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The revolutionary transition from non-electric to electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in the field of blasting has brought many benefits to mining productivity, but there are still plenty of advantages to be gained by blast pioneers who are prepared to think ‘outside the box’.

Africa-based blasting and explosives leader BME has taken its first steps into the US market with a number of successful test blasts making use of its cutting-edge digital initiation system, blast planning software and electronic detonators.

Rocketing electricity prices are leading many mines to look at ways of reducing the energy consumed by loading, crushing and milling equipment – through better blasting techniques that deliver finer fragmentation.