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    The Drill Control Interface (DCi) provides drilling contractors a fully electronic interface to safely and efficiently operate underground drilling equipment. The DCi ™ is a substantial step for increasing safety on-site by moving the driller away from moving parts and hydraulic hoses.

    • Increases productivity by allowing driller to operate rig and rod handler from a distance
    • Compatible with LM™75 and LM™90 - existing LM™ series drill rigs can be retrofitted
    • Features one-touch rod feed and pull functionality
    • Integrated system controls provide immediate feedback of drilling conditions
    • Data logging for easier report analysis


    1. Operator Control Panel

    Stainless steel construction housed in a lightweight and portable aluminium frame. Control layout includes a 7” Colour Screen and has been designed to ensure easy operator transition from pilot hydraulic to electric controls. Dual joysticks allow both rig and the latest version LM Rod Handler to be operated from a single control console for added ease and efficiency.

    2. Rig Upgrade Kit

    A range of sensors control the automated functions and monitor all critical drilling parameters, returning this information back to the operator control panel for processing and retention.

    3. DCi Hydraulics Module

    A ‘bolt-on’ assembly containing all IO Modules and, hydraulic manifolds. Can be easily regressed to the original pilot hydraulic control console functionality if required.

    4. Perimeter Laser Protection

    Auto shutdown when security laser is breached, keeping workers safe from drilling operation hazards.

    Operation Functions

    Unattended DrillingDrilling within Predetermined range c/w Auto Rechuck
    “One Touch” Rod PullSemi-Automatic Single Rod Pull including joint breaking
    “One Touch” Rod FeedSemi-Automatic Single Rod Feed including joint tightening
    Rod Handler*Integrated Rod Handler Controls
    Controllable Drilling ParametersSupervisor “Settable” Parameters via USB Upload
    Data LoggingUSB Download of System Drilling Data
    *PWM Rod Handler required

    Operational Controls

    Control Panel ConstructionFreestanding Stainless enclosure, Lightweight Aluminium Support Frame
    Display Type7” IFM Colour Display Screen
    Drilling ControlTwin Electronic Joystick and Control Switches
    Rod Handler*Single Station Drilling/Rod Handler Control
    *PWM Rod Handler required

    Display Information

    RotationRotation Pressure/Torque [bar <> psi] and Speed [rpm]
    Drilling PressuresFeed Pressure [bar <> psi] and Holdback Pressure [bar <>
    Water PumpFlowrate [lpm <> gal/min] and Water Pressure [bar <> psi]
    Feed RateDrilling Penetration Rate [mm/min <> in/min]
    Bit WeightDrilling Force [kNf]
    WirelineSpeed [rpm] and Total Count [revs]
    Diagnostics and AlarmsOn-Screen System Diagnostics and Alarm Messages

    Rig Upgrades

    Rotation Unit SensorsRotation Speed and Rod “Stick Out” Monitoring
    Load Sense ReliefControlled Load Sense Limiting function for Feed and Rotation
    Water Pump SensorsRotation and Pressure Monitoring
    Wireline CounterDirectional Capable Rotation Count Sensing
    Perimiter Laser ProtectionMultifunction Tri-Colour Indication of Rig and Perimiter Clear Status
    Aluminium Body Water SwivelNon Contact End of Rod Detection for Auto Functions

    Hydraulic and Control System

    Head Position FeedbackNon Contact Linear Transducer, IP67 Rated
    Feedframe Hose ManagementBulkhead Controlled & Sleeved Hose Movement
    Rod End “Stick Out” DetectionNon Contact Rod End Sensing and “Stick Out” Control
    PLC ControllerIFM CAN based Mobile Controller, IP67/e1 Rated
    ElectroHydraulic ControlPWM Electronic Pilot Pressure Control Valves
    Robust SystemIP67 Embeded Control System and Components