DetNet provides its partners in the mining industry with the means to optimize their blasts through accurate timing and control. Blast optimisation can lead to better fragmentation and ultimately increase the productivity of a mine. A world leader in the innovative design and industrialization of electronic initiation systems, DetNet remains ahead of the increasingly stringent regulatory, safety and environmental demands.

As a 50/50 joint venture between JSE-listed AECI and Dyno Nobel, a subsidiary of Incitec Pivot Limited, DetNet is represented globally by both AEL Mining Services and Dyno Nobel, thus providing global access and support for all its products.

Located at its new, modern and purpose built offices at Modderfontein, Johannesburg in South Africa, DetNet’s range of innovative products are supplied worldwide from a decentralized manufacturing network, ensuring excellent logistics worldwide.


Using the technical skills and electronic know-how required to deliver the innovation of today and to reshape the mining landscape of tomorrow, DetNet’s electronic initiation products are valued and trusted by the global mining industry.

DetNet’s highly qualified design and engineering teams are able to deliver leading edge solutions as a result of collaboration with academia, end users and suppliers worldwide. A policy of continuous improvement enables these teams to create customized solutions for all the different markets.


Innovation is core to DetNet’s business. The fundamental driving force behind DetNet’s creativity is to conceptualise new and innovative approaches to get the job done better and turning these ground-breaking ideas into very real mining and blast enhancing technologies.

As current and future trends show, the world of mining is evolving and migrating towards the more precise electronic blast solution to enhance safety and productivity. More applications are being identified where electronic initiation systems can play a key role in the success of these mines.


The DetNet product range is available globally and is being used with great success in the South African, African, Australian, Asia Pacific, South American, North American and European mining environments. DetNet Engineers and Field Support technicians are often called upon to provide their knowledge and guidance in the conversion of mines to electronic systems around the world.

DetNet systems are recognised as one of the highest quality electronic initiation systems available. Working with the range requires our people to consider not only local issues but think globally what challenges may be faced by users around the world working in conditions from a dormant volcano on a tropical island to the frozen tundra of the northern hemisphere.

Electronic Initiation

Electronic initiation of blasts is being adopted worldwide and the mining industry is recognizing the enormous benefits of adopting this technology. Deploying electronic detonator technology means increased timing precision compared with traditional pyrotechnics and as a result better blast outcomes. In addition to the benefit of accurate real time programming, the ability to test on bench and the ease of remote firing produce tangible improvements for the blaster.

Safety and environmental awareness is increasingly becoming key drivers to any successful mining operation worldwide. Using DetNet’s technology, blasts can be better planned and greater control can be exercised over the environmental impact. Electronic detonators with their encrypted and protected firing systems provide safeguards against those who would use them for illicit purposes. DetNet’s electronic initiation systems provide an opportunity to interface with a mine’s information management system. This, in turn, assists mine management in maintaining a constant grasp on data management aspects, such as inventory control, blast productivity etc.

Customers in the mining, quarrying and tunnelling industry have reported the following benefits from using DetNet’s world leading electronic initiation systems.

· Improved and consistent fragmentation

· Controlled muckpile profile and placement

· Increased loader productivity

· Excavation profile and wall stability improvements

· Less wear on crusher and increased crusher throughput

· Improved safety and control

· Increased ability to manage environmental impact

DetNet’s offering

DetNet’s entire range of hardware, software and electronic detonators deliver tangible benefits to customers. All developments and innovations made at DetNet are rigorously tested to ensure the highest levels of robustness and safe operation.

Currently DetNet offers six product lines, which include DigiShot; DigiShot Plus; HotShot;QuickShot; SmartShot and ViewShot, allowing customers to choose the appropriate mix of flexibility, features and value in their electronic initiation system that most suits their application and needs.


Our Products

DetNet has designed, developed and commercialized a reliable and robust range of electronic detonators, control equipment and software to ensure that its technologies continually deliver tangible value to mining operations around the globe.

Currently DetNet offers seven product lines, namely: DigiShot; DigiShot Plus; HotShot; BlastWeb; SmartShotViewShot and GeoShot.

These products allow users to choose the appropriate mix of flexibility, features and value in their electronic initiation system that most suit their needs.

The product offering includes:

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SmartShotThe SmartShot electronic initiation system is a fully programmable and innovative advance in technology, enabling users to achieve accurate timing benefits

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GeoShotThe GeoShot™ Seismic electronic initiation system provides an electronic solution for seismic applications where highly accurate timing, positional information, quick deployment  and robust downline wires are required.

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QuickShotThe BlastWeb Electronic Initiation system is designed for underground use in all applications. BlastWeb is capable of initiating various types of detonators.

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ViewShotThe ViewShot blast design software package allows blasting plans to be designed and simulated on a computer that can be directly downloaded into the control equipment which enables the user to save substantial time during the blasting process

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DigiShotDigiShot is an easy to use, reliable electronic initiating system for use primarily on small surface blasting applications.

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DigiShot PlusDigiShot Plus is an easy to use, reliable electronic initiating system for use primarily on medium to large mines, where large blasting and remote firing are required.

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