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FLANDERS’ Eric Gerst Receives Award at ISEE 2017

March 31st, 2017

FLANDERS’ Global Business Development Specialist, Eric Gerst presented ‘Optimized Drilling Through Automation’ at the 2017 ISEE convention, taking home the award of ‘Paper of the Year.’ Our topic on advancements made in drill automation was very well-received by this year’s audience and welcomed with an eagerness to learn more.

ISEE’s 2017 ‘Paper of the Year’ Award recipient for ‘Optimized Drilling Through Automation.’


FLANDERS to Present at ISEE’s Upcoming 43rd Annual Conference

January 13th, 2017

As experts in mine machine control systems and drill automation technology, FLANDERS is looking forward to sharing our case study regarding the benefits from drill automation at the upcoming International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE)’s  43rd Annual Conference. Presenter Eric Gerst will be covering Optimized Drilling Through Automation on Monday, January 30th at 9am EST.

As a sneak preview of the presentation, the following is an excerpt from the white paper presentation topic:

“Soft commodity and coal prices have the mining industry focusing intensely on optimizing all levels of production to reduce operating costs. Part of this trend includes the automation of mining machines.  As the first tier of the mining process, blast hole drill automation offers benefits through the entire value stream from drill bench to material processing. 

The primary function of drill automation is to control the drilling process and reduce the variabilities introduced by manual operation. Variabilities in drill accuracy, operator proficiency, fuel efficiency, and blast hole quality can affect productivity, fragmentation, and mechanical wear on the drill and ground engaging tools.  By automating these parts of the drilling process mining operations can improve overall productivity, reduce drill downtime, lower operating cost, and improve blasting results.”

 Presenter Eric Gerst, FLANDERS’ Global Business Development Specialist in Automation, is based out of our corporate office in Evansville, IN. Gerst has spent most of his career in the drilling and blasting sector working sixteen years as Senior Technical Representative for The Ensign-Bickford Company and six years at Dyno Nobel after their acquisition of EBCo. in 2004. His work in the explosives industry included sales and technical support for customers in small diameter construction and utility blasting, underground hard rock, open pit metal, surface crushed stone, and surface coal. He was actively involved in the introduction of electronic detonator technology both at EBCo. and Dyno Nobel. Gerst holds US and Canadian patents for a linear explosive product used in de-slagging coal fired power plant boilers.

ISEE’s 43rd Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique will take place in Orlando, FL at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center January 29 – February 1.

FLANDERS will be exhibiting, showcasing FREEDOM for Drills, ARDVARC technology demonstrations in booth # 510.

FLANDERS to Debut New Innovative Mining Solutions at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016

September 8th, 2016

FLANDERS announced several newly developed products, including expanding the FREEDOM platform and the introduction of a new software platform, INVISION. FLANDERS, a privately-owned and operated partner to the mining industry, continues to draw upon nearly 70 years of experience in serving, and most recently, automating mining operations.

FLANDERS’ Chief Operating Officer, Allen Patterson shared, “These solutions are considered to be some of the most innovative breakthroughs yet.”


FREEDOM is a flexible open-architecture platform that brings new life to existing equipment by replacing proprietary original equipment manufacturer (OEM) control components. This upgrade enables the use of commercially available off-the-shelf products, improves machine monitoring and expedites troubleshooting through a common and intuitive graphical interface. The FREEDOM platform has been developed for draglines, drills, haul trucks, shovels and underground coal transporters, resulting in higher production and lower maintenance.

“By listening intently to our customers, this established platform allows FLANDERS to continually develop and deliver innovative solutions addressing their ever-evolving needs.” Patterson noted.

  • FREEDOM for Draglines, whether it’s an AC or DC machine, the FREEDOM control system enables the installation of third-party motors, including FLANDERS’ high-performance motors and generators, resulting in quicker cycle times and increased availability. Maintenance and machine downtime is decreased by using easy-to-replace common power modules and detailed diagnostics.
  • FREEDOM for Drills, ARDVARC, is a superior drill control system that offers various levels of autonomy. In its most basic form, FREEDOM for Drills delivers superior data on blast hole positioning, drilling conditions and machine operation, resulting in improved fragmentation. At its most advanced level, it is a fully autonomous drilling solution, providing productivity gains up to 30%.
  • FREEDOM for Haul Trucks extends the life of an existing haul truck by completely eliminating DC motors and replacing with new AC motors and controls. These improvements provide reduced maintenance and up to 30% higher max speeds, resulting in increased production.
  • FREEDOM for Shovels lowers cost per ton by utilizing FLANDERS’ robust motors and smart systems to deliver increased productivity up to 24%. FLANDERS’ long lasting motors decrease machine downtime and unplanned maintenance, improving reliability.
  • FREEDOM for Underground Coal Transporters offers increased motor reliability by utilizing FLANDERS built high-performance drives and motors, including more robust encoders increasing performance and life. Additionally, FLANDERS’ software configurable non-contact conveyor and foot switches eliminate the need for mechanical adjustments.



The unexpected failure of a machine can create disruption, further damage to a machine and loss of production. FLANDERS’ INVISION is an inspection based predictive and preventative maintenance solution. INVISION provides intuitive insight into a machine’s health by using complex algorithms to define the remaining life of components, limit downtime, control costs and minimize safety and environmental risks, while achieving maximum productivity. By utilizing the INVISION software platform, analyzed data becomes actionable data, and is visible to all levels of an organization as displayed through a color-coded visual health presentation. Same day results allow maintenance personnel to quickly prioritize and schedule maintenance activities.



Test drive the best mining control systems the industry has to offer at FLANDERS’ MINExpo booth # 25215 in the South Hall, and learn more about how FLANDERS’ innovations can help transform your mining operations, decrease your total cost of ownership and improve your return on investment.