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The Future in Surface Blast Automation

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The mining industry is being reimagined. Robotics, automation, big data and the Internet-of-Things are transforming the value chain – from exploration, mining and processing to transport. Orica is poised to lead this wave of technological innovation as we enter the age of Industrial 4.0. Harnessing the power of automation is key to our vision of transforming how drill and blast is used, through digital and automated technologies to create safer, predictable and more productive blast outcomes for our customers.

The journey towards full blast automation may still be some years away. In the meantime, we are taking active steps to explore the optimal path to safely and effectively automate the complete blasting cycle, both in the open cut and underground mining segments. This animation shows our current thinking of how the first steps of blast automation in the Surface mining segment may look in the near future.

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