With mining seeing a more sustained improvement in many Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, fortune will favour those miners and supply partners with experience on the ground.
“Our software development program focuses quite heavily on process optimization through digitization, which has been accelerated by the onset of the pandemic.”
After a decade of success with its BLASTMAP blast planning software for surface application, Omnia Group company BME has released a version of this innovative solution for underground mining.
The blast was conducted by BME, an Omnia Group company, at the end of 2020 at a manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Using its well-proven AXXIS electronic initiation system, BME was able to plan and execute a blast of 4,647 detonators. Just a few months earlier, the company had broken a previous record at the same mine by initiating 3,780 detonators in a single blast.
The quest to raise productivity on mines is relying increasingly on technological innovation and pushing the boundaries of blasting science has therefore been a priority for explosives and blasting leader BME, a member of the JSE-listed Omnia group.
As part of its continuous development of digital solutions, blasting leader BME has further enhanced its BLASTMAP blast planning tool with an added burden relief timing module.
The steady growth of the International Society of Explosives Engineers’ Australian conference and exhibition shows how blasting technology and expertise is constantly improving, according to BME Australia.
Another world record for BME.
Getting real-time data from a blast block during drilling, charging and stemming operations is difficult with traditional manual reporting systems – but BME’s XPLOLOG system has changed all that.
The revolutionary transition from non-electric to electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in the field of blasting has brought many benefits to mining productivity, but there are still plenty of advantages to be gained by blast pioneers who are prepared to think ‘outside the box’.