IPS system takes hydraulic breaker performance to a new level

Published 22/2 at 13:55

Epiroc has introduced a major development in hydraulic breaker technology, with many of its rig mounted heavy hydraulic breakers now featuring its patented ‘Intelligent Protection System’ (IPS).

This ‘world first’, combines Epiroc’s popular AutoControl and StartSelect functions, with the fully automated system providing a simpler, more efficient, and more economical operation. 

AutoControl and StartSelect have been popular features on Epiroc hydraulic breakers for some years. AutoControl optimizes breaker performance by automatically adjusting the piston stroke length. The StartSelect system offers manual switching between two modes, AutoStart and AutoStop, which enables easy positioning at the beginning of the breaking cycle, and automatically stopping to avoid blank firing at the end of the breaking cycle.


IPS means no manual switching

These functions have now been combined in Epiroc´s Intelligent Protection System (IPS). IPS ensures that the hydraulic breaker always starts in the AutoStart mode. When the contact pressure between the chisel and material increases, AutoControl switches operation from a short piston stroke to a long piston stroke, IPS then switches automatically to the AutoStop mode. When the chisel breaks through the material, the breaker automatically shuts off preventing blank firing.


Simpler, faster breaking

IPS makes the breaking process even simpler for the operator by automatically adapting the breaker’s operating behaviour to any working condition. Uptime is increased due to the fully automated functionality of IPS requiring no operator intervention or reaction, meaning there is no interruption of the working process. Furthermore the system enables more accurate and significantly faster positioning of the breaker, thanks to the ‘centring’ effect, and avoids blank firing that often results in tool damage. This also eliminates mechanical strain on the carrier, with the life of all wear components being extended.


Heavy hydraulic breakers with IPS 

Epiroc HB 2000, HB 2500, HB 3100, HB 3600 and HB 4700 breakers are now available with it IPS system. During 2018 all other heavy hydraulic breakers in Epiroc´s range will incorporate this unique system. 

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