Our process assessment offers additional value to your flotation process by gathering in-depth information that is not available from the automation system or daily sampling.
In-depth analysis and status of current production performance
Performance benchmarking against similar global operations
Identification of potential areas for improvements
Recommended upgrade path with ROI calculations
A deep understanding of flotation is key to developing the best solution for process optimization.
The purpose of the Flotation Process Assessment is to gather in-depth information on the process that is not available from the automation systems or from the daily sampling to manage the information by looking for tailor-made solutions.
To implement reasonable improvement steps, the current state of the process must be investigated. Based on the gathered information, proper ways of working or modernizations should be selected with a realistic estimate of profitability improvements.
Our Flotation Process Assessment covers the main disciplines of debottlenecking the flotation performance and can be tailored to focus on certain disciplines or all of them. Ideally, the assessment is conducted by selecting the most important information for future decision making. This service includes extensive site work as well as a deep back-office data analysis.
In flotation operations, the metallurgical team follows the daily production and is equipped to respond to any changes in the process to maintain concentrate quality at the specified level and maximize recovery.
Common questions during daily operations are:
“What are today’s recoveries and grades?”
“Are the mills running with maximal throughput?”
“Are we within the budget?”
Questions that are often overlooked:
“What could be the recovery?”
“Where are we losing valuable minerals?”
“Is the equipment operating at its best?”
To answer these questions, a process audit coupled with laboratory-scale tests is required. When combined with process modeling, this procedure can be used to evaluate the possible benefits of plant modernizations.
Our four step approach
Step 1: Preparation or analysis of existing statistical plant data including:
Step 2: Sampling
Sampling is conducted on a focused flotation area
Samples are taken from the feed, tails and concentrate
Process conditions are monitored in the control room
Step 3: Hot lab flotation test
Hot flotation tests identify potential of current ore
Metallurgical performance in the laboratory and plant are compared and further analyzed using our HSC chemistry software
Step 4: Reporting:
A report, recommended solution, and value-adding process modifications are provided by our metallurgical experts