Orica optimises drill and blast with automated measurement

Orica has released an automated rock sizing measurement technology, FRAGTrack, as part of its BlastIQ digital blast optimisation platform suite.

The device captures real-time fragmentation measurement data for optimising drill and blast operations on both face-shovels and conveyors.

It has greater sampling frequency, enabled by the fully autonomous system, thus providing superior insights and allowing for visualisation and comparative analysis of multiple sample data sets.

FRAGTrack also delivers enhanced safety benefits through the removal of manual sampling methods on bench, keeping workers away from high-risk operational areas.

This system uses binocular cameras and an innovative proprietary hybrid 2D/3D image processing algorithm, overcoming the shortcomings of standard methods, which usually apply them independently and lack accuracy.

The hardware is also specifically designed for durability in the harshest of mine operating environments, capable of handling temperatures ranging from below minus 30 to above 45 degrees Celsius across a range of rock types and hardness levels.

“Systematic and automated measurement and analysis of blast fragmentation provides a basis for continuous improvement,” Orica vice president – digital solutions Raj Mathiravedu said.

“Driven by the needs of our customers to accurately assess blast outcomes including fragmentation, we continue to invest in developing intelligent and autonomous measurement systems that are easily integrated into existing mine ecosystems.”

The world’s largest manufacturer of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems also boasts a global network of technical services engineers and technology experts.

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