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DRILLING BLASTING Atlas Copco Launches Explorac 235 Reverse Circulation Drilling Rig BLASTING IN SPANISH The International Society of Explosives Engineers Blasters' Library now offers the Blasters' Handbook 17th Edition in Spanish for 50 percent off the original price. For only $34, you can get the Spanish counterpart of the Blasters' Handbook 17th Edition, designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the blasting process. Order yours at www.isee.org/blast erslibrary or by phone at 440-3494400. Atlas Copco's new Explorac 235 is designed specifically for reverse circulation drilling and other down‐the‐hole drilling (DTH) applica‐ tions. It is suitable for exploration drilling down to more than 400 m, and is available for assembly on a truck or crawler chassis. Reverse circulation is gaining ground as a pre‐ ferred technology to collect quality samples in initial exploration, ore body development and in‐pit grade control due to its cost efficiency and fast collection of dry, quality samples. "The launch of Explorac 235 is a firm re‐ sponse to increasing demand for personal safety and environmental care. It offers the ef‐ ficiency and performance required by con‐ tractors, such as fast setup and drilling speeds, easy maintenance, reduced noise lev‐ els and minimum oil spillage, and enables the collection of high‐quality samples requested by geologists," said Martin Sommers, vice president marketing – Capital Equipment at Atlas Copco Geotechnical Drilling and Explo‐ ration division. "This launch is the first of sev‐ eral initiatives that will strengthen our position in the reverse circulation segment." environmental friendliness. Atlas Copco can provide a complete solution for reverse circu‐ lation drilling, including drilling rig, compres‐ sor, booster and drill string. The Explorac 235 is based on well‐proven technology. It is an upgraded version of the Explorac 220RC rig, Atlas Copco's first rig de‐ signed specifically for reverse circulation. The Explorac 235 comes with several improve‐ ments compared to the Explorac 220RC, in‐ cluding: ■ A new rod handler developed by Atlas Copco. ■ 35 bar air pressure compared to the previous 30 bars. ■ A new and improved rig control system, RCS4. Atlas Copco, www.atlascopco.us Customers are offered improved efficiency, personal safety, reliability, ease of service and RAM Seminar Features Night Blast at Crazy Horse Memorial RAM Inc. announced the dates for its an‐ nual fall Blasting and Explosives Safety Training (BEST) Seminar. The two‐and‐ a‐half day continuous education training session will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, S.D., Sep‐ tember 4‐6, 2013. The final day of the seminar will be capped by a special night blast at the Crazy Horse Memorial on September 6 for all attendees. RAM Inc.'s enhanced BEST Seminar is designed specifically for those industry professionals who work with explosives – explosives engineers, drillers, field crews, safety personnel and D&B engi‐ 22 ROCKproducts • JUNE 2013 neers – and it helps attendees comply with state and federal regulations. Upon completion, each BEST Course attendee will receive a course certificate and a manual with valuable information that can be used in the field. All attendees will receive 20 Continuing Education (20 CE) hours. For 40 years, BEST seminars have ad‐ vanced safe operating practices for more than a thousand attendees worldwide who work with explosives. Taught by in‐ structors with decades of experience in their respective fields, the BEST course educates attendees on explosives safety and application, hazard recognition, acci‐ dent prevention, and regulatory and new product updates. Advanced course registration discount is available through July 31, 2013; see www.ramets.com for full course and reg‐ istration fee details. www.rockproducts.com

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