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Providing Information to Manage Your Drilling & Blasting

Thunderbird has been supplying drilling instrumentation to the mining industry for over 25 years.  These systems are being utilized on blasthole drills in all types of open pit mines across the world, including the harshest conditions of tundra & desert.   Our products have proven to have high paybacks & provide critical information to the drill operator, the blasting crew & mine management.

 Benefits of the Thunderbird systems include: 

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More Accurate Hole Depths - eliminate over or under drilling

bullet Accurate Hole Locations without Surveying - improve blasting & fragmentation lowering overall mining costs
bullet Optimize ROP for the Drilling Conditions - increased footage or meters
bullet Identify Coal Seams or Hard/Soft Strata Zones - more accurate blasting & reduced explosive costs
bullet Track Delays - maximize drilling time
bullet Automate the Collection of Production & Drill Stem Data - eliminate the hand-written reports & provide more accurate data
bullet Training Tool - provide feedback to new operators

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Thunderbird’s DEI Plus uses display technology to provide an extremely rugged, sunlight-readable, crisp display. The DEI Plus design technology allows it to store data & conduct extensive on-board calculations. The system has built-in diagnostics & troubleshooting to provide ease of use & training.

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Drill Screen - Provides the operator with Depth, Rate of Penetration, Target Depth, Drill Time & Estimated Time to Complete the Hole.

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ROP Graph - ROP plot helps operator to optimize drilling, & identify the depth of hard or soft zones, or the location of coal seams.

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Pipe-in-Hole - This unique warning feature can prevent drill component damage caused by tramming while drill pipe is still in the hole.

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Current Shift & Production Statistics – The DEI Plus  accumulates shift & overall production information including:  Total Number of Holes, Total Depth, Total Drill Time, Average Hole Depth, Average ROP, & Average Hole Drilling Times

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Drill Leveling & Mast Angle - An optional dual axis inclinometer can be added to the DEI Plus. This will assist the operator in accurately leveling the drill & insuring the mast is at the specified angle for cast blasting.

 

OTHER DEI PLUS FEATURES/SCREENS INCLUDE:

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Target depth settings

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ROP & depth settings

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Built-in calibration instruction

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Diagnostics & troubleshooting

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Help screens

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Spare parts lists

 

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The DEI-X is the latest addition to Thunderbird’s family of drill monitors for rotary blasthole drills.  It is truly a revolutionary product with features & capability unmatched in the industry.  These include Wi-Fi connections to the mine office, displaying drill pattern maps to the operator, strata-logging, cameras, & logging hole position with LPGPS. For those mines or quarries without Wi-Fi, the data can be transferred with a USB key. The DEI-X platform can also be readily upgraded to a Drill Navigation system for those mines that may require a navigation system at some point in the future.

 

FEATURES OF THE OPERATOR DISPLAY:

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Sunlight readable, VGA, touch display

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Enhanced graphical interface

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Drilling parameters & times

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Sensor & Health monitoring

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Overdrilling & Pipe-in-the-Hole warnings

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View single or multiple drill patterns

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2 Way text messaging

 

ON-BOARD SYSTEM:

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Intel Atom with 1 GB Ram Processor & 16GB Compact Flash Memory

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Water & dust proof (IP65/NEMA 4)

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Upgradeable from older Thunderbird DEI Plus or Logger systems

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Built-in shutdown circuitry to insure no data is lost

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Outputs for audible or visual alarms

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Optional upgrades include: Stratalogger, cameras, GPS receivers

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Integration with Fleet Management Systems

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Remote internet access for support & system upgrades

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Available for all makes & models of rotary blasthole drills

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DATA LOGGING:

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Operator & Sampler ID numbers

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Depth drilled, hole numbers, pattern number

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Report pre-shift inspections

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Drilling, tramming, delay codes & downtime

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Drill bits & drill stem components

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Tracks over or under drilling

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Operator comments on the holes

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Optional sensor values & drilling index or specific energy of drilling using Stratalogger

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Optional drill & hole locations using LPGPS

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Down hole Stratalogger plots

 

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Thunderbird’s DEI+NAV HPGPS Guidance system is setting a new standard for blasthole drill instrumentation. The DEI+NAV has been designed from the ground up by a team that pioneered the development of the first drill monitoring & GPS navigation systems.  This experience has allowed the team to design a lower cost system with many unique features not available in competitive systems which will provide its mining customers with a higher rate of return on their investment.

 

FEATURES:

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Drill monitoring & logging

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Easily upgraded to Navigation from the DEI-X system

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Handles angle drilling applications

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Supports remote tramming of drill with second display

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Drill-to-Drill communications—know status of all the holes

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Show bench terrain & contours

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Surface features including operator warnings for “no entry” or danger zones

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Backbone for remote & autonomous drilling

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Unparalleled internet support

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Localization program allows for easy translation of display to multiple languages

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Access to the drill status & database by foremen or supervisors in the field

 

BENEFITS:

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Reduce surveying costs

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Faster tramming between holes—no looking for stakes or markers during low visibility

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Calculates a target depth based on the elevation of the new bench—this allows all holes to be drilled to the proper elevation regardless of the elevation of the drill

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Records precise location of each hole

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Decrease over or under drilling

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Records all delays—account for every minute of 24 hour period

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Track all drill stem consumables

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Pre-shift inspections sent to office

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More accurate blasting—reduce loss of coal, better fragmentation, & lower blasting costs

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Interface with Fleet Management Systems

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Improve Drilling & Blasting Efficiency

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