Better known for its geotechnical instrumentation, IPC has just launched its first drilling rig, the 830B. The prototype, which took pride of place on the manufacturer and supplier's stand, has been specially designed for restricted access work, including mini piling and ground anchoring.
IPC's Gianluca Baraghini says by closing down the extendible crawler tracks, the rig is just 750mm wide, allowing it to fit through narrow gaps, making it suitable for indoor refurbishment work. The small but powerful hydraulic machine has a highly manoeuvrable mast (270degrees in the horizontal plane and 180degrees in the vertical plane), which allows several boreholes to be formed at a wide variety of angles without the need to move the rig itself.
The control panel can also be removed, allowing the operator maximum visibility whatever the position of the mast.