Raise Boring Machines With Solid-State DC Drives

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 792, 1978

Lyle F. Smith, Senior Staff Engineer, Electrical Systems, Ingersoll-Rand Company, Rock Drill Division, Seattle, Washington

With the demand for larger diameter raises under all ground conditions and the increasing price of drill rods and operating costs, it was evident that there was a need for a raise borer with a variable-speed drive and fast-response torque limiting control. The raise boring machine described in this paper was developed after several years of market research and discussions with mine operators and construction contractors. This paper discusses the Ingersoll-Rand raise borers with the solid-state controlled DC motor drives. These machines have gained wide acceptance in the five-year period since being placed in operation and are designed to accommodate the range of raise diameters and lengths most required today.
Keywords: Equipment, Mining equipment, Raise boring, Solid-state drives, Motor drives, Motor control, Safety, Maintenance.