Barloworld Equipment Mining Launches Cat MD6200 Rotary Drill Rig


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Barloworld Equipment (BWE) Mining, a heavy-duty machinery and services company, has extended its mining solutions offering with the introduction of the Caterpillar MD6200 rotary blasthole drill rig.

“The MD6200 is a production rotary blasthole drill capable of drilling vertically as well as holes at a 30 ° angle. It is the only platform drill produced by a major original equipment manufacturer that is capable of drilling at a negative angle, giving drillers the flexibility to use the machine for specialty projects such as the development of ramps or access, sink plans as well as the limited pre-split. drilling ”, explains the BWE product manager for Caterpillar drilling rigs, Ramon glaus.

He notes that mining has become increasingly difficult over the past decade, with historically low commodity prices leading to increased levels of complexity.

“As such, mining companies have moved from increasing production at all costs to finding ways to control the cost of extracting minerals from the ground.

It was in this context that Caterpillar and BWE introduced the MD6200 rotary drill, ”he explains.

The MD6200 drill was designed with the customer in mind and was built to Caterpillar standards using existing Caterpillar fundamentals.

Glaus states that the MD6200 drill has been designed to perform at the most cost effective rate while providing exceptional safety and comfort in use.

The Cat MD6200 Rotary Blasthole Drill provides optimum drilling efficiency in single and multiple pass applications for rotary and downhole drilling.

Featuring optional automatic operation, the drill operates within ideal operating parameters for maximum life and reduced total cost of ownership. A sculpted design includes heavy transverse reinforcements in high load areas for maximum machine longevity, while the tubular box section provides optimal structural rigidity. The machine’s three leveling cylinders, mast pivot and bridge are all welded integrally to the main frame for maximum durability and service life.

“The new MD6200 drill rig is designed for efficient application on 10m beds, including angle drilling for cast iron blasting, making it the ideal drill for mining, quarrying and heavy construction applications.” , notes Glaus.

The machine design is based on several advantages including best-in-class angle drilling capability of 30 ° to -15 °, while mast angles complement high-wall slopes and operators have control of the mast in 5 ° increments.

The MD6200 is Caterpillar’s smallest drill, and it has the smallest shipping envelope of any drill in its class. In addition, it can be transported by road with the mast in place, so that it can simply roll over on a truck when it is time to move to another site.

It also offers best-in-class maneuverability, with its compact work envelope allowing it to set up faster, reducing time spent accessing drill jigs and moving between holes. Its oversized Cat 336 excavator-style undercarriage delivers best-in-class drawbar pull and drawbar pull, withstanding the toughest conditions on site.

The MD6200 is controlled by proven Cat electronics, sharing the electronics architecture with other Cat machines, meaning technicians will be familiar with them.

“With Cat Electronic Technician, troubleshooting is quick and easy. The electronics of the MD6200 also provide a common platform for the integration of a number of future autonomy solutions, ”explains Glaus.

Machine protection features and built-in interlocks help keep operators safe, while keeping the machine running and preventing potential breakdown or abuse.

“The MD6200 cab offers the comfort and control you expect from a Cat machine, with ergonomic controls that help the operator stay alert and avoid fatigue. Optional upgrades such as a heated and ventilated seat with heavy-duty suspension and double-glazed glass help operators stay comfortable throughout the shift, ”said Glaus.

Multifunction joystick controls and touch screens are easy and intuitive to use, and three standard cameras give the operator excellent visibility, he adds.

Additionally, the MD6200’s engine is engineered to meet the demands of the toughest applications, while the compressor offers variable volume air control and lower standby pressure for improved fuel mileage.

“The durable powertrain translates to longer service intervals for greater uptime,” notes Glaus.

The drill comes standard with Cat technology, which offers machine condition and performance monitoring to keep the machine running productively, while Drill Assist offers automatic leveling, Automatic retraction, automatic lifting and lowering of the mast and automatic drilling functions.

“Finally, an integrated depth gauge helps reduce over- and under-drilling,” concludes Glaus.

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