Minnovare has officially launched its new Production Optimiser system for the underground metalliferous mine market. The revolutionary new system, suitable for installation on all production rig makes and models, substantially reduces blast hole drilling deviation, which in turn reduces average dilution and downtime including reduced secondary drill and blasts, whilst improving overall fragmentation and ore recovery.

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The Production OptimiserTM system in use during the testing phase

The system’s hardware engages with Minnovare’s new online client interface, Minnovare CORE, which utilises digital drill plans and plods that sync seamlessly with existing mine-planning software to deliver unparalleled drill-data capture and analysis capability.

The net result is a significant improvement in drill and blast efficiency, productivity and responsiveness throughout the entire operation.

Minnovare Commercial Director, Mick Beilby commented that Minnovare had a lot of success in the exploration drilling side of the market to date.

“The initial trials have seen our clients reduce their average blast hole deviation by up to 60 per cent, which has in turn delivered an estimated reduction in dilution of up to 30 per cent. At the same time benefiting from an increase in overall meters drilled, improved fragmentation and ore recovery. The downstream impact on minerals processing and logistical costs, as well as overall downtime, is significant for your average mine site – potentially equating to millions of dollars every year,” said Mr Beilby.

Initial on-site testing of the Production Optimiser system was conducted over a six-month period at two prominent underground gold mines in Australia.

Minnovare’s Managing Director, Callum McCracken said “The input and overall engagement of our clients throughout the R&D process has been fundamental to the systems’ ongoing development and final readiness. We’re extremely thankful for their input and support, and we’re all very pleased with the results.”

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