BME launches its new AXXIS central blasting system


    Harare – Leading supplier of explosives and services to the African mining, quarrying and construction industries BME says it is launching its New AXXIS blasting system at the International Electra Mining exhibition currently underway at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

    The exhibition started yesterday and ends on 18th of September.

    Electra Mining Africa is a showcase of the latest and greatest innovations and technologies, the leading products and services, and the most cutting-edge machinery, equipment and solutions.

    Focusing on safety, supply security and value adding technical services, BME has operations in Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, DRC, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and where opportunities present themselves.

    In a statement BME said, alongside a range of its products that will be featured on its stand at Electra Mining will be an interactive display allowing visitors to experience the ease of using the central blasting system (CBS), and to understand the many benefits of the system in a simulated underground environment using augmented reality (AR) technology.

    “The new AXXIS CBS system allows underground mining operations to initiate blasts from a safe and convenient place on surface, bringing the benefits of electronic detonation technology to underground mining.

    “The system allows real-time local monitoring – as well as remote access monitoring capabilities – which allow quicker decision making and better operational transparency in the underground environment,” it said.

    The company said its world record breaking AXXIS surface system will also be featured at Electra Mining, and visitors will be able to log detonators ‘on the block’, allocate timing designs and fire a virtual blast.

    The company is the largest provider of emulsion explosives to South Africa’s opencast mining sector, and has been a pioneer in leveraging electronic detonation technology to achieve higher quality and more cost effective blasts across a range of commodities.

    Its AXXIS system last year facilitated a record blast at Kansanshi, Africa’s largest copper mine, initiating 6,690 electronic delay detonators in one blast.

    BME, together with Protea Mining Chemicals forms the mining division within the Omnia Group. The Omnia Group is a JSE listed diversified provider of specialised chemical products and services used in the mining, agriculture and chemicals sectors.

    Omnia has been in business for 61 years and has its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Group’s operations extend across Africa, Australasia and Brazil.

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