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February 25th, 2013

Evansville , Ind. – FLANDERS, a privately owned and operated partner to heavy industry, has again revolutionized the surface mining industry by completing the development and deployment of ARDVARC® 4.0, the world’s first fully automated multi-pass drill rig that also incorporates the world’s first autonomous angle drill implementation.

FLANDERS original, innovative ARDVARC systems—ARDVARC® Intelli-Rig Complete Data System, ARDVARC® One-Touch Drill System, and ARDVARC® Auto Propel Complete Autonomous Operation—deliver significant improvements in productivity, safety, fragmentation predictability, and machine life cycle management.

Building on the success of ARDVARC®, ARDVARC® 4.0 now serves as the basis for all ARDVARC systems, and features:

  • Multi-pass and semi-pass automation
  • Unprecedented drill hole and hole angle accuracy (.5 meters on X and Y axes, +/- 1 degree on hole angle)
  • Automatic drill string adding and racking
  • New Human/Machine Interface (HMI)
  • New data collection
  • New, more modular hardware

This advanced technology resulted from FLANDERS’ commitment to listen to and serve customers with solutions that meet their needs, including improving safety and increasing productivity. “ARDVARC is a state of the art automation technology. We have removed operators from harm’s way, have improved fragmentation consistency and increased drilling efficiency because that’s what matters to our customers. It’s been a remarkable journey for FLANDERS bringing this solution to market, and in conquering this challenge, we raised the bar for optimizing assets and serving customers with tomorrow’s machine systems solutions,” said Curtis Stacy, Director of Product Support at FLANDERS.

ARDVARC® 4.0 Advantages

ARDVARC 4.0 allows the machine to automatically handle its own drill string, taking only 2.1 minutes to add a rod and 3.3 minutes to rack. The machine can also align itself to within +/-1 degree of the design heading of the hole and automatically set the proper mast angle, thereby reducing operator error and providing unprecedented drill hole position, depth and angle accuracy.

These enhancements will improve coal operations ability to cast blast overburden shots without interrupting the integrity of the coal seams thereby reducing the need for production dozing and improving dragline/shovel productivity. In addition, all mining segments will benefit from the modular hardware design by reducing the time to install the equipment and by improving line of sight issues commonly associated with the previous hardware kits.

ARDVARC® 4.0 Benefits

  • Productivity gains at all operator experience levels, especially the less skilled
  • More real-time capabilities give operator live dashboards of utilization and performance data and statistics
  • Reduced machine wear and tear
  • Extended drill string component life
  • Reduced cost for on-site personnel
  • Complete operator safety in collapse-prone drilling situations
  • Improved shovel/dragline productivity and availability
  • New, FLANDERS designed system hardware

FLANDERS is the world leader in automated blast hole technology and has currently deployed more autonomous and semi-autonomous drilling equipment than any other technology company in the world.

For more information about the features, benefits and advantages of FLANDERS’ revolutionary ARDVARC® 4.0, contact sales@flandersinc.com or visit flandersinc.com.


A family-owned company for three generations, FLANDERS was founded in 1947 as a two-man electric motor repair shop known as Flanders Electric. The company built its reputation on repair and field service expertise and on uncompromising customer service. Over the decades, FLANDERS’ commitment to serving customers’ un-met needs has resulted in engineering breakthroughs and sophisticated manufacturing facilities that enable the FLANDERS team to transform the motors, systems, products and services needed to optimize mine assets. Today, FLANDERS maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, South America, Africa and Australia with more than 850 employees and almost one million square feet of shop, office and inventory space. FLANDERS states that its achievements in the past – and those envisioned for the future – have been and will be accomplished through consistently following the company’s core values and principles.