With the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual meeting fast approaching, Boart Longyear said it will introduce several new products to help customers drill better. The event takes place March 4-7 at the Toronto Convention Center, and as many as 24,000 are expected to attend, according to PDAC.

“We have participated in and supported PDAC for a number of years as it is a great place to network with industry professionals and to introduce our latest technologies and solutions,” said Pat Nill, Boart Longyear vice president of global products.

This year, Boart Longyear will showcase:

  • TruScan Innovative Core Scanning Technology—Capture and access accurate, real-time geological data at the exploration site as the core is drilled. Utilizing innovative XRF technology specifically built to scan rock, Boart Longyear’s Drilling Services uses TruScan to provide geologists with non-destructive, accurate, high-density elemental concentration data for same-day continuous analysis of the drill core.
  • Health and Safety Training—On Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Brian Maeck, Boart Longyear’s global director of environment, health and safety, will be among the experts presenting at this year’s session on health and safety in mineral exploration. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to assess the risks and incorporate action plans to keep safety top of mind and minimize incidents.
  • Drilling Services—Boart Longyear Drilling Services professionals will be on hand to answer questions about the company’s range of drilling service expertise, capabilities and fleet of equipment.
  • XQ Drill Rods—The XQ rod features an innovative self-aligning thread start geometry, ensuring mating threads engage smoothly, without wedging or jamming. Smooth starting, in combination with case hardening, significantly improves productivity and wear life, the company said.
  • Longyear Bits—An innovative and versatile new line of diamond coring bits. Using novel metallurgy, Boart Longyear has successfully created a chemical bond between diamond and matrix, which is stronger than the diamond itself. These bits are engineered to drill faster, last longer, and outperform existing bit technology for increased productivity throughout the entire operation, and ultimately more core.