With great excitement for the upcoming Investing in African Mining Indaba in 2024, the theme of ‘positive disruption’ is significant, especially in the context of mine blasting and explosives. BME is at the forefront of developing new blasting technologies that will shape Africa’s future by focusing on safety, sustainability, and productivity.
Embracing Technological Innovations for Sustainable Mining
Ralf Hennecke, the Managing Director of BME, emphasises that mining, like any other sector, is rapidly evolving. BME is more than just adjusting to new demands; it is completely revolutionising the industry by employing cutting-edge technologies that take safety and productivity to new heights. Hennecke affirms that these positive disruptions are instrumental in shaping the bold new future of African mining.
“From our perspective as mining technology partners, BME can attest to how mines are ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption. We have no doubt that this is a critical element of African mining’s bold new future.”
Ralf Hennecke, Managing Director of BME
Streamlining Downstream Processes with Blastmap Software
BME’s success is based on our strong emphasis on achieving high-quality rock fragmentation, which is essential for improving efficiency and better environmental outcomes at mine operations. Using our knowledge in electronic detonation, BME helps mines create custom blasts that suit their geological conditions and production needs. This, in turn, minimises disruptions and downtime associated with blasting activities.
One of BME’s notable software solutions is Blastmap, a powerful blast planning program. It empowers mines to meticulously plan and simulate blasts, bringing precision and predictability to the process. Blastmap software helps users create and improve blast patterns using geological data and operational limits for the best possible fragmentation results. This software solution greatly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of blasting operations, leading to increased productivity and cost savings.
AXXIS Technology Systems: Advancing Electronic Detonation
BME’s commitment to technological innovation is further exemplified by our AXXIS technology systems. These advanced electronic detonation systems provide mines with precise control over their blasting operations, ensuring optimal results. AXXIS technology systems offer improved accuracy, timing, and sequencing of blasts, leading to better fragmentation, reduced vibration, and enhanced safety.
AXXIS is a flexible system that allows for a wide range of applications, from surface mining to underground operations. These technology systems allow mines to improve the accuracy and efficiency of their blasting activities with features like wireless initiation and programmable timing. Over the past decade, BME’s team of engineers, technicians, and operators have worked hard to design and improve these systems, ensuring that they consistently meet high quality standards.
Commitment to Safety and Environmental Stewardship
Safety is a top priority in mines across Africa, and BME’s dedication to upholding the utmost safety standards is demonstrated by our zero recordable case rate (RCR). As an active member of Safex, an international industry body focused on the safe application of explosives, BME ensures the utmost safety across its operations.
In addition to driving technological advancements, BME places emphasis on environmental and social responsibility. By collecting and responsibly managing used oil—a hazardous substance—BME prevents contamination of water and land while promoting the circular economy. By adopting a sustainable approach, BME not only decreases carbon emissions, but also bolsters local economies by partnering with small businesses in the collection network. Our dedication to the principles of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) is reflected in these initiatives, which aim to create positive social change and promote economic inclusivity within mining communities.
Global Reach and Partnerships
To further bolster our commitment to sustainability and innovation, BME’s parent company, Omnia Holdings, has entered into a partnership with Hypex Bio Explosives Technology. The partnership aims to introduce new and sustainable explosive solutions, including a non-nitrate explosive emulsion that greatly reduces carbon emissions. Embracing these advancements, BME and Omnia Holdings are leading the industry toward a more sustainable future.
“Hypex Bio has developed a ground-breaking emulsion using hydrogen peroxide. This first-to-market non-nitrate explosive emulsions reduces the carbon content of blasting by 90% over traditional sources. This technology has the potential to completely change the explosives supply industry.”
Seelan Gobalsamy, CEO of Omnia
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