Orica has announced the release of the new Bulkmaster 7 Mobile Manufacturing Unit (MMU™) designed for use in the Open Cut mining sector.

The Bulkmaster 7 is the latest evolution of Orica’s market-leading delivery system technology, delivering a leap in productivity and safety on bench, and another significant step towards automating drill and blast operations in the future.

Orica Group Executive and President, Australia Pacific & Asia, Darryl Cuzzubbo said that the Bulkmaster 7’s significantly increased payload, loadout rates and bin flexibility is fundamental to improving productivity, offering a clear competitive advantage.

“We are continually advancing our delivery systems in both underground and surface applications, and believe that delivery systems form a fundamental building block to providing a superior service to our customers,” said Mr Cuzzubbo.

The first Bulkmaster 7 unit commenced operation this month at the Fortescue Metals Group Solomon operations, located in the resource rich Pilbara region of Western Australia. By fully integrating the Bulkmaster 7 units, combined with advanced operational services, Orica expects to reduce the number of MMU asset requirements by 30%, delivering explosives safely and efficiently, while reducing the total cost of operation for the mine.

Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines stated, “Fortescue has a proud history of embracing leading edge technologies and new ideas. We are pleased to be working with Orica on the roll-out of this new technology at our Pilbara operations as part of our constant drive in continuing our productivity and efficiency improvements.”

The significant performance improvements have been achieved through a series of technical innovations in the new generation delivery system, including: A proprietary bin shape to optimise Ammonium Nitrate flowability, minimise weight, evenly distribute stresses and lower the centre of gravity. Designed to significantly improve reliability, stability, safety, and increase total bulk explosives product holding capacity of up to 20.9t of Fortan™ and 22.5t of Fortis™.

Specially designed augers and significantly increased power capacity to improve delivery rates and allow for new material metering methods. Allowing for accurate Fortan and Fortis delivery rates of 1100kg/min and 550kg/min respectively.

State of the art integrated hydraulic, sensor and control system technology. Optimising usability and formulation quality at high speeds.

The Bulkmaster 7 also fully integrates with LOADPlus™, a BlastIQ™ enabled smart control system technology, to deliver products transparently and accurately in accordance with site requirements. The BlastIQ System delivers a range of technology solutions to improve productivity, save time and reduce the overall cost of drill and blast operations.

The Bulkmaster 7 will be progressively rolled out in Australia throughout 2018 and 2019, providing a competitive advantage to those adopting the new technology.

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