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A collaboration between Integrated Air Solutions, Kemach Equipment and Liyema Drilling created a customised drill and blast drill rig incorporating an excavator, a compressor and a drilling tower. An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit the state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment.

The JS205 excavator was converted into a drill rig by contract drilling company Liyema Drilling. Integrated Air Solutions, in close consultation with Kemach Equipment technicians, replaced the counter-weight at the rear of the JS205 with the customised ELGi compressor. The company shortened the 900cfm compressor from 4m to 3,2m and custom fabricated a sub-frame compressor housing.

Innovation that takes drilling to the next levelIntegrated Air Solutions Group CEO, Graham Russell, says that ELGi’s skid-mounted 475 to 1500 cfm range of compressors are ideal for mounting on drill rigs or utility trucks and are well suited for water well drilling and borehole drilling applications. “ELGi is one of the few companies in the world to offer the full line of single stage (up to 250 psi) and two stage (above 250 psi) compressors in this range and these machines are widely used by drill rig OEMs globally. The range features a centralised control panel for ease of use while large access doors facilitate maintenance.”

Russell says the on-board compressor solution provides a multitude of cost saving benefits. “The need for a standard 60m airline link between rig and compressor is eliminated and direct flow means that a much smaller compressor can get the job done. As a tow vehicle is no longer required, the complete system subsequently only has two engines, the excavator and the compressor, with reduced fuel consumption, maintenance and repairs as a result.”

The drill and blast drill rig is also fitted with two separate independent fire-suppression systems from Integrated Air Solutions’ sister company, FOGMAKER South Africa. This triple action system makes use of water to attack heat, oxygen and fuel. Suitable for any engine compartment, the system uses high-pressure water mist (50-micron droplets) to effectively suppress a fire and cool down the compartment to prevent re-ignition.

Credit: http://www.air-solutions.co.za/

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