Automated mineralogy is a valuable exploration toll, but can also be used for grade and environmental control, plant optimisation and other useful areas.
Some of the known benefits of automated mineralogy (AM) include power savings. A “reduction in overall power usage during the comminution stage of processing” is possible according to Kathy Evans of JKMRC. Then there is improved metal recovery-“understanding liberation of valuable minerals from gangue” explains Norm Lotter, Xstrata Process Support.
Alan Butcher, Manager Natural Resources Strategic Marketing, FEI Australia also points out the benefits of a “reduction in leaching consumables – cost reduction in usage of leaching reagents and more efficient extraction.” And in geometallurgy, “prediction of ore behaviour prior to processing, even at the exploration and discovery stage.”
This post is based on an article by John Chadwick. Read it here.