AXXIS TITANIUM™BLASTING BOX

Technical Data

Voltage

  • 24 V rechargeable Li-ion batteries

Battery life

  • 12 000 mAh
  • Battery life is dependent on the number of detonators in each blast
  • Batteries are non-user replaceable

Operating temperature range

  • -40 °C to +60 °C (-40 °F to +140 °F)

Box mass

  • 3.9 kg (8.6 lb)

User interface

  • Colour LCD with variable intensity and contrast setting 
  • 2 000 x 1 500 point resolution

Controls

  • Two rotary switches with spring loading on the full-right position for firing a blast in controller mode communication interface
  • Ports for antenna, charging, USB, harness wires, and link cable

Number of detonators per blaster

  • 1 000

Maximum blasters per controller

  • 200

Wireless

  • Wireless range between boxes
  • 1 000 m to 5 000 m (0.6 mi to 3.1 mi) line of site
  • Depending on the country’s frequency allocation:
    158.325 MHz, or 433 MHz, or 915 MHz

Detonator communication

  • Two-way communication protocol between blasters and detonator
  • All detonators are interrogated before blasting time

Conforms to specification

  • SANS 1717-1: The South African National Standard for:
    The design and approval of EDD initiation systems for use in mining and civil blasting applications

Resistance to electrostatic discharge

  • Electrostatic discharge immunity test
    (±8 kV contact, ±15 kV air)
  • Electrical fast transient/burst immunity
    (±2 kV)

Calibration intervals

  • Every 2 years from previous certification 

Effective radiated power

  • ETSI EN 300 220-1 V1.3.1 (2000-09) European Standard
    CISPR 11 Radiated Emissions: 30-1 000 MHz

Water resistance

  • IP 67 when closed
  • IP 65 when open

Drop test

  • IEC 60068-2-32:1975 with drops from a height of 500 mm (19.7 in)

Blast Boxes

  • AXXIS TITANIUM™  blast boxes are each enclosed in a yellow robust plastic case that is half the size of a GII™ blasting box.

  • Box control is simple, with double rotary switches for switching a box on, placing it in standby mode to open the communication channels, and firing the blast.

  • Wireless communications are achieved through two selectable open-band frequency channels (400 MHz and 900 MHz) that can be configured based on the site requirements.

  • All AXXIS TITANIUM™ blasting boxes are the same, but each one can be configured either as a blaster or as a controller,  to accomplish its required function.

  • The blasters are placed at each blast site and connected to the surface wire harness. No power is supplied to the detonators until the controller arms the system at blasting time.

  • Up to 200 blasters can be controlled and fired from a single controller.

  • In large single blasts where more than one blaster is needed, AXXIS™ link sets can be used to hard-wire (link) the boxes.

  • Each blaster can fire up to 1 000 detonators.

System Details

The process for setting up and switching on each blaster is:

1

After testing the harness lines, connect the harness lines to the blaster.

1

2

Switch on, using the left rotary switch.

The box self-tests.

2

3

Switch to standby mode, to open the communications channels, using the right rotary switch. 

The detonators are not powered up.

3

4

Leave the site and move to the firing point.

4

Controller Box

Final testing is done on the harness lines, using the AXXIS TITANIUM™ logger, before the harness line is connected to the blaster.

  • Only one controller box can be configured per blast. The key logger must be present to authorise the arming and firing of the system. 
  • On the arming of the system, each blaster powers up its detonators, and testing routines automatically start and continue until firing time.
  • Detonators respond by exception, allowing a quick testing time and immediate warnings to the operator through the colour screen on the box and the key logger.
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