LOADPlus Underground

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.

Orica offers Underground Delivery Units that include mobile “Charger” delivery systems and modular “Loader” units, these are state of the art in explosives engineering and charging capability. The “Loader” systems are designed to be transported by IT to the point of use and can be quickly set up for loading blast holes, these systems can be readily installed onto mine carriers, or can be adapted for special needs. The Orica mobile “Chargers” are designed to charge full rings or development efficiently, taking full advantage of mechanisation and mobility. They are self-contained and operate independently of other mining activity and equipment.


What Problem Does Orica Need To Solve?

The Orica underground delivery systems are run by LOADPlus Underground software. Orica has hired SAPHI for on-going support to develop, test, commission and support the control system software.


What is The Solution?

SAPHI helped develop the underground control system and the user interface that makes up the LOADPlus Underground software. SAPHI also developed a rigorous process for developing, testing, commissioning and supporting the control system software.


How is SAPHI Implementing This Solution?

The software is based on the IEC 61131-3 standard which runs on a custom-built human-machine interface. SAPHI has leveraged its years of experience working with control systems which includes:

  • PLC Programming
  • PLC User Interface Implementation
  • CAN Bus Communication
  • Danfoss Valve Control
  • Testing and Debugging of Electrical Control Cabinets


On-going support?

SAPHI has had an on-going contract with Orica since 2017.


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