NEW CORE ORIENTATION SYSTEM
BOART Longyear, a provider of integrated drilling services, equipment and performance tooling, has introduced TruCore, a first-in-industry integrated core orientation system that it says enables drillers to increase productivity and decrease spend on consumables.
"Boart Longyear has a living legacy of delivering innovation in drilling technology. While essential for mapping exploration and mine site development, core orientation is a part of the drilling process that has only experienced incremental product improvements through small changes to the process and equipment, until now," says Boart Longyear global product manager Chris Lambert.
"The innovation behind TruCore improves productivity and reduces the number of parts drill crews need to maintain a core orientation system which in turn reduces cost."
Core orientation is essential to the mining and resources sector as it marks and determines the precise orientation and position of core while in the ground. This information helps determine faults, cleavages, joints, mineral lineation and other geophysical properties which lead to better mapping for exploration and mine site development.
Chris Lambert says compared to other systems, additional extensions are not needed when the integrated TruCore housing is combined with Boart Longyear's outer tubes, reducing the number of joints and high wear on outer tube extension barrels. TruCore's unique core marking technology allows one tool to always be in the hole.
"The ability to send a second TruCore tool down immediately after the first tool is retrieved combined with wireless communication means that core readings can be taken without having to break a joint in the inner tube. This leads to a faster drill site operation," he adds.
The design uses optical communication to send measurements to a hand-held control device allowing the drill string to stay assembled. The pocket-sized controller simultaneously controls the two core orientation instruments increasing productivity by validating measurements while minimizing errors. Highly visible flashing LEDs direct alignment which reduces the total measurement time.
TruCore is offered in sizes BQ through to PQ.
TruCore is the first product in Boart Longyear's first-ever line of instrumentation solutions. TruShot and TruProbe will be available in late 2014 and 2015 respectively, and are designed to bring more technology into the hands of the drill crew so they can deliver more information and value to the end client.
The Tru product range is designed and made in Australia. TruCore was officially launched at the Australian Drilling Industry Association's DRILL 2014 conference on August 19-22. TruCore will be available in Australia only during 2014 but in 2015 it will be rolled out to other geographic regions.
Approaching its 125th anniversary in 2015, Boart Longyear is a leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling.
The Global Drilling Services division operates in more than 40 countries for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, and aftermarket parts and services to customers in more than 100 countries.
Boart Longyear is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney, Australia.