Au­to­mated min­er­al­ogy: adding value

The Australian Mining Review - - NORTHPARKES -

NORTH­PARKES Mines (NPM) is set­ting the bench­mark for plant au­to­ma­tion, with sys­tems like the TESCAN TIMA au­to­mated min­er­al­ogy so­lu­tion key to its suc­cess.

The TESCAN TIMA has helped the com­pany in­te­grate on-site de­part­ments and has di­rectly con­tributed to greater re­cov­er­ies and plant ef­fi­cien­cies.

NPM ore pro­cess­ing tech­ni­cal su­per­in­ten­dent Dy­lan Mor­gan said “since its in­stal­la­tion in 2015, the North­parkes on­site min­er­al­ogy pro­gram, driven by data from the TESCAN TIMA, has ad­vanced both its an­a­lyt­i­cal abil­ity and driven many crit­i­cal busi­ness pro­cesses”.

“We use the data to un­der­stand the per­for­mance of fu­ture ore­bod­ies, pre­dict the per­for­mance of changes to the plant con­fig­u­ra­tion and trou­bleshoot changes in plant per­for­mance,” he said.

“It has added huge value to our day to day op­er­a­tions and to our fu­ture Life of Mine.

“It is now an essen­tial part of the tech­ni­cal teams’ tool kit.”

The TESCAN TIMA is the most ad­vanced au­to­mated min­er­alog­i­cal anal­yser avail­able boast­ing the fastest data ac­qui­si­tion speeds.

Its ro­bust de­sign is mine site ca­pa­ble for pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ments.

Au­to­mated min­er­al­ogy is a so­phis­ti­cated an­a­lyt­i­cal tech­nique that pro­vides a de­tailed un­der­stand­ing of whole rock, plant prod­ucts and tail­ings.

Crit­i­cal knowl­edge of the ore body en­ables plant op­er­a­tors to op­ti­mise and im­prove their op­er­a­tions and con­se­quently de­liver im­proved and op­ti­mised flow­sheets.

More in­for­ma­tion on the TESCAN TIMA can be found at: www.au­to­mat­ed­min­er­al­ogy.com.au.

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