Cycle Time Optimization 

Reduce equipment downtime and keep your site running optimally
Reduce equipment downtime and keep your site running optimally


Reduce equipment downtime and keep your site running optimally

As sensors, IoT devices, autonomous drilling systems and remote-controlled equipment become more commonly used in the mining industry, cycle times of the drilling and blasting process can be optimized – in effect reducing downtime, inefficiency and costs. With insights garnered from sensor data, mining professionals can more easily identify bottlenecks in the cycle and areas for improvement.

Additionally, the use of data analytics also enables modifications to drilling patterns, explosives usage, powder factor, stemming, firing sequence and other parameters based on actual conditions at the mining site. By conducting comprehensive geological assessments and using advanced modeling software, mining companies can design blast patterns tailored to specific rock types for better fragmentation and reduced downstream processing time.

However, while striving to reduce cycle time, safety remains a top priority. It is essential that strict safety standards are maintained, and that more rapid drilling and blasting processes do not result in accidents. Adherence to ESG regulations to minimize the impact on surrounding ecosystems is also a growing concern for mine operators in order to maintain sustainable investment prospects.

Key Client Challenges:

  1. How can we effectively reduce cycle times without compromising safety standards and risking accidents during drilling and blasting operations?
  2. What are the best practices for blast design to achieve optimal fragmentation, improve bucket fill, reduce the number of loading passes and decrease processing time in crushers and mills?
  3. How can we leverage advanced technologies and automation to improve drilling and blasting efficiency and cycle times?
  4. What data and key performance indicators (KPIs) should we monitor to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement in our drilling and blasting processes?
  5. What are the most effective methods for predicting equipment maintenance needs to minimize unplanned downtime and maximize cycle time efficiency?
  6. How do we strike the right balance between minimizing cycle times and controlling costs associated with advanced technologies and equipment upgrades?

Cycle time optimization in drilling and blasting needs to be managed effectively to mitigate the risk of accidents in the process. Operator training and skills development will be crucial to better decision making and to ensure teams on-site are proficient in new technologies.

Our Unison Mining experts can work closely with your team to implement the systems, processes and behavioral changes needed to ensure your employees are adhering to drilling and blasting best practices. By encouraging employees to identify areas for cycle time optimization, measurable changes can be implemented at every organizational level sustainably and safely, resulting in lasting change and efficiency gains.

Lacking data to validate or support key business decisions

Lack of knowledge to define a cohesive business or data strategy

Low speed to market and trouble adapting quickly to customer and market needs

High operational costs due to lengthy data processing times


Cycle Time Optimization

Reduce equipment downtime and keep your site running optimally
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Pattern Compliance

Assess drill pattern compliance more effectively through accurate monitoring and assessment
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Fragmentation Strategy

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Cost Per Ton Blasted

Reduce blasting costs with accurate estimations and planning
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Our mining experts have experienced first-hand the day-to-day complexities and issues that arise at the mining face, giving them a higher level of understanding and insight to meet your challenges.

Practical Solutions

By implementing level-appropriate transformation tools, our behavioral and cultural change methodologies, data management, and analytics, our goal is to create a sustainable and positive impact on your mining operations.


We go beyond strategy to offer a direct and measurable approach to success. Our commitment extends to delivering real business outcomes and helping your team sustain those changes for the long haul.

Reduce drilling and blasting cycle time without compromising safety.

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