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Category: Mineralogic


Upskilling the Workforce using Operational Mineralogy

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Increasingly mining companies are recognizing the need to take on new technology developments in order to increase the efficiency and productivity of their operations and stay ahead of their competitors. Having highly skilled staff is important in making the implementation of new technology a success; however, finding such staff is an increasingly difficult task. Mining operations employ hundreds of employees with many different skill sets and upskilling these existing staff is the best way to fill any new positions created. Providing training and further education for existing staff can have many other benefits in the longer term including increasing staff morale, longer staff retention, and higher productivity.

 

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iMin (mineral) – building operational mineralogy capability for minerals processing

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The iMin(mineral) package was developed by Dr Will Goodall at MinAssist as a tool for minerals processing operations to effectively access routine mineralogical information generated on-site.  The tool has subsequently been developed through iMin Solutions to allow for more focused development and marketing.

 

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The iMin Workbench – A framework for predictive control with mineralogy

Since the introduction of automated mineralogy almost 40 years ago the holy grail has been to bring the capability to operational sites.  Having mineralogical information at our fingertips in a form simple enough to be used in day-to-day decision making is something that is well established in bringing huge benefits to operations, but it is only now, with the introduction of ruggedised SEM systems and cloud based expert support becoming a reality.  Pioneers such as Wolfgang Baum with Phelps Dodge and Robert Schouwstra with Anglo Platinum, among a swathe of others have highlighted the positives that integrating mineralogy into process optimisation can bring when applied on a project basis.  More recently the success that we have had at Kansanshi Copper Mine is testament that this can be extended to the day-to-day operation of large complex sites.  Now that this capability is at our fingertips it is time to start thinking about how all this extra data can be useful for operations, without overwhelming the site personnel and becoming more trouble than it is worth.

 

After the introduction of iMin Solutions I wanted to introduce the framework in which we are developing not only generation of mineralogy on-site but the support structures that need to be in place to make the most value from that investment.  Today I will introduce the iMin Workbench, which is the framework in which we will tie the generation of mineralogy information on-site with how it can be integrated with existing datasets to bring true predictive analytics to our operations.

 

How the iMin Workbench can be implemented to add revenue to your operation

How the iMin Workbench can be implemented to add revenue to your operation

 

 

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Introducing iMin Solutions – a new way to build mineralogy capability in operations

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We are pleased to announce that MinAssist, along with Petrolab have teamed up to establish iMin Solutions, a company focused on bringing greater mineralogical capability directly to the mine site and mineral processing plant.  The driving influence of iMin Solutions is to provide accessible mineralogy solutions for operations, with a focus on data integration and remote support to generate more value from an improved understanding of mineralogy.

 

iMin Solutions provides tools to mineral processing operations to improve profitability through better use of processing data. In doing this iMin Solutions focuses on facilitating on-site personnel to make use of data through accessible expert support. This is achieved with the use advanced technologies to enable generation, communication and analysis of data in minerals processing operations.

 

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Petrolab adds new automated mineralogy capability

 

Image of concrete samples mapped using the new Petrolab system for evidence of thaumasite sulphate attack (red in the image) (Image courtesy of www.petrolab.co.uk)

Image of concrete samples mapped using the new Petrolab system for evidence of thaumasite sulphate attack (red in the image) (Image courtesy of www.petrolab.co.uk)

Petrolab, our great friends in Cornwall, UK have been busy over the last few months building up their capability in automated mineralogy.  It is great to see that they have added a new Zeiss automated mineralogy system with Mineralogic Mining to their already strong suite of process mineralogy services.  The team at Petrolab has always offered great service and we’ll be looking forward to seeing some of the great things they can do with the Zeiss system.

 

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Zeiss release Mineralogic Mining 1.2 update

Mineral map of Blueschist taken from Täschalp (Switzerland), sample courtesy of Dr. Sarah Owen

Mineral map of Blueschist taken from Täschalp (Switzerland), sample courtesy of Dr. Sarah Owen

ZEISS have announced the release of version 1.2 of Mineralogic Mining – their automated mineralogy software system. The latest version delivers a host of new features and benefits, including:

 

– Multiple-system integration

– Expanded suite of measurement modes

– Optimised time to result

– Improved data explorer layout

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Zeiss release Mineralogic Mining 1.1 update

Nickel sulphide ore by Mineralogic Mining. Sample courtesy of The University of Leicester, UK

Nickel sulphide ore by Mineralogic Mining. Sample courtesy of The University of Leicester, UK

Zeiss microscopy have recently announced the release of version 1.1 of their Mineralogic Mining software.  After releasing Mineralogic Mining in July 2014 Zeiss have been working hard to expand the capabilities and provide a tool that can be targeted at on-site mineralogy as well as the laboratory.  MinAssist have been fortunate enough to work on a project over the past 6 months using the Mineralogic Mining software and have been pleased with what it offers. 

 

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ZEISS Mineralogic-Mining: a new automated mineralogy system on the market

This week, ZEISS released the latest automated mineralogy system to hit the market; Mineralogic-Mining.  Mineralogic-Mining combines a scanning electron microscope with one or more EDS detectors, a mineral analysis engine and the Mining software plug-in, and is available on a range of ZEISS SEM platforms including tungsten and FEG options.  ZEISS have a long-running history in the automated mineralogy field, with many instruments around the world based on ZEISS platforms, and this latest release represents one of several new products coming to the market from their expanding natural resources group.

 

 

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