Bofram Techniek is constructing a drilling truck for horizontal directional drilling. We will keep you updated about the progress of this project and give you more information about what happens in each phase.
The construction process of the drilling truck
Phase 1 The wishes of the customer regarding the HDD equipment
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is the realization of horizontal drillings for the construction of pipes and tubes, without having to deconstruct the road. This of course requires professional equipment, such as a drilling truck with an HDD mix and pump set.
Our customer is active in the horizontal directional drilling industry and would like to get a new built-in mix unit for a truck that he can use with his Ditch Witch drill. After contacting us by phone, we sat down around the table to discuss the specifics and wishes. This way, Bofram has a good blueprint of the customer’s wishes.
After these conversations, the details were worked out by our engineers. Our engineers added some space-saving and noise reducing possibilities. For example, Bofram gave the customer the possibility to choose for a PTO hydraulic pump, so no extra motor is needed in the drilling vehicle. This is space-saving and noise reducing. This has been presented to the customer. After some last detail adjustments and the agreement of both parties, we could start working.
Phase 2 Preparation of the drilling truck and HDD mix unit
The preparation includes engineering and making drawings, ordering the parts, and planning the various construction phases. The drawings are important so the whole team knows exactly what the parts look like, and how they need to be assembled and/or placed. And, of course, we have to make sure that the right specialists are working on the right part at the right time to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Phase 3 The complete construction of the drilling truck and HDD mix unit
When the MAN truck came in we started with the construction. First, we mounted the hydraulic drive system. This is mounted underneath the truck to save space. After that, we installed three water tanks. Why three? The customer wanted one clean water tank, one mix tank, and one storage tank for the finished product. This way, the customer has a buffer of both clean water and the finished product at all times. Then, we built the frame of the bentonite hopper table. Mounting the piping system in the drilling vehicle is also part of this phase.
Phase 4 Powder coating of the construction parts in the drilling vehicle in the desired colors
When all the construction work has been custom made to fit the drilling vehicle, it will be partially deconstructed again. The parts will get the desired color at the powder coater. In this case, blue is chosen as this is the customer’s company color. When the parts are ready, they are placed back in the drilling vehicle and the installation and assembly of the parts can continue.
To be continued…