CanDrill History

The Novatek CanDrill and CanStoper were developed with the Canadian mining industry to provide the benefits of faster drilling, increased productivity and improved health and safety which are possible from the use of hydro-powered mining.

Novatek water rockdrills are simple, robust, reliable and cost-effective. They are suitable for operation as jackleg drills, for roof bolting and for rig-mounted operation. The drills operate at high drilling rates and ability in fractured rock is excellent due to independent percussion and rotation mechanisms. Low mass, excellent handling and ergonomic design increase operator productivity and safety; low noise levels 105dB(A) and low vibration levels greatly reduce the risk of occupational related illness.

Micro-hydro powered mining is the application of water-powered mining equipment on a small-scale. Typical applications include shrinkage stoping, high-speed development, mining of pillars and remnant areas, new working areas or areas with poor air pressures. Localized water pumps are coupled to water drills to form production units of 1 to 4 working drills. The pumps are supplied with mine service water; approximately 65% of the drill exhaust water can be recirculated to the pumps. Water jet cleaning guns, rock loaders and other hydro-powered equipment can be powered by the same pumps.

Novatek has pioneered innovative mining technologies since 1979; water drills have been used in leading South .African mines since 1991.

The Novatek CanDrill was specially developed for Canadian mining in collaboration with Soredem, Canmet and Hydro-Quebec.  Parts HeadQuarters Inc will manufacture and market the drills throughout North America.

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