driller family is claimed to provide advanced simulator training to improve operator and drilling performance, and to generally facilitate underground operations. Digital Driller is said to provide a safe, highly portable low-weight training tool that can be used on site.

The system is purpose designed to simulate the operation of a real rig – specifically the DD422i/iE, DT922i, DL432i, DL421 and now the DS422i - using the same control system software as found on Sandvik drills. During training, the system allows operators to develop and refresh their skills progressively, irrespective of whether they are novice operators or conducting the entire drilling cycle. All versions of Digital Driller are fully integrated with Sandvik’s iSURE software – the tunnel and drill plan management tool for accurate drilling, charging and blasting.

Claimed to significantly reduce drill start-up times, Digital Driller allows rig operators to be fully familiar with their machines, leading to improved efficiency and productivity. The simulated training eliminates equipment damage and consumption of rock tools and fuel, results in zero emissions and does not expose trainees to risk. The software supplied includes a range of specific exercises for recording and measuring operator behaviour.