Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Journey from Mineralogy through Validation to Control and Optimisation

With on-site automated mineralogy, increased computing speed and ruggedised sensors the dream of monitoring and controlling mineral processing plants using mineralogy rather than chemistry is fast becoming a reality.
Current mineralogical analysis allows users to determine the mineralogical composition of mineral samples, indicate mineral associations and mineral particle sizes. This data enables an initial evaluation of the sample, giving indicative liberation sizes and possible mineral recoveries and grades. This data is augmented with targeted laboratory trials to validate predictive models and linking metallurgy to mineralogy. In conjunction with advanced sensors and control software this then enables monitoring, controlling and optimising the process in real time.
The combination of initial analysis, through validation to model development and final implementation via a “Big Data” platform brings the opportunity for plants to maximise their financial gains by maintaining operations at near optimal conditions. This will be the basis of a free seminar, immediately prior to Comminution '18, on 15th April at the Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, hosted by conference sponsor Grinding Solutions Ltd, showing the journey that Grinding Solutions and their partners Zeiss, iMin Solutions and believe is the future.
This is an open event catering for both MEI Comminution ‘18 conference attendees and any other industry professionals and follows on from a very successful mineral processing seminar hosted in Portugal in September 2017.
The Grinding Solutions seminar in Portugal in September 2017
Further information on the presentations will be available nearer to the time following sign-up and will also be available on the Grinding Solutions Website.
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  1. For me,good mineralogical studies are much more important than routine chemical analyses because they give real road map to select proper equipment/right information on performance of each unit operation in a plant/ and strategies to adopt for good process control. I feel this effective linkage is much needed and I hope mineralogist and mineral engineers understand how interlinked their areas of interest and specialisations are.

    1. Hello Rao, That's exactly the point we wish to bring across in this seminar. There's some great developments providing better access to mineralogy, which we'll showcase together with new ways of analysing/integrating this data to optimise a plant.


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