Bulkmaster 7 LOADPlus

Who is Our Client? – Orica (on-going since 2017)

Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling.


What Problem Does Orica Need To Solve?

Orica hired SAPHI to write LOADPlus control system software and user interface for the Bulkmaster 7 in Newcastle and provide on-going maintenance and support. SAPHI has an on-going contract with Orica to provide its expertise to solve these problems.


What is The Bulkmaster 7?

The Bulkmaster™ 7 is the latest addition to our industry leading bulk explosive delivery systems. This state of the art technology creates a step change in efficiency on bench for customers in the open cut mining sector.
The Bulkmaster™ 7 minimises the number of assets, people and time it takes to load a blast. Services enabled by the new mobile manufacturing unit benefit from:

  • Improved drill and blast productivity, delivering a reduction in the total cost of operation
  • Predictable, reliable and transparent blasting outcomes; and
  • a safer overall operating environment.


What is The Solution?

SAPHI has worked with the Orica team to develop the low-level control code and implement the user interface based on feedback from the Orica UX design team. SAPHI has also assisted in the development of the automated test system architecture and in the writing of automated tests for the LOADPlus software.


How is SAPHI Implementing This Solution?

Saphi implemented its solutions for this project using a broad range of skills including:

  • LabVIEW Real-Time
  • FPGA Code
  • TestStand
  • API Development
  • Adobe XD Mockup Translation


Completion date: Current
Location: Kurri Kurri, NSW, Australia
Partner: Orica
Website: orica.com