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MAY 2019

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34 May 2019 suppliers news Advanced Control System for Blasthole Rigs Epiroc recently introduced RCS 5, the fifth generation of the company's Rig Control System. It provides the next step for the mining industry from the auto- mation program that brought autono- mous drilling into a sustainable reality. Features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills, auto tow- er angle and integrated camera-view advanced awareness are some of the early features introduced. "We're excited to continue our au- tomation journey, pushing the limits in sustainable productivity. Launch- ing the RCS 5 platform will allow our customers and partners to further ad- vance their operations, saving valu- able time and dollars while increasing predictability and safety with either on board or autonomous operations" said Tyler Berens, product line man- ager, automation, at Epiroc Drilling Solutions. "Autonomous operations began with RCS 4, wait until you see where we take it with RCS 5." Whether operating from a remote location or on board the drill, the RCS 5's intuitive main menu creates a us- er-friendly experience that ultimately increases productivity. This new de- sign allows the operator to focus on the task-at-hand and switch seam- lessly between screens in a well-orga- nized and dynamic environment. RCS 5 with the new function Drill Plan Generator (DPG) allows for cre- ating and editing drill plans on board the rig or from a remote location quickly and easily. The new Drilling Data Screen in RCS5 features real-time depth and penetration rate feedback with histo- gram for easy in-hole monitoring. SynTerra, ECSI Merge Officials from SynTerra Corp. and ECSI LLC have combined their operations. Characterizing the transaction as a unification of client-focused firms, officials of the combined company emphasize the operations are "still the same." They said the expanded com- pany is ideally suited to serve clients throughout the eastern United States. SynTerra now has offices in Green- ville, South Carolina; Lexington, Ken- tucky; Pikeville, Kentucky; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Birmingham, Al- abama. The Lexington office of Bows- er-Morner Inc. also became part of SynTerra in the transaction. "Having more locations, person- nel, and service offerings means we can offer our clients broader capa- bilities and greater responsiveness," SynTerra President Mark Taylor said. "This is such a natural fit. From day one, we approached this as an op- portunity to strengthen our firms to better meet the business objectives of our clients. We've been doing a lot of planning together, and we have been functioning as a team for months. Now it's official." Steve Gardner, president and CEO of ECSI, expressed similar sentiment. "From my first meeting with Mark, I had a good feeling about the fit be- tween SynTerra and ECSI," Gardner said. "Our experience, culture and vi- sion for the future were in sync. With ECSI recently acquiring the geotechni- cal capabilities of the Bowser-Morner Lexington office, our combined groups can now offer a complete engineering and science-based package. Everyone at ECSI is excited about the opportu- nities this partnership brings." SynTerra covers a full range of sci- entific disciplines in conjunction with process, civil, mining and geotechnical engineering. SynTerra provides services to the electric utility, forest products, mining and minerals processing, man- ufacturing, site development, chemi- cals, and government market sectors. 690-MT Rock Crusher Moved Mammoet moved a 690-metric-ton (mt) granite rock crusher and primary conveyor inside the A.R. Wilson Quar- ry in Aromas, California. Both pieces needed to be relocated from the top of the quarry to the new location downhill and 1,200 meters (m) away. Owner Graniterock previously attempted to drive the rock crusher, Mammoet reported. The crusher ex- perienced a loss of braking power and the operation could not be completed safely. Mammoet proposed to move the crusher in one piece on SPMTs and received the contract. Whether operating remotely or on board the drill, Epiroc says the RCS 5's intuitive menu creates a user-friendly experience that increases productivity.

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