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Complete your projects on time with high-quality drill rods and casings

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Premier Drilling Equipment is a well-established core & diamond drilling product supplier to the mining and exploration industry in Africa. We pride ourselves on the fact that we only source the best quality drilling products from the world’s leading suppliers.

This helps our happy customers minimise the amount of downtime on their projects as a result of faulty or low-quality drilling equipment.

Our range of Core Drilling Products include:

– Drill Rods & Casing
– Core Barrels
– Diamond Drilling
– Grease & Polymers
– Instruments
– Versadrill Diamond Drilling Products

Distributor of Pilot Diamond Tools

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We are proud to announce that MBI Drilling Products is the exclusive distributor of Pilot Diamond Tools products for the Quebec province! To highlight this partnership, we are offering you a promotional price on all Pilot Diamond Tools reaming shells!  Have a look at the products here.

 
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The quality of Pilot diamond tools is recognized worldwide. The products are sturdy, made with quality diamonds and have a long life expectancy. What an honor to be the exclusive distributor of these products for the Quebec province! 


Reduce fatigue and strain with our logging tables

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Handling of core trays in the logging or sampling environment ranges from manual lifting and carrying to bending or squatting on the ground , or on stools,  to log. This is an obvious cause of fatigue, strain and decreased productivity.

Geo-Explore Store has developed a range of roller logging tables , in various standard or custom formats,  to ease and facilitate safe, comfortable and strain free logging and handling of core trays.

  • Tables can be flat or angled, single or double run and are adjustable for height to optimise comfort. 
  • We also offer scissor trolleys to manoeuvre and lift trays to the height of the tables to minimise the effort of lifting trays onto the tables.
  • Geo-Explore Store can also assist with laying out a flow plan for you if required.
  • Tables can be used at drill sites, core yards, sampling areas, archival storage areas etc.

 

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Denis Blewett

Cell: +27 (0) 82 744 7594

Tel: +27 (0) 11 392 5324

Fax:+27 (0) 086 580 7392

Email: denis@geoexplorestore.co.za

Innovating safety alongside productivity

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Drilling in any environment is potentially hazardous, however risk factors can be amplified in remote locations, and without strict Health, Safety and Environment laws and regulations. Due to budget or other restrictions, operators can often be slow in adopting new technologies and implementing higher than industry standard practices. 

IMDEX is committed to the continual improvement of drilling and mining operations. Our leading brands AMC and REFLEX provide a range of award winning technologies that optimise workflows. Although the primary function of our products is to improve productivity and reduce overall drilling time, our product development team are looking to continually minimise risk and optimise work flows to create positive flow-on effects to our clients’ operations. By breaking down the entire mining cycle, we have pinpointed the following areas for improvement. 

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Reducing the number of personnel (such as technicians) on site

Offering driller operable instrumentation such as the REFLEX EZ-GAMMA™, REFLEX EZ-GYRO™ and REFLEX GYRO SPRINT-IQ™ negate the need for contractors and technicians such as surveyors or service technicians to be on site. The AMC MUD AID™ is another example where drillers are guided to complete drilling fluid programs, without the need for a dedicated drilling fluid engineer on site. The unit live samples the drilling fluid system against project-specific mud programs and provides instant alerts for maintenance or treatment. 

Improving mechanical functionality and manual tasks during rod trips

Manual tasks take up the majority of unfortunate incidents around the drill rod pipe. The REFLEX EZ-LATCH™ was developed with safety front of mind ensuring easy release of the inner core tube from the outer core barrel without mechanical jamming. The REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ is a hands free way (via the magnetic clamps) to hold the tool on the end of the inner core tube, keeping hands and feet away from the impact zone during core removal from the lifter case. The REFLEX ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT™ is another successful product with safety front of mind. This technology includes a patented release system which minimises downtime from stuck innertubes. The REFLEX ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT™ allows for fast release without waiting for a dry release or having to cut the wireline. 

Software that provides transparency and simplifies on site processes

IMDEX has developed safety management tools in to its software to avoid and drive on-site safety. Apps such as IMDEX MOBILE™, digitize and simplify processes such as Daily Drill Reports, equipment prestart, shift reports and other safety forms for drillers, verifying information and giving real-time visibility to stakeholders. The application’s user friendly interface makes it easy for drillers to enter safety information, create reports and perform detailed pre-starts in a timely manner. IMDEX MOBILE™ provides an auditable paperless reporting system that aids the achievement of a safety culture on any site. 

Systems that reduce the impact of unexpected conditions

Drilling can be unpredictable, and sometimes you may not realise how bad the ground is until you drill. Using preventable systems such as the AMC BOS™ can relieve down-hole problems causing downtime, rod trips and additional rod handling – all increasing manual handling and risk to injury on site. AMC’s extensive range of drilling fluids can also provide benefit for issues such as high torque, fluid loss or lost circulation, borehole instability or hole cleaning in a variety of ground formations, which will also help to prevent safety issues. 

Strict quality control for mechanical parts 

Our solutions undergo strict design and testing processes that adhere to numerous industry accepted standards. IMDEX is unique by offering testing via Finite Element Analysis (FEA) engineering software to stress test all mechanical equipment to reduce malfunction. 

Further information 

As IMDEX leading brands, REFLEX and AMC are innovators in the space of downhole navigation, drilling optimisation, in-field geoanalysis, driller operable geophysics and structural geology. Our goal is to assist the speed of the overall drilling process by providing solutions that are fast and accurate to use. Our drilling fluids, equipment and software are recognised and highly regarded for ease-of-use, reliability and accuracy within the international drilling industry. 

For more information about IMDEX’s innovative range, please visit one of leading brand’s websites website reflexnow.com, amcmud.com or contact your nearest AMC or REFLEX representative. 


Innovating safety alongside productivity

Drill Safe

 
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Drilling in any environment is potentially hazardous, however risk factors can be amplified in remote locations, and without strict Health, Safety and Environment laws and regulations. Due to budget or other restrictions, operators can often be slow in adopting new technologies and implementing higher than industry standard practices. 

IMDEX is committed to the continual improvement of drilling and mining operations. Our leading brands AMC and REFLEX provide a range of award winning technologies that optimise workflows. Although the primary function of our products is to improve productivity and reduce overall drilling time, our product development team are looking to continually minimise risk and optimise work flows to create positive flow-on effects to our clients’ operations. By breaking down the entire mining cycle, we have pinpointed the following areas for improvement. 

LEINSTER TRIAL Scott Cloud Wide copy.jpg

Reducing the number of personnel (such as technicians) on site

Offering driller operable instrumentation such as the REFLEX EZ-GAMMA™, REFLEX EZ-GYRO™ and REFLEX GYRO SPRINT-IQ™ negate the need for contractors and technicians such as surveyors or service technicians to be on site. The AMC MUD AID™ is another example where drillers are guided to complete drilling fluid programs, without the need for a dedicated drilling fluid engineer on site. The unit live samples the drilling fluid system against project-specific mud programs and provides instant alerts for maintenance or treatment. 

Improving mechanical functionality and manual tasks during rod trips

Manual tasks take up the majority of unfortunate incidents around the drill rod pipe. The REFLEX EZ-LATCH™ was developed with safety front of mind ensuring easy release of the inner core tube from the outer core barrel without mechanical jamming. The REFLEX CORE REMOVAL TOOL™ is a hands free way (via the magnetic clamps) to hold the tool on the end of the inner core tube, keeping hands and feet away from the impact zone during core removal from the lifter case. The REFLEX ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT™ is another successful product with safety front of mind. This technology includes a patented release system which minimises downtime from stuck innertubes. The REFLEX ROTA-LOCK OVERSHOT™ allows for fast release without waiting for a dry release or having to cut the wireline. 

Software that provides transparency and simplifies on site processes

IMDEX has developed safety management tools in to its software to avoid and drive on-site safety. Apps such as IMDEX MOBILE™, digitize and simplify processes such as Daily Drill Reports, equipment prestart, shift reports and other safety forms for drillers, verifying information and giving real-time visibility to stakeholders. The application’s user friendly interface makes it easy for drillers to enter safety information, create reports and perform detailed pre-starts in a timely manner. IMDEX MOBILE™ provides an auditable paperless reporting system that aids the achievement of a safety culture on any site. 

Systems that reduce the impact of unexpected conditions

Drilling can be unpredictable, and sometimes you may not realise how bad the ground is until you drill. Using preventable systems such as the AMC BOS™ can relieve down-hole problems causing downtime, rod trips and additional rod handling – all increasing manual handling and risk to injury on site. AMC’s extensive range of drilling fluids can also provide benefit for issues such as high torque, fluid loss or lost circulation, borehole instability or hole cleaning in a variety of ground formations, which will also help to prevent safety issues. 

Strict quality control for mechanical parts 

Our solutions undergo strict design and testing processes that adhere to numerous industry accepted standards. IMDEX is unique by offering testing via Finite Element Analysis (FEA) engineering software to stress test all mechanical equipment to reduce malfunction. 

Further information 

As IMDEX leading brands, REFLEX and AMC are innovators in the space of downhole navigation, drilling optimisation, in-field geoanalysis, driller operable geophysics and structural geology. Our goal is to assist the speed of the overall drilling process by providing solutions that are fast and accurate to use. Our drilling fluids, equipment and software are recognised and highly regarded for ease-of-use, reliability and accuracy within the international drilling industry. 

For more information about IMDEX’s innovative range, please visit one of leading brand’s websites website reflexnow.com, amcmud.com or contact your nearest AMC or REFLEX representative. 


Drilling Above the Arctic Circle

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About four hundred kilometres north from Arctic Circle lies one of the most fascinating sceneries of Finland, Arctic lake of Kilpisjärvi and its holy mountain of Saana.On Western shores of the lake Kilpisjärvi lies a Tripoint, the Three Country Cairn, land-mark between northmost Sweden, Norway and Finland while European Route E8 passes the lake using the eastern side lower altitude passage on its way to Tromsa, Norway. E8 is an important part of goods transport route in Northern Europe and a part of Nordic Way, a new Intelligent Transport System test in arctic conditions called Aurora. Aurora enables testing connected and automated driving as well as intelligent infrastructure asset management tests and trials on cross-border corridor E8. The ecosystem facilitates testing in all conditions. A part of E8 modernization and road upgrade project is the im-provement of the bridges in Kilpisjärvi region. A Keller company, Sotkamon Porapaalu, carried out all bridge foundation work by drill-ing 8 pieces of 406 mm casing and 14 pieces of 813 mm casing with average depth of 18 meters having 4 meters rock sockets in solid granite. Drilling was performed during the winter months offering very little ambient light . During the drilling period, in the middle of January, there was only 1-2 hours of daylight temperature being -10 - -30 degrees C°.

 

All drilling work was done with Mincon overburden systems. Sotkamon Porapaalu uses Mincon Spiral Flush casing advancing tools, as the trouble free and environmentally safe drilling is the key to maximum productivity, even in toughest ground and environment like this mid winter arctic ambiance. 

The holy mountain of Saana with Arctic Lights 

The holy mountain of Saana with Arctic Lights 

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Old bridges are too narrow for increasing heavy transport 

Acquisition of Driconeq AB

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On 19th March 2018, the Group completed the acquisition of Driconeq AB, the holding company for the Driconeq Group of companies. 

Driconeq is a leading global supplier of high quality drill pipes and accessories for down-the-hole (DTH), rotary and reverse-circulation applications with factories in Sunne, Sweden, Johannesburg, South Africa and Perth Australia. An integral part of the group is the heat treatment business, HARDtekno, located in Kristinehamn in Sweden. 


The factories are an excellent fit for the Mincon manufacturing and business footprint, being close to existing key Mincon facilities and management and giving us a worldwide brand in drill pipe and associated products. This is a fine addition to our product categories and will fit naturally with the products we already sell, and the many customers we already supply. 

Our current drill pipe manufacturer, Viqing Group, which we acquired last year, will be combined with the Driconeq Group, and add its rapidly building sales to this product category for the Group. The management teams in Sunne, where both businesses are headquartered, will be merged as agreed.

Drill rod connections

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When connecting your drill rods for the first time and screwing the connections together by hand, do you check that the distance between the primary and secondary shoulders corresponds to the required specifications? 

 
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Our team members throughout the organisation are dedicated and proud to serve and support the mineral exploration community. We have built up 23 years of experience and seen continuous growth in the global market. Our credibility is based on the trust our customers place in us. 


Specialised exploration and drilling company

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DrillSafe welcomes Geoserve Exploration Drilling to the DrillSafe Community as a Contributor!

Geoserve Exploration Drilling is a specialised exploration and drilling company offering core drilling services for the purposes of qualifying the required resources.

Geoserve Drilling Services focuses on all resources including, Oil, Gas, Coal, Gold, Platinum and Diamond drilling. Geoserve Drilling Services are mostly used by large resource companies that need to explore for their future mining requirements. In the current market conditions, with the pricing of commodities being on the increase, the market is extremely buoyant, and the demand for qualified drilling services is extremely high.

Geoserve Drilling Services are able to provide all the required equipment and skills to deliver the core resource product to establish and measure the quality and quantity of the resource deposits.

Geoserve is a BBBEE company owned by Royal Bafokeng holdings (Pty) Ltd through its majority shareholding in Mining, Oil and Gas Services (MOGS) (Pty) Ltd.

Rosond group successfully maintains its safety achievements

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Media statement by ROSOND (Pty) Ltd.

The Rosond group continues to place the safety of their employees at the helm of their operations. This is evident in the recent safety achievement of six months with no Lost Time Injuries (LTI) as a group from July 2017 to January 2018, following a zero harm achievement in their past financial quarter.

At the following sites; Geotechnical, Rasimoni, Elandsrand, Dishaba diamond drilling, Kloof diamond drilling, Tumela diamond drilling, and South Deep diamond drilling - no employee was off from work due to an accident for a period ranging between five and ten years. This is an outstanding achievement for Rosond, bearing in mind the harsh environment it operates in.

“Maintaining our safety achievements is crucial for us. Our daily goal is to make sure that everyone goes home safe to their families and these results are proof that we are on the right track. We will continue to adhere to our safety and health policies in order continue maintaining our performance. Rosond’s goal is to be LTI free by 2020,” says Ricardo Cravo Ribeiro, Operations Director at Rosond.

A culture of zero harm

Rosond’s safety is a collective effort. Management reviews and updates safety manuals annually and when required. After an accident, systems are revisited to ensure the lessons learnt from the accidents are implemented. Employees receive theoretical and practical training annually and when required, on safety and technical aspects to re-emphasise information and ensure that they are motivated to continue to do their jobs safely. Alongside safety training, the use of technologically advanced machinery, equipment and safety devices forms part of Rosond’s safety mandate.

When new employees are recruited, Rosond places them under psychometric tests in order to match them with the intended role and then proceeds with safety and technical training.

Andre Kleynhans, Rosond Safety Manager says, “Safety is a responsibility of all employees and the management; it is team work. Our ongoing safety achievements are a result of continuous improvement of safety methods by management and continuous implementation of safety measures by employees. Another important aspect is that we are committed to investigating all unsafe practices and incidents and take the necessary steps to prevent re-occurrence. So far, Rosond has been doing extremely well, so well that our mind-set has shifted to always put safety first at all times creating a culture of zero harm.”

Safety onwards

To successfully maintain their safety achievements, Rosond is committed to continually apply simple and understandable safety management systems and ensure that all employees are equipped with the means to implement safety procedures at all times.

Rosond also put in place a safety incentive scheme where employees are awarded an incentive when they achieve set safety objectives and targets.

 “Our safety achievements are giving us a competitive edge in the market furthering our client’s trust in our ability to provide seamless and quality service; and at the same time encouraging potential clients to place us top of mind when seeking services like ours,” says Ribeiro.

To reinforce their safety strategy, increase productivity and minimise risks, Rosond is in the process of developing a technologically advanced surface exploration rig. The machine will be fully automated and workers will be operating it from a ‘safe zone’ most of the time.

“We will continue to develop tools, machinery or equipment that will assist our employees to do their jobs safely and productively,” concludes Ribeiro.

Putting together the safety puzzle

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A few years ago, Major Drilling reached the milestone of working more than 7,000,000 hours without a lost time injury globally. Getting to this point was like putting together a large puzzle with hundreds of pieces. Every employee holds a piece of the puzzle and when we all work safely, we are placing our piece in the right spot to help form the picture of a workplace where every employee returns home. When assembling a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces, one of the basic strategies is to start by putting together the outside edges and then work your way into the more difficult pieces in the centre.

In safety, the outside edges of our puzzle consist of the key programs and principles that form the framework of our systems.  Some of these include:

  • Communications - One of the keys to improving our performance has been for managers to support safety by having positive safety interactions.  Dean Connett, HSEC Manager for Major Drilling America feels that communication and interactions have helped his branch work more than 3 years LTI free. "We decided as management in one of our management meetings that we need to be visible on our sites and spend more time coaching our crews. This has yielded results as the crews feel appreciated and valued.”
  • Take 5 Risk Assessment - We adopted the TAKE 5 program as our field level risk assessment tool in 2008.  Use of TAKE 5 helps to identify site-specific risks that are based on the task you are doing and the environment where you are performing the task.   Identification and elimination of these jobsite risks is a large part of our safety system and has been one of the keys to our success.   Juan Coronel, an entry level employee in Argentina was asked what has helped his branch achieve more than 2 years LTI free “TAKE 5.  It’s a perfect way to identify hazards and assess risks, individually and in a group, to eliminate or reduce the risk, so the task can be performed safely.” 
  • 10 Lifesaving Rules - The company introduced an easy to follow safety program summary we call our 10 Lifesaving Rules.  These rules were developed after reviewing our incident history, evaluating our worksites, and working with our clients.   Sylvie Gaudet, the HR & HSEC coordinator in our corporate office believes these rules have helped reinforce safety for our high-risk activities.  “These 10 Lifesaving Rules serve as a reminder to all employees of what kind of activities have high potential for serious injury.  By following these rules we can keep ourselves and our co-workers safe every day”. 
  • Right and Responsibility to Refuse Unsafe Work - Every employee has the ability and responsibility to refuse to work with unsafe equipment, in an unsafe location, or without the proper training for the task.  Recently two of our employees exercised this right by refusing to take a truck mounted rig onto a dirt road that was not safe to travel.  Despite pressure from the road contractor and drill consultant for our client, our crew held their ground and clearly explained what needed to be done to make the road safe.  After reviewing the road with our crews, the client agreed to fix the road and the rig is now onsite drilling.   By not exposing the rigs to unsafe roads, we avoided significant risk to our employees and equipment and were able to demonstrate our commitment to safety with our client. 

These are just a few of the pieces of the puzzle that help us remain safe each day. Each day we challenge our crews to think about their own piece of the safety puzzle and how their decisions and actions shape our puzzle. By committing to safe production on our sites, we can place these individual pieces into the complete safety picture and we will end up reaching even greater safety milestones in the future.