The RCS includes features such as machine-to-machine communication, real-time drill plan sharing between rigs, an auto tower angle and integrated camera view; now in its fifth iteration, the system moves closer to enabling fully autonomous mining.
The RCS 5 offers an improved main menu, which allows the operator to focus on the task at hand and switch seamlessly between screens in a dynamic environment, the OEM said.
With the new Drill Plan Generator (DPG) function, the system also allows for the creation and editing of drill plans on board the rig or from a remote location.
The new drilling data screen, in turn, features real-time depth and penetration rate feedback, with histograms for easy in-hole monitoring.
"We're excited to continue our automation journey, pushing the limits in sustainable productivity," said Tyler Berens, product line manager for automation at Epiroc Drilling Solutions.
"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.
"Autonomous operations began with RCS 4, wait until you see where we take it with RCS 5."