Epiroc, a supplier for the mining and infrastructure industries, introduced the fifth generation of Rig Control System (RCS 5) as the next evolutionary step toward fully autonomous mining.

“We’re excited to continue our automation journey, pushing the limits in sustainable productivity. Launching the RCS 5 platform will allow our customers and partners to further advance their operations, saving valuable time and dollars while increasing predictability and safety with either on board or autonomous operations,” says Tyler Berens, product line manager, automation for Epiroc.

RCS 5 features Machine-to-Machine Communication, sharing real time drill plan updates between drills, Auto Tower Angle and Integrated Camera View advanced awareness, as well as a new and improved main menu, creating a user-friendly experience whether onboard the drill or from a remote location, all for increased productivity.

Additionally, RCS 5’s new function Drill Plan Generator (DPG) allows for creating and editing drill plans, and its new Drilling Data Screen features real time depth and penetration rate feedback with histogram for easy in-hole monitoring.

Epiroc serves customers in the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries in more than 150 countries. It develops and produces drill rigs, rock excavation and construction equipment, and also offers services and consumables. For more information, visit www.epiroc.com.