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Terra Sonic Mobile Drilling Rig

Terra Sonic International

Heavy / Off-Road Equipment | Mining, Petroleum and Gas | Power & Motion Technology | By Samantha Lotz | Dec 06, 2013


Engineers at Terra Sonic International strive to produce clean, low-impact sonic drills for a variety of environmental, mineral, and geothermal sampling applications. Sampled materials can be used for geological analysis of minerals, hazardous waste and structure stability for buildings. In particular, the mobile vertical drilling rig required the installation of easy, onboard adjustment capabilities for crawling movements, engine start and stop, and revolutions per minute (RPM) increase and decrease.

 

High frequency waves are transmitted through a drill casing and rods that causes a thin layer of the surrounding soil to fluidize. In addition to vertical sonic vibration, drill heads can rotate simultaneously and cut through materials such as concrete or asphalt. The vibrations, combined with the rotating drill head, allow for a simple sampling process and more complete breakup of porous materials.

 

Vertical mobile drilling rigs are mounted and move on a set of tracks called trawlers. The new wireless controlled hydraulic system was installed for superior functionality and smoother maneuverability as the rig travels to various sampling sites. Flexible wireless controls easily adapted to the crawling function and valve adjustment capabilities, allowing for a more streamlined operating process.

 

S.G. Morris created a system solution that offers an integrated package of Magnetek’s wireless controls and hydraulics, allowing for smoother and more flexible operations. Enhancing equipment performance and simplifying adjustment capabilities were the goals of the new system install on the mobile drilling equipment.

 

Magnetek’s MHR radio controller combines the components of a radio receiver and hydraulic controller into a single unit. When implemented with the MLTXbellybox transmitter, it provides a total radio control system for operating the drilling rig. The radio system also manages the RPMs of the rotating drill head and the engine on and off functions.

 

S.G. Morris integrated the hydraulic products and electrical systems for the drilling rig, incorporating Magnetek’s industry-leading wireless controls within the existing structures. By implementing this complete system solution, Terra Sonic recieved enhanced overall performance and decreased setup times and training, thereby allowing more time for practical use of the rig, and improved durability of their machinery.

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