Quality is the watchword for BME’s new VIPERDET detonators

The VIPERDETT Series boasts quality and reliability leveraged from automated production lines and a certified supply chain.
The VIPERDETT Series boasts quality and reliability leveraged from automated production lines and a certified supply chain.

Omnia mining segment BME has introduced an improved version of its non-electric detonator product range into the quarrying sector. The VIPERDET MS Series boasts quality and reliability leveraged from automated production lines and a certified supply chain.

“We have over the years invested considerably in our production technology, giving us automated processes that enhance safety, sustainability and efficiency to reliably deliver a world class product,” says Nishen Hariparsad, GM Technology and Innovation at BME. “Our systems harness robotics and artificial intelligence to ensure that we meet and exceed customer expectations with our non-electric detonators.”

Hariparsad highlights that this high level of automation was a significant differentiator for the company, as most competitors relied on manual production lines. The result was that Omnia’s mining division was able to achieve consistency in detonator quality, enhanced production flexibility, less waste and reduced environmental impact. The company’s production facilities at Losberg and Dryden were also powered by renewable energy to prioritise sustainability and operational continuity.

“BME always strives to be at the forefront of technology and brings innovative and cutting-edge mining solutions that deliver best blasting and fragmentation outcomes,” he says. “This has underpinned the launch of the VIPERDET MS Series – which includes downhole, trunkline and dual detonators. With its timing accuracy, flexibility and user-friendly design, we believe this range will offer great customer experience and deliver optimal blasting results.”

Dr Rakhi Pathak, BME’s global product manager, notes that the design includes a triple-layered shock tube designed to provide high tensile strength and prevent any damage during normal operating conditions.

“Made with high-strength material that is temperature resistant, the connectors are easy to use and quick to apply,” says Dr Pathak. “The connectors are also colour coded for ease of identification.”

She adds that safety remains the utmost priority and so quality and manufacturing processes ensure that the product meets the highest industry safety standard.

Hariparsad explains that Omnia mining segment’s certified supply chain was crucial to achieving the standards for which it is known in the mining sector, including the quarrying sector where the VIPERDET MS Series is expected to find an important market.

“We have selected high quality raw materials and the latest manufacturing processes to guarantee exceptional quality in our VIPERDET MS Series detonators,” he says. “Each component goes through a series of rigorous tests to ensure it meets stringent industry standards.”

He notes that in-house manufacturing allows the company to closely manage its product quality, delivering reliability with high accuracy of delay timing.

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