DetNet is a world leader in the innovative design and industrialisation of electronic initiation systems which provides its partners in the mining industry with the means to optimize their blasts through accurate timing and control, while staying ahead of the increasingly stringent regulatory, safety and environmental demands.

As a 50/50 joint venture between JSE-listed AECI and Dyno Nobel, a subsidiary of Incitec Pivot Limited, DetNet is represented globally by both AEL Mining Services and Dyno Nobel, thus providing global access and support for all its products.

DetNet’s highly qualified design and engineering teams are able to deliver leading edge solutions as a result of collaboration with academia, end users and suppliers worldwide. A policy of continuous improvement enables these teams to create customized solutions for all the different markets.

Safety and environmental awareness is increasingly becoming key drivers to any successful mining operation worldwide. Using DetNet’s technology, blasts can be better planned and this includes greater control over the environmental impact.

DetNet’s electronic initiation systems provide an opportunity to interface with a mine’s information management system. This, in turn, assists mine management in maintaining a constant grasp on data management aspects, such as inventory control, blast productivity and the like.

DetNet’s offering

DetNet’s entire range of hardware, software and electronic detonators deliver tangible benefits to customers. All developments and innovations made at DetNet are rigorously tested to ensure the highest levels of robustness and safe operation.

Currently DetNet offers six products lines, which include DigiShot; DigiShot Plus; HotShot; QuickShot; SmartShot and ViewShot, (link to products) allowing customers to choose the appropriate mix of flexibility, features and value in their electronic initiation system that most suits their application and needs.

Further, as respect for the product has grown, so the range is being used with great success in the South African, African, Australian, Asia Pacific, South American, and North American and European mining environments.

Innovation and Trends

Innovation is core to DetNet’s business. The fundamental driving force behind DetNet’s creativity is to conceptualise new and innovative approaches to getting the job done better and turning these ground-breaking ideas into very real mining and blast enhancing technologies.

Benefits of Electronic Initiating Systems

Customers in the mining, quarrying and tunneling industry have reported the following benefits from using DetNet’s world leading electronic initiation systems:

  • Accuracy of firing times coupled with ability to program any detonator
  • Any delay in milliseconds increments allows for endless opportunities to progress the art of blasting
  • Control of out of sequence blasting and a reduction in the charge mass per hole
  • Precision and timing flexibility of electronics enables a more uniform muck pile
  • Increased uniformity reduces the amount of fines and oversize material, resulting in reductions in handling costs, secondary breakage cost and improves overall efficiencies
  • Reduced impact on the environment
  • Increased loader productivity
  • Increased crusher throughput
  • Shorter cycle times
  • Improved floor conditions
  • Less wear on crusher cone
  • Improved and consistent fragmentation
  • Controlled muckpile profile and placement
  • Excavation profile and stability improvements
  • Reduced safety risks

Intellectual Capital

DetNet’s team of engineers and scientists are recognized as some of the leading developers and innovators in their field. DetNet’s personnel sit on boards of leading institutions, and also participate in development of electronic detonation technology at tertiary institutions, collaborating, sharing and developing young minds in this field. DetNet personnel also advise regulatory authorities in many jurisdictions on the standards that should be applied in the use of this emerging technology.


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