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Category: News

Announcing co-operation partnership with Zeiss Microscopy

MinAssist Zeiss partnership

MinAssist is pleased to announce that we have entered into a co-operation agreement with Zeiss Microscopy to provide end-to-end solutions for their MinSCAN automated mineralogy technology.  This is an exciting opportunity for MinAssist to provide our clients with a fully supported end-to-end solution for establishment and implementation of operational mineralogy programs at the mine site.  Utilising MinAssist’s experience and expertise in building value from mineralogical characterisation and Zeiss’ extensive history in the automated mineralogy field to provide comprehensive technical and logistics support we are looking forward to providing productivity driven solutions that embed mineralogical information into the day-to-day decision making process at operating sites.



Where does your operation sit on CEEC’s efficiency curve? (CEEC workshop, Vancouver, BC September 24th)

EnergyCurveLogoThe Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) runs the CEEC Energy Curve Program, a tool which allows comminution circuit operators to benchmark the energy efficiency of their operations and to
contribute anonymously to the database on which the tool is based.  This is a wonderful initiative and something that we think every operator should be involved with to help us drive a sustainable and efficient minerals industry.


Join the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC) at the CEEC Workshop in Vancouver BC on Sept 24th, 2015 from 8.30-12.30pm.



Third AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference


It’s time to start thinking about the 3rd AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference to be held in Perth, Australia from June 15-17 2016.   The AusIMM Geomet conferences provide a great multi-disciplinary venue to explore what has been happening in Geometallurgy and general characterisation of ore body knowledge.

The call for papers is currently out and abstracts are due by the 17th of August.  I strongly encourage you to take the plunge and especially if you have an example of how geometallurgy is being applied outside of academic circles on real world operations.



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

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

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.



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


ALTA free library for a great selection of papers


This year is the 20th anniversary of the ALTA conference and it is great to see that in conjunction with this milestone Alan and the team have made a selection of over 650 papers and proceedings free in their online library.  Over the years there have been many great papers presented at the ALTA conferences and the proceedings hold a wealth of information that I encourage all our readers to have a look through and make the most of.  Check out the ALTA free library here for more information.  The library will initially offer the proceedings from the 1995-2009 Nickel-Cobalt conferences, which includes 350+ technical papers. The 1997-2009 Uranium proceedings will be available late March and the 1997-2009 Copper proceedings will follow in early April, bringing the total to 650+ technical papers.


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. 



Mining: A Knowledge Cluster in Cornwall – 100 years of the Cornish Institute of Engineers

Conrish Inst of Engineers


Friday 11th October saw the Cornish Institute of Engineers celebrate 100 years of promoting engineering excellence in Cornwall with a day-conference themed around highlighting the mining knowledge cluster to be found in the region.  There was a very impressive attendance of around 150 delegates, some of whom had travelled down from a neighbouring country called England and crossed the border to attend!


It was exciting to look around the room and see such a range of delegates: both in terms of age and experience.  There were broadly fairly even numbers from three demographics: the senior industry experts with vast collective knowledge of mining in Cornwall and around the world; the ‘new-blood’ with 10+ years in industry driving some exciting new innovations, and; the students from Camborne School of Mines representing the future in mining.  As one presenter indicated, the cumulative years industry experience in the room was not far short of the age of the granite  in the region (~300-250 million years)…


The event was held in a most appropriate location: in the shadow of the head gear and engine house at Robinson’s shaft, the principal shaft for South Crofty mine.  The area has recently been regenerated as the Heartlands cultural and visitor centre and is well worth exploring by those with an interest in the mining heritage of the area.



Whats new in Process Mineralogy Technology: The QEMSCAN EXpress

QEMSCAN EXpressAt Process Mineralogy Today we like to keep abreast of what is happening in the world of Process Mineralogy.  A key tool in our field that has driven the development of Process Mineralogy over the last 3 decades are automated mineralogy systems and it is excellent to see that a wider range of solutions are being produced that move away from the research oriented full SEM based systems to more useable options.


One of the key industry players, FEI Natural Resources, has announced the release of the latest in their series of automated mineralogy tools – the bench-top QEMSCAN EXpress.  This follows a big year of releases from FEI, with the MLA EXpress a few months ago, and the release of the rugged MineSite systems.  FEI now offers a trilogy of platforms for the QEMSCAN and MLA, from the high-end laboratory system, to the affordable bench-top system, to the rugged mobile platform for remote locations.  This is great news for the industry as it offers a wider range of fit for purpose systems that can service anything from a high-end research laboratory to a mine-site laboratory. ...

News Release: Updated MinAssist website and Process Mineralogy Digital Book

ipad-digital-book 1MinAssist has today released our new website ( along with a free digital book “Integrating Mineralogy into Everyday Solutions”.


The MinAssist website has been developed to provide a simple user interface focused around promoting the value that Process Mineralogy can bring to the minerals industry.  Over the next few months we will be adding lots of exciting content on MinAssist services and a variety of resources to simplify the use of Process Mineralogy.


To complement the launch of the website we are really excited to include a free digital book for download.  The book, “Integrating Process Mineralogy into Everyday Solutions”  was written as a tool to give an overview of what Process Mineralogy is being used for, how to set up effective programs and what techniques are available.  We hope that this becomes a useful resource for anyone interested in understanding more about Process Mineralogy and setting up their own programs.


We encourage you to download the digital book and have a browse around the website.  If you would like to keep in touch with the upcoming additions then feel free to sign up to the MinAssist Newsletter so that we can keep you informed.


Any feedback on the new website and the digital book would be more than welcome.