Ontaris GmbH & Co. KG

Track & Trace for explosives – a case study, half a year after its introduction

As of 5 April 2013, all producers of explosives are obliged to mark every last blasting cap, cartridge and detonating cord with an unequivocally identifiable number. For end users traceability became mandatory on 5 April 2015. This report recounts the practical application of an Ontaris-proprietary digital delivery note for a blasting operation at the Alme quarry, a limestone pit operated by SHI - Sauerländer Hartkalkstein-Industrie GmbH.

It’s 7.00 a.m. on what promises to be a beautiful autumn day. A truck with a fresh load of explosives is parked in the yard. A forklift is transferring the explosives from the truck to the bucket of a wheel loader that will take the material to the blasting site.

1 Receiving: quick and easy

Alfons Planken, blasting boss at SHI’s Alme limestone quarry in Bad Wünnenberg, is busy inspecting the delivery, i.e., checking off each individual item on the delivery note. For years now, he has followed this same routine for inspecting and accepting each new delivery. What’s new, though, is that since last...

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