New for Hillhead 2024 – EPC-UK’s ROG+ service “Unlocking Value with Precision”

May 22, 2024

With Hillhead 2024 on the horizon, EPC-UK and EPC Metrics are putting plans in place to showcase three recent innovations on our state-of-the-art stand in the Buxton quarry.

In the last issue of Onsite, Commercial Manager, Ryan Ward shared details of the first of the three – Polarex. 

This time Ryan gives further information on the second, ROG+ (Rock on Ground Plus), our next iteration of advanced customer servicing.

Improving the entire value chain

“We’re excited to be sharing details about our new offering, ROG+ at Hillhead this year” Ryan says. “The service is expanding EPC-UK and EPC Metrics’ capabilities beyond drilling and blasting alone, enabling us to deliver an advanced, highly sophisticated and accurate blasting service where customers choose only the specific elements they need to support equipment and tools they already have on site, helping to improve their entire value chain from face-to-gate or mine-to-mill. Not only does this streamline operations from a cost management perspective, but also enables greener credentials, as by putting holes in the ground as accurately as we can, we deliver maximum performance of our explosive products.

How ROG+ works

“ROG+ involves measuring, through a multitude of advanced tools, blast impact on a continual feedback loop basis using the data we have access to on site together with engineer expertise to make more effective future blasting decisions. 

“By creating a ‘continuous feedback loop’ we’re able to see how our blasting activities are impacting the overall downstream of a customer’s quarrying operation, as well as the performance and value gained from the materials that are being extracted. We feed that information back into the next blast decision making process and, by making slight adjustments each time, can progressively enable customers’ operations to become even more optimised.” 

ROG+ datasheet

Operated and harnessed through the EXPLORE™ platform.

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Digital dashboard helps track the overall operational performance from loading, hauling, crushing and processing.

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Real time fragmentation measurements on crushers, weigh belts and gantries.

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Digital capture for loading and hauling efficiencies and fuel usage.

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Tracking and gathering the power consumption and processing rates and material size splits on crushing systems.

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Compliance is better supported with ROG+ capabilities.

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Environmental impact outcomes are assured using all our seismic assessment technology. 

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Pre-blast fragmentation predictor uses mathematical models, the POLAREX© probe and EXPERTIR© software package to create 3D simulations to predict the blast’s outcome prior to firing

Delivering continuous improvement

“Using ROG+’s data suite and our engineering team’s knowledge, we’re making better, tailored decisions about the way customers blast in the ‘ever changing’ quarrying environment. By choosing only the tech elements from the service that apply to each individual site, customers can significantly improve activity and expenditure within their specific quarry; whether that’s linked to loading, hauling, fuel usage or crushing to get all the value possible. Equally, it’s helping us to improve choices regarding emulsion types and blends, detonators, timings, top and bottom priming and blasting parameters. We can even use ROG+ to introduce ‘green multiblend’ into customers’ operations by using recycled mineral oil in their bulk emulsion or ‘green & blue’ Ammonium Nitrate which is better for the environment.”

Advanced accuracy with ROG+ machine learning

Operated and harnessed through the EXPLORE™ platform.

________

Digital dashboard helps track the overall operational performance from loading, hauling, crushing and processing.

________

Real time fragmentation measurements on crushers, weigh belts and gantries.

________

Digital capture for loading and hauling efficiencies and fuel usage.

________

Tracking and gathering the power consumption and processing rates and material size splits on crushing systems.

________

Compliance is better supported with ROG+ capabilities.

________

Environmental impact outcomes are assured using all our seismic assessment technology. 

________

Pre-blast fragmentation predictor uses mathematical models, the POLAREX© probe and EXPERTIR© software package to create 3D simulations to predict the blast’s outcome. 

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Inclusive tracker programming.

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Education.

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Pre-start and obtaining data.

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Performance and measurements of drilling.

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Dedicated rigs.

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Drill returns for chemical analysis. 

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Digital data logs.

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Full smart drilling.

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Measurement of whole feed pressures.

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Green multiblend.

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Changing the density of explosive used.

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Velocity of detonation.

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Safety telematics.

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Fixed monitoring.

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High speed cameras and predictors.

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Excavation assessments.

“Visit us on the Hillhead stand this June to find out how our tailored ROG+ service can improve efficiencies across the board within your own operation, or send me an email if you’d like to talk sooner.” 

In our final article of three, planned for the next issue of Onsite, Ryan will talk about the next development we’re keen to showcase, our enabling merger with Vibraquipo.

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