In order to improve a process it is necessary to measure and “benchmark” existing conditions and production results. Material handling applications in mining and mineral processing have been a challenge in the past because attempts to “quantify” production were usually disruptive and “grab samples” not necessarily representative of total production.
New technology allows you to track “size, shape and material volume” in real time in a non-disruptive, automated manner that permits optimization and process control opportunities.
This innovative technology lends itself to explosives selection, blast optimization, fragmentation analysis, crusher control, maintenance management, energy reduction, remote size measurement sensing and quality control.
We work with explosives manufacturers, aggregate producers, mining companies, metallurgists, environmental, military and aerospace groups to provide data technology to enable better decisions.
We have 20 years of experience and our motto is “Because you can’t manage what you can’t measure!”
Industrial, civil designer specializing in systems and manufacturing facilities, explosives testing, training, troubleshooting and demolition support.
Author and presenter of over 45 papers http://topexinc.com/?page_id=103 on various subjects including chapters in “Measurement of Blast Fragmentation” by Franklin and Katsabanis and the ISEE Blasters’ Handbook 18th Edition by International Society of Explosives Engineers ISBN 978-1-892396=19-8
Founding member of AOG (Advanced Optimization Group) a consortium of blasting consultants that provide fast, cost effective solutions to worldwide problems in the mining, construction and explosives industry.
Tom has enjoyed multiple international work experiences and export successes. He began his career with Dupont Canada, Explosives Division which later became Explosives Technology International (ETI). He formed the first of his own businesses ( Topex Inc.) in 1995, and shortly afterwards WipWare Inc. photoanalysis systems. He was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 by Northern Ontario Business and has received various awards for leadership and innovation by the Province of Ontario and OACETT. He was Chair of Blue Sky Mining Cluster in North Bay, is Chair of the board of directors at NORCAT, Vice President of SAMSSA, past Chair of the Board of Governors at Canadore College in North Bay and was recently appointed Vice Chair of the Board at Nipissing University and Chair of the audit and finance committee. He is past Chair of the Gateway branch CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining) and a Director at North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is currently owner and President of WipWare Incorporated, Managing Director of Topex, Explosives Consulting and is the Principal at BMG (Bonfield Mining Group).
- Machine vision and the opportunities it provides to bulk material handling.
- Novel applications of digital image analysis.
- History and evolution of photoanalysis in explosives development.
- Fewer surprises when you can measure the sizes!