With the end goal of reducing overall mine costs, the first steps toward automation are simple; identify repeatable tasks with the biggest efficiency payoff and eliminate potential for human error.
Time intensive manual loading and tagging of individual detonators along a blast plan is one of the biggest drill and blast challenges open cut mining companies face.
To overcome this challenge, Dyno Nobel has just introduced Differential GPS (DGPS), an industry first technology that pairs with its DigiShot Plus.4G electronic initiation system. Combined, they may help to:
- Eliminate human error
- Reduce labour costs
- Speed up the blasting process and
- Integrate into future autonomous (robotic) deployment and tagging
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