Orica launches new mine blast fragmentation technologies

Chemicals and explosives manufacturer Orica (ASX: ORI) has released a new automated rock sizing measurement technology called FRAGTrack.

The automated fragmentation measurement device is part of the company’s BlastIQ digital blast technologies suite used to control blasting in mines worldwide.

FRAGTrack uses binocular cameras and a 2D/3D image processing algorithm to capture real-time fragmentation measurement data from mine shovels and conveyors.

The data is used to track mine operations, and provide real-time optimisation of drilling and blasting operations, improving mine productivity.

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

“Rock size distribution or fragmentation is a critical measure of tracking daily drill and blast performance, optimisation of blasting, loading and haulage, and maximising throughput of material during the processing cycle.”

The FRAGTrack system greatly increases the frequency of sampling of the results of mine blasts.

This allows for visualisation and comparative analysis of multiple data sets

It also delivers safety benefits by removing manual sampling operators from high-risk operational areas.

The Orica-developed software and hardware can handle temperatures ranging from below minus 30 to above 45 degrees celsius, across a range of rock types and hardness levels.

Mathiravedu said: “FRAGTrack is designed to improve productivity and optimise drill and blast through the integration of fragmentation data into the drill and blast planning and design processes.

“This creates an opportunity for our customers to significantly improve downstream outcomes.”

As reported in @AuManufacturing, investment in technology is driving booming Orica profits.

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