THUNDERBIRD DRILL OPTIMIZATION

Thunderbird is your first choice when blasthole drilling and navigation accuracy is critical.

Thunderbird Drill Optimization

CR Digital is proud to offer customers the Thunderbird Drill Optimization product range. With more than 30 years in the drill and blast industry, CR Digital’s Thunderbird product range offers robust hardware and high-tech software solutions that enable crews to make better informed decisions in the field and improve productivity and safety across their operations.

The Thunderbird optimization and monitoring systems can be utilized across mining, quarrying, blasting, exploration, and other applications, as well as other industries where blasthole drilling and navigation accuracy is critical.

The Thunderbird DEI+ Drill Efficiency Indicator and the Thunderbird 1110 Drill Optimization product ranges can be installed on new equipment, or retrofitted to existing equipment, and enable you to:

  • Optimize blasthole drilling and blasting resources
  • Improve safety
  • Improve blasting efficiency and productivity
  • Improve fragmentation
  • Better understand your ore mix and geological base
  • Reduce overall drilling costs
  • Access fast, accurate, real-time data in the field or in the office.

CR Digital’s Thunderbird product range can be found on sites worldwide including Africa, Australia, India, Indonesia, Europe, North and South America.

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THUNDERBIRD DEI+ DRILL EFFICIENCY INDICATOR

Thunderbird DEI+ drill efficiency indicator has proven itself in the field to be an extremely reliable and important tool for the driller, providing critical information to help improve drill productivity.

Thunderbird DEI+ stores data sets and conducts extensive on-board calculations.

Built-in diagnostics, troubleshooting, help screens, and calibration instructions are combined with a user-friendly high-definition touch screen interface for easy use and training by operators and basting crews.

Upgrading is easy! Customers with older DEI models can upgrade to the new Thunderbird DEI+. Customers of the DEI+ systems can easily upgrade to the Thunderbird 1110 Drill Optimization system.

  • Minimize or eliminate over or under drilling

  • Real-time feedback directly to the operator

  • Adapt operator behaviour to reduce drilling variances

  • Access high-resolution, analyzed, geological and performance data

  • Easy to use, fast installation, models to suit variety of drills

  • Drill Levelling and Mast Angle – Optional dual axis inclinometer to accurately level the drill and insure the mast is at the specified angle for cast blasting.
  • Hardware – Extremely rugged, sunlight-readable, crisp display
  • Drill Screen – Displays depth, rate of penetration, target depth settings, drill time, estimated time to complete the hole.
  • Rate of Penetration (ROP) Graph – Displays ROP versus depth to identify hard and soft zones.
  • Previous Hole Data – Comparison data available for the three holes previously drilled.
  • Current shift – Total number of holes, total depth, total drill time, average depth, average ROP, and average hole drill times. Information can be copied onto Driller’s Sheet.
  • Previous shift – Previous shifts data as performance reference.
  • Production – Accumulate data until reset including total number of holes, total depth, average depth, average ROP, and average hole drill time. Collect for a week, month or a specific pattern for a bit or drill productivity study.
  • Depth alarms to prevent over drilling and strain on assets
  • Pipe-in-hole display – Unique operator warning display to help prevent drill component damage caused by tramming while the drill pipe is still in the ground. Optional audible warning or a relay connection available that can lock-out the lowering or moving of the drill.
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Thunderbird 1110 Drill Optimization

The Thunderbird 1110 Drill Optimization sets a new industry standard for blasthole drill guidance and monitoring.

Thunderbird 1110 is available with StrataSense, real-time capture and display of the Drilling Index, enabling modfied blasthole explosives loading for better fragmentation and reduced costs.

Thunderbird 1110 has been developed from a ground up design process by the team that pioneered the development of the first drill monitoring and GPS navigation systems. This experience has allowed the team to design a leading system with many world-first unique features that provide its operators with a higher rate of return on their investment.

With Thunderbird 1110 you’re equipped for more accurate blasting—reducing loss of ore, improved fragmentation, and lower blasting costs.

  • Reduce surveying costs

  • Track all drill stem consumables

  • Decrease over or under drilling

  • Faster tramming between holes

  • Calculate target depth based on the elevation of the new bench

  • Advanced drill monitoring and logging
  • Angle drilling applications
  • Unique operator safety warnings for “no entry” or danger zones
  • Augmented GPS option provides for more drilling time
  • Easy translation of display to multiple languages
  • Enhanced add-ons: PDA, Health Monitoring, Strata Recognition, Remote Tramming, Cameras
  • Unparalleled internet support
  • Backbone for remote and autonomous drilling
  • Displays bench terrain and contours
  • Record all delays – account for every minute of 24 hour period
  • Record precise hole locations
  • Pre-shift inspections sent to office
  • Interface with Fleet Management Systems
  • Interface to Datavis drill and blast software
  • Access to the drill status and database by foremen or supervisors in the field
  • Drill-to-drill communications – know the status of all the holes
  • Supports remote tramming of drill with second display
  • Depth alarms to prevent over drilling and strain on assets
  • Pipe-in-hole display – Unique operator warning display to help prevent drill component damage caused by tramming while the drill pipe is still in the ground. Optional audible warning or a relay connection available that can lock-out the lowering or moving of the drill

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