May 2018 Vol 73 No. 5

New Products

Epiroc introduces another first in hydraulic breaker technology

Epiroc introduced another first in hydraulic breaker technology. Many of the company’s heavy hydraulic breaker attachments now feature the patented Intelligent Protection System (IPS).  All other heavy hydraulic breakers in the Epiroc range will incorporate it during 2018.

Seamlessly combining Epiroc’s AutoControl and StartSelect functions, IPS provides simpler, more efficient, and more economical breaker operation.

For example, IPS ensures that the hydraulic breaker always starts in the AutoStart mode. When the contact pressure between chisel and material increases and AutoControl switches from a short piston stroke to a long piston stroke, IPS automatically switches to the AutoStop mode. When the chisel breaks through the material, the breaker automatically shuts off and prevents blank firing.
IPS also automatically adapts the breaker’s operating behavior to any working condition. This increases uptime because the fully automated functionality requires no operator intervention or reaction – and no work interruption.

The system permits more accurate and significantly faster positioning of the breaker, thanks to the centering effect, and avoids blank firing that often results in tool damage. It also eliminates mechanical strain on the carrier and extends the life of all wear components. The physical load on the operator is minimized, as well.

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