The goal of any business is to maximize profits by optimizing resources, processes and technology. This is especially true in mining, where the initial extraction processes can drastically impact downstream activities and the overall profitability of an operation. Open-pit mines often view blasting as separate from other extraction activities.
However, results of the blast such as fragmentation, muck pile profile and displacement, impact downstream activities like mining, crushing and milling. Two Peruvian mines deployed new technology to create drilling and blasting designs that allowed better energy distribution during detonation and improved fragmentation, ultimately increasing profits.