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FRAGTrack Geospatial unlocks operational and technical insights by providing georeferenced samples to correlate blast design and orebody information to blasting performance , according to Orica
Design for Outcome , FRAGTrack , and BlastIQ™ are instrumental in automating various facets of the drilling and blasting process . These solutions facilitate seamless data transfer , loading rule application , classifications , and image sampling and processing .”
Such incremental steps collectively contribute to the broader objective of achieving comprehensive automation , reducing the need for human intervention in potentially hazardous tasks , according to Craft . They are also part of Orica ’ s five-year technology roadmap and help guide Orica ’ s “ journey toward full automation ”, particularly in processes like explosives loading , both on surface and underground .
This technology roadmap also recognises the need for collaboration and modularity across the mining sector , hence the reason Orica recently entered into an agreement with Caterpillar to supports its customer base in harnessing the power of merging data , sensors and intelligence to enhance workflows and enable real-time decision making .
“ The initial focus will be on the integration between Orica ’ s Rhino™ , BlastIQ , FRAGTrack and Cat ® MineStar™ Terrain technologies ,” Craft said . “ This integrated workflow will provide customers with high-fidelity rock property information , enabling significant improvements to on-bench safety , drilling and blasting program accuracy and productivity , and higher-quality blast outcomes that generate enhanced mill performance .”
This is all part of Orica ’ s aim to support customers in sustainably mobilising the earth ’ s resources with innovative technologies .
“ With the ongoing advancements in software , old problems can be solved with new capabilities ,” Craft concluded .
Interest in integrated thinking
The Digital Mining Technologies division within Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is also a recent entrant into the software space , yet the OEM ’ s customers have been calling out for such an integrated offering for several years , according to Elen Toodu .
Included within this division is the Deswik ,