Blasting and explosives group BME is targeting small mines and quarries’ abilities to leverage the latest succession in its AXXIS digital initiation system, AXXIS Silver.
The new release is a slimmed-down version of its AXXIS Titanium product from a technological standpoint and offers a cost-effective option for smaller scale blasts.
Additionally, according to Tinus Brits, BME global product manager, mines get even safer blasting while saving time on blast preparation and initiation.
“The new AXXIS system employs a dual basis of safety – with a dual voltage and dual capacitor configuration,” Brits said. “This further reduces the risk of uncommanded firings.”
The detonators now have a Swiss-designed application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chip, which provides the system more internal safety gates against stray current and lightning.
“The ASIC chip enhances safety levels and allows for inherently safe logging and testing,” he said.
“Blasts are initiated by a robust, encrypted blast command ensuring that detonators all receive their respective commands and fire as planned.”
AXXIS Silver also speeds up the blasting process, allowing logging, testing and programming with one unit and just one visit to the blast hole. Copper-cladded steel wire can straighten out in the small holes, so the user can feel exactly where the booster is during the charging process and eliminate the issue of thicker wire that coils against the walls of the hole.
The value added by the AXXIS Silver initiation system, BME said, is enhanced by its integration with BME’s Blast Alliance suite of digital tools.
“These include our BLASTMAP blast planning software, XPLOLOG data logger and online dashboard, and the Blasting Guide App for Android devices,” the company said. “These tools enhance the ability of mines and quarries to design and implement customised blasting solutions with speed, accuracy and safety.”
Added Brits: “Small mining operations and quarries [are] steadily adopting electronic detonator technology, and AXXIS Silver [is] well-positioned to cater for this growing market.
“We have seen considerable enthusiasm about AXXIS Silver among existing customers who are looking to upgrade from our AXXIS GII system. Judging by the requests we have had for on-site testing and demonstrations, the uptake of our new generation of electronic detonation technology looks very positive.”