For over a century, 3M has provided the mining industry with technologies designed to improve productivity, reduce costs and protect worker health and safety. Advanced materials from 3M enhance the power of explosives, suppress acid mists, and improve industrial productivity under demanding conditions.
Enhancing Explosive Technology and Suppressing Acid Mists for the Mining Industry
Enhance explosive power with 3M™ Glass Bubbles
Low-density, high-strength 3M™ Glass Bubbles are well known as lightweighting additives. But these hollow glass microspheres have also long been used as sensitizers in water-based explosives. Efficient detonation depends on internal voids in the explosive formulation and 3M glass bubbles provide precisely that: strong, spherical, pre-manufactured voids. Formulating with 3M glass bubbles helps explosive manufacturers achieve a higher velocity of detonation and greater fragmentation. This reduces secondary blasting and energy consumption, and allows the processing of more tons per hour. 3M glass bubbles are available in a wide range of strengths and densities, making them ideal for a variety of bulk emulsion, packaged emulsion, water gel and slurry explosives. Glass bubble-filled industrial explosives deliver more consistent explosive performance … reduce the cost per ton of rock moved … and help improve industrial productivity.