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APR-JUN 2019

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 2 36 SUPPLIER NEWS As mining companies rapidly shi[ their strategies and operaঞng models to leverage digital transformaঞon, new technologies in blasঞng and explosives are making an ever more vital contribuঞon to boom-line improvements. According to Joe Keenan, managing director of blasঞng leader BME, a combinaঞon of market volaঞlity, changing global demand and radically different input economics has contributed to a seismic shi[ in the industry. "Automaঞon in mines, new analyঞc capabiliঞes, digital workers and remote operaঞon are just some examples where technologies are disrupঞng the mining industry today," said Mr Keenan. "At BME, our turnkey blasঞng offering is based on our ongoing investment in technology in precisely these fields; combining the power of mobile compuঞng and cloud data storage to enhance safety, producঞvity and informaঞon transparency, allowing quicker and beer decision-making." He highlighted the 'internet of things' (IoT) as an important driver of mine profitability through safe, efficient and automated operaঞons. "Our AXXIS centralised blasঞng system (CBS), for example, takes the benefits of electronic detonaঞon into the underground environment – with acঞve monitoring and detecঞon that gives mines the ability to take correcঞve acঞon before a blast instead of just remedial acঞon a[erwards," he said. "The system's data collecঞon capability provides faster insights and improved blast predicঞon using advanced analyঞcs and data tools; it also allows data visualisaঞon through dashboards and easier informaঞon accessibility." In similar fashion, BME's XPLOLOG technology closely monitors the acঞvity and performance of teams conducঞng drilling, charging and stemming on a blast site – and controls the uঞlisaঞon of key resources like emulsions. "XPLOLOG captures detailed informaঞon on each hole, picking up inconsistencies or issues that could reduce the quality of a blast," said Mr Keenan. "This easy-to-use tool can upload and download data, presenঞng it on a dashboard for beer management decision- making – and integrates with our powerful BLASTMAP III design so[ware." Driving this work is BME's Innovaঞon Hub, a dedicated division that commercialises its technology to benefit customers. Staffed by experts including physicists, engineers and chemists, it conঞnuously improves various aspects of the company's offerings – from emulsion formulaঞons and blast modelling, to mobile app technology and data transparency. "The landscape of Mining 4.0 is no longer about commodiঞes; rather, the focus is now on embracing technology and evolving as an industry," said Mr Keenan. "This means increasing collaboraঞon between mines and their partners; we are constantly being approached by our customers to parঞcipate in new mining technologies, so we work increasingly in collaboraঞon with them to find soluঞons for the industry as a whole." He highlighted how a more interconnected and informaঞon-based mining operaঞon will conঞnue to push the envelope of which acঞviঞes really need human interacঞon – and which can be automated. The possibiliঞes for new operaঞng models and new levels of opঞmisaঞon will create the next wave of differenঞaঞon in the industry. Blasting solutions that take mines into digital age BME's XPLOLOG is a fully integrated and real-me blast data management system

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