SIMPLE MECHANISATION OF NARROW VEIN DEPOSITS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Symposium on Vein Deposits
Marcel Laflamme, William Quesnel,
Abstract
The Candrill was developed with Soredem as a one-operator jackdrill for Canadian narrow vein mining. It provides the benefits of increased drilling rates, lower noise and vibration, mass reduction of 20% and system cost saving. The Candrill is to be commercialised at the end of 2001 together with a stoper drill through Parts Headquarters, Novatek's Canadian agent.

The CanDrill or pneumatic drills may be further exploited using a simple mechanised drilling system to further reduce operator labour, improve drilling speeds by up to 50% and to enhance drilling accuracy.

Novatek's drilling system for simple mechanisation in gold and platinum mines is integrated with roof supports, can operate in stope widths as low as 800 mm and has resulted in labour savings of 50%, improved advances per blast of 20 to 50% and improved operator safety and ergonomics.


Keywords: Novatek, Candrill
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