Enhanced Operator’s Cab for 49HR Drill

Bucyrus International, Inc. introduces an enhanced, state-of-the-art operator’s cab for the Bucyrus 49HR line of rotary blasthole drills.

A major aspect of Bucyrus’ reconfiguration of the 49HR controls and console centered on improved ergonomics and comfort for drill operators. Bucyrus incorporated a six-way adjustable seat with a mechanical swing suspension into the cab design. In addition, in-seat controls were included, allowing drill operators to work in an ergonomically correct position. Between the seat and the front window, a footrest was added. This will aid in reducing operator fatigue and will help to minimize lower back pain. All primary controls are included on the in-seat control panels, while secondary controls are on a secondary control panel.

The operator’s on-board monitor was programmed for enhanced visibility in all conditions, including direct sunlight and night conditions and screens were positioned to facilitate easy viewing.

Drill operators and drill maintenance personnel both benefit from self-diagnostic program enhancements that not only alert operators that a fault has occurred, but also identify the source of the fault. This capability allows drill maintenance personnel to quickly repair the area in question in an effort to minimize drill downtime. It also allows maintenance personnel to mitigate safety risks associated with fault diagnostic activities. Ultimately, less drill downtime and mitigated safety risk equates to greater productivity and safety, a fact that Bucyrus is confident will positively impact the mine’s bottom line!

The new operator’s cab for the Bucyrus line of 49HR Drills is SAE-J 231 certified, making it Falling Object Protection Systems (F.O.P.S.) compliant. In addition, the new cab design allows for a better line of sight for drill operators, improving safety during propulsion and drilling operations. Bucyrus also offers an optional camera system to provide a 360° field of visibility for additional safety and production.

Bucyrus is committed to supplying the mining industry with innovative products that provide a competitive edge by way of productivity, reliability and safety gains. The enhanced operator’s cab for the Bucyrus 49HR drill is the latest addition to the company’s expanding stable of EDGE Technology products. In today’s competitive mining environment, Bucyrus EDGE Technology products, like the enhanced operator’s cab for the Bucyrus 49HR drill, will give mine owners/operators the edge they strive for!

Source: Bucyrus International, Inc.

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