Epiroc partnered with explosives provider Orica to jointly develop a semiautomated explosives delivery system. The system will be developed to address growing demand from miners working in increasingly hazardous and challenging underground operations, the former reported.

Leadership at Epiroc said the development was a critical move toward automating the entire drilling and explosives charging process. “It is a vital part of both Epiroc’s and Orica’s vision of making the mining operation as safe, productive and cost efficient as possible,” Helena Hedblom, senior executive vice president, mining and infrastructure, Epiroc, said.