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Sandvik has updated its operator training simulator Digital Driller to safely train underground drill operators and maintenance teams.

The upgraded Digital Driller family now includes DS422i to provide advanced simulator trainig to improve operator and drilling performance, to deliver benefits for underground operations.

This new version of Digital Driller features the latest developments in underground drilling simulation, providing a low weight, safe and portable training tool.

Updates to Digital Driller include improved mining and tunnelling underground hard rock performance, purpose designed to simulate a real drill rig and using the same control system software as found on Sandvik drills, including the iSURE tunnel and drill management tool.

The Digital Driller provides comprehensive technical training for developing or refreshing operator skills and allowing operators to develop their skills progressively. With three levels of training available –Drillmaster, Professional and Beginner –it enables training for novices through to conducting the entire drilling cycle.

This allows for a shorter transition to operators using the real equipment and no risk of equipment damage, zero consumption of rock tools and fuel, zero emissions and no exposure to risk for trainees and reduces training costs by up to 35 per cent.

With its small and compact size, weighing  just 20 kilograms, Digital Driller can be transported easily by a single person to wherever on the site is needed, thanks to its convenient wheeled carrying case.

Also featuring a short set up time, operator training can begin before a rig has been delivered to site. It significantly reduces the drill start up period, ensuring rig operators are familiar with the features and capabilities of Sandvik rigs from day one.