Mining, tunnelling & drilling
Element Six has a full portfolio of supermaterials which provide users with high cutting rates. Image source: RAG Deutsche Steinkohle.
Element Six offers a comprehensive portfolio of technologies and solutions for mining, tunnelling and drilling applications. As a world leader in supermaterials technology, we utilise our expertise and experience to provide solutions that enable continuous and reliable operation.
Element Six offers synthetic diamond grits, polycrystalline diamond and tungsten carbide solutions, which provide a number of benefits including greater machinery and rig efficiency and reduced operating costs, elimination of resharpening costs and increased drilling and cutting speeds.
Mining of hard rock
The mining of hard rock typically requires the drilling of both exploratory and blasting holes, and Element Six can offer inserts to mount into drill tools or the finished drill tools. The choice of tooling options is designed to suit the differing needs of mines across the world and we work with mining tool equipment manufacturers to match synthetic diamond and carbide performance characteristics to their specific needs.
Mining of soft rock
Element Six has developed a range of hard wearing tungsten carbide products and is currently developing a synthetic diamond pick which we believe will offer overwhelming benefits to the industry.
Element Six produces a full range of tools and tooling systems for tunnelling applications. We offer a full range of round shank picks with a full range of head designs, retainer systems and inserts available to specific requirements. Customised tools can be manufactured upon request.
Drill bits are available for blast hole drilling and roof bolting and are equipped with tungsten carbide or polycrystalline diamond inserts to suit the rock conditions.
Our synthetic diamond grits and powders solutions
Element Six is able to fully utilise synthetic diamond as the working face material in exploratory and blast hole drilling through the world’s hardest formations. In synthetic diamond grits, Element Six offers a range of sizes, strengths, coatings and encapsulation technologies to serve a wide range of hard rock drilling needs. Learn more about synthetic diamond grits and powders.
Polycrystalline diamond (PCD)
We offer polycrystalline diamond (PCD) for use on large cutting or percussive/impact surfaces that can be mounted on drill heads and picks to increase penetration rates and offer longevity of performance life – a valuable feature in geographically remote operations. Where properly applied, PCD tools provide the end-user with unsurpassed levels of productivity and workpiece quality.
Our synthetic diamond-enhanced hard rock inserts represent an integration of advanced material design and product engineering to produce a cost effective solution for performance-focused drilling. The dimensions of our synthetic diamond-enhanced hard rock inserts are produced to customer specifications. Learn more about polycrystalline diamond (PCD).
Tungsten carbide products
Element Six tungsten carbide products are tough, hard and economical, with good wear resistance, even at high temperatures. Tungsten carbide is an ideal choice as the cutting face in drills, wear faces and picks for breaking and crushing rock and ore. Learn more about tungsten carbide products.