Orica’s innovative fragmentation measurement technology FRAGTrack™ has been awarded a Good Design accolade in the engineering category, for outstanding design and innovation.
Dating back to 1958, the annual Good Design Awards recognise and celebrate products or services that have shown excellence in design innovation and impact.
FRAGTrack™, Orica’s automated fragmentation measurement device, accurately and reliably measures rock size and fragmentation following the blasting stage in mining and quarrying. For these sites, optimal fragmentation can greatly reduce energy consumption, improve equipment productivity, and increase production rates – and removes the need for manual sampling to keep team members safe.
Designed in collaboration with Design Anthology, Newie Ventures and Your Engineer Mechanical Engineering, the Good Design Awards jury said:
“This is an innovative design that has the potential to improve commercial and safety outcomes in the mining and extractive industries that use drill and blast techniques. An excellent piece of engineering design using scanning and multi-camera technologies with extensive software engineering in a highly innovative application.”
While conventional methods and technologies for fragmentation measurement are prone to operator bias and an inability to operate in harsh mining environments, FRAGTrack™ captures, analyses and reports real-time data digitally – and can be fully installed and upgraded remotely.
“This is a clever solution to the tedious problem of quantifying fragmentation after blasting. It ruggedises cameras and processors to survive in harsh mining and environmental conditions. A solid piece of industrial and engineering design that deserves to be recognised and celebrated.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the team, Orica’s Vice President of Digital Solutions Rajkumar Mathiravedu acknowledged:
“We’ve been able to develop this unique digital solution by combining more than 20 years of customer input, internal expertise and collaborations with market-leading specialists Design Anthology, Newie Ventures and Your Engineer Mechanical Design to make it a reality. This award is recognition of the extraordinary people and partners behind this innovative and value delivering technology.
“Throughout the development process we’ve taken the time to listen to the needs of our customers, and then work with them to evolve the design and engineering to suit harsh mining conditions, delivering real impact and outcomes for them - It’s what makes this such a unique and impactful innovation, especially as our customers strive for greater competitive advantage in these challenging times.”
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