BME’s Smart MMUs Revolutionize Bulk Emulsion Loading with Real-Time Data
BME, a leading provider of blasting solutions, is transforming the way bulk emulsion is loaded into blastholes with its innovative Smart Mobile Manufacturing Units (MMUs). These MMUs incorporate smart technology that enables real-time data monitoring during the loading process, enhancing productivity and safety.
The Smart MMUs are an integral part of BME’s automation efforts, utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence. Two of BME’s digital solutions, Xplolog and Xplocharge, automate various aspects of blasthole charging, including the tracking of emulsion volumes being pumped by smart trucks. This real-time data is monitored by on-vehicle equipment, which compares planned volumes with actual volumes required. The information is then wirelessly transmitted and stored in cloud platforms for analysis.
By leveraging this data, BME can continuously optimize costs and ensure efficient resource utilization, ultimately leading to optimal blast results. Additionally, the performance of the trucks can be measured through digital telemetry using Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This functionality enhances productivity, maintenance control, product quality, and asset utilization.
BME’s specialized in-house assembly and fabrication facility in South Africa plays a pivotal role in enabling the safe and smart loading technology of its MMUs. With over 200 MMUs constructed, BME is committed to evolving and enhancing its smart technology continually. Recently, the company released a new version of its Xplolog system, which captures and analyzes data on blast holes and decks. This upgraded version features improved performance, design, and application codes, as well as an upgraded database utilizing Google’s Cloud Services.
The integration of this advanced technology on MMUs enables mines to monitor their block progress in real-time and work towards continuously improving blast quality. By combining BME’s digital smart MMUs and loading solutions with on-bench digital technology and electronic initiation systems, controlled blasting is achieved, eliminating risks such as vibration and fly-rock and ensuring superior blast outcomes.
BME’s innovation in the field of blasting solutions has garnered attention worldwide. Their smart MMUs and utilization of real-time data set new standards in the industry, revolutionizing the bulk emulsion loading process. With a customer-focused approach and a commitment to safety and efficiency, BME continues to lead the way in providing sustainable blasting solutions for mining operations globally.