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New mining control system for drill rigs receives design award

Mississauga, ON – Atlas Copco was included among the winners of the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) 2013 competition. The new Atlas Copco Rig Control System, RCS 5, and its interface design earned a bronze award in the...


Mississauga, ON – Atlas Copco was included among the winners of the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) 2013 competition. The new Atlas Copco Rig Control System, RCS 5, and its interface design earned a bronze award in the digital design category.

Atlas Copco is the first company in the mining industry to receive a design award for a control system. Issued by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the IDEA competition was established in 1980 and ranks among the most preeminent international design competitions.

RCS 5 is a hardware and software interface solution designed for drill rigs. As the primary connection between the rig and the operator, the RCS 5 assists in monitoring and controlling the rig and enables hands-on or remote control operation. The system also logs events, error or status information for future analysis.

The interface is designed to accommodate different scenarios such as ambidextrousness or colour blindness of the operator and variable light conditions. It fulfills all industry and usability standards, and by incorporating self-explanatory symbols the RCS 5 can be used globally.

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Operators navigate using a 15-in. touch screen display and drilling is controlled by two multifunctional joysticks. Primary functions for drilling are grouped together on the top of the controller. The joysticks allow the operator to focus on drilling instead of searching for functions on the keyboard or display.

RCS 5 is currently available on Atlas Copco’s E-series of large development drill rigs.