Product of the Week: Automated system adapts breaker’s behavior

Therese Dunphy

March 8, 2018

Epiroc Aggregate Equipment
Epiroc will include the patented Intelligent Protection System on many of its rig-mounted heavy hydraulic breakers.

Epiroc is outfitting many of its rig-mounted heavy hydraulic breakers with the patented Intelligent Protection System (IPS), which combines with its AutoControl and StartSelect functions for a fully automated system. AutoControl optimizes breaker performance by automatically adjusting the piston stroke length. StartSelect offers manual switching between two modes: AutoStart (which enables easy positioning at the beginning of the breaking cycle) and AutoStop (which automatically stops the breaker to avoid blank firing at the end of a breaking cycle). These functions are combined in the IPS, which ensures the hydraulic breaker always starts in the AutoStart mode. When the contact pressure between chisel and material increases and AutoControl switches from a short piston stroke to a long piston stroke, IPS switches automatically to the AutoStop mode. When the chisel breaks through the material, the breaker automatically shuts off.

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