Orica announced the commercial release of WebGen 200 Surface. Developed based on the success of more than 5,000 WebGen 100 blasts around the world, containing more than 150,000 primers. Orica believes WebGen 200 Surface will change how the industry blasts, resulting in more safer and efficient blasting for miners.

Specifically designed for surface mining applications, eliminating physical wired connections to a blast or within the blasthole could open a whole new range of possibilities. It enables blasters to optimize their entire mining process from reducing exposure on bench to geological hazards, such as stemming dust, working next to highwalls, reducing vehicle interactions, and removing people from harm’s way. The WebGen 200 system could revolutionize mining operations by enabling blasters to operate during stormy weather or turning a loaded blast into a temporary haul road with the award-winning blasting method Mine Schedule Flexibility.

“It is the culmination of years of research and development across technology, marketing, commercial, supply and manufacturing teams. We are pleased to announce that WebGen 200 Surface is now commercially available for our customers,” Orica Senior Manager WebGen Commercialization, Rhys Patterson said.

In addition, the safe passage of mining equipment overloaded blastholes by maintaining parallel mining, and drilling, and loading activities is now a reality, which can significantly increase the vertical advance of surface mines. Production delays associated with exclusion zones around loaded blast patterns during lightning storms can also be eliminated using WebGen.

Orica’s comprehensive verification and validation product testing in the field hit the testing program milestones for the WebGen 200 Surface primer at Moose Creek quarry in North America, Karreman Quarries and TerraCom Ltd. Blair Athol coal mine in Australia.