Method and apparatus for wireless blasting with first and second firing messages

  • US 10,429,162 B2
  • Filed: 12/01/2014
  • Issued: 10/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for wireless detonator blasting, comprising:

  • using a wireless enabled bridge unit coupled with a blasting machine via a communications cable, wirelessly receiving a wireless fire command message from a master controller;

    using the wireless enabled bridge unit, sending a first fire command message to the blasting machine via the communications cable;

    using the wireless enabled bridge unit, selectively sending a second fire command message to the blasting machine via the communications cable in response to receiving a fire command acknowledgment message from the blasting machine via the communications cable; and

    using the wireless enabled bridge unit,wirelessly receiving a wireless verify command message from the master controller via the wireless transceiver,sending a first verify command message to the blasting machine via the communications interface, andselectively sending a second verify command message to the blasting machine via the communications interface in response to receiving a verify command acknowledgment message from the blasting machine via the communications interface.

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