The Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) in Ottawa and Olitek Mining Robotics of Queensland, Australia, are collaborating on the creation of a remote charge-up unit (RCU) for explosives. The project supports the CMIC’s Safe Deep Development and Mine Development in High Stress initiatives
Loading explosives at the face is one of the most hazardous jobs in an underground mine. The prototype RCU will be designed to keep blasters at least four or five metres away from the development face. It will also provide faster manual charge-up options to reduce exposure time for existing operations.