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November 1, 2021

Mine Development Machine at Fresnillo

Watch the successful bore of the Mine Development Machine (MDM) 5000. The MDM5000 is ideal for underground mine access and development drifts that require a ready-made, flat invert for rubber-tired vehicles. Hear testimony from the people working on the machine every day about how this unique equipment is set to revolutionize the mining industry. Watch Now

A Machine for Every Geology

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Main Beam TBM

Competent Hard Rock


Soft Ground


Variable Geology

Double Shield TBM

Fractured Hard Rock

Single Shield TBM

Fractured Rock With Water Inflows

Mine Development Machine

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Robbins Crossover XRE is World’s Fastest TBM over 13 Meters in Diameter

The Robbins Crossover TBM set multiple records prior to its October 2021 breakthrough, including a best day of 32.4 m (106 ft), a best week of 178.2 m (584.6 ft), and a best month of 721.8 m (2,368 ft), making it the fastest TBM over 13 m (43 ft) in diameter.

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Tunnel Turkey

Join us December 21-22, 2021 for the Tunnel Turkey International Tunnelling Symposium in Istanbul. Stop by Robbins’ stand 8 to find out more on our projects in Turkey, including our record-breaking project in Esme, and hear our talk on rectangular boring machines for hard rock.

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Join experienced Robbins staff April 10-14, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA for the largest trenchless technology conference in the world. Find out more about Robbins' line of Small Boring Units (SBUs)--game changers for the trenchless industry in both hard rock and mixed ground conditions.

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The History of Robbins

Pioneers in the World of Underground Construction

In 1952 James Robbins developed the first modern Tunnel Boring Machine for the Oahe Dam Project in South Dakota, USA. The machine used drag bits and dumbbell-shaped cutters to successfully excavate weak shale rock.

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“The performance of the XRE machine has been very good given the geology we have encountered during the project. We do plan to use Robbins for upcoming projects.”

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