Epiroc released the eXtra Capacity (XC) package for the Pit Viper 270 (PV-270) series blasthole drill rigs. The package enables the rigs, described by Epiroc as an industry staple, to provide 85,000 lb bit load capacity. It allows the rigs to be configured for site-specific applications to target optimized productivity, reliability and the lowest total cost of ownership, the company reported.

The PV-270 XC series delivers a hole diameter range up to 12.25 in. It is available in both the multipass and single-pass offering, which provides a clean hole of 55 ft and 59 ft, respectively. It can be run with by either an onboard or a remote operator using options such as AutoDrill and AutoLevel. Additional levels of automation are available.