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Worldwide Blasting Optimisation Initiative

Lafarge is implementing a worldwide initiative to optimise drilling and blasting operations across its 600 sites globally. The initiative aims to reduce costs, increase safety, and lessen the impact on the environment. The potential savings have been estimated at 10-25 million Euros annually.

Fragmentation has a large impact on quarry performance at every stage of the drilling, loading, and blasting process. The initiative therefore plans to increase awareness and understanding of fragmentation and implement best practices to reduce direct and indirect costs.

Best practices include the identification of experts, suppliers and equipment to improve the blasting process plus setting up procedures and ensuring competency of operators through training.

This article was first published by Machine Control Online and can be found at

Worldwide Blasting Optimisation Initiative.

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