Automated mineralogy delivers a particle-by-particle view of mining and mineral processing effectiveness
The outlook for the mining industry is both prosperous, as demand for both base and precious metals is expected to remain high, and challenging, due to declining ore grades, steeply increasing costs of production resources such as electricity and water, and investor pressure on operational efficiency. Mineralogy and ore texture are increasingly critical attributes that affect the ability of mining companies to extract base and precious elements from ores both economically and sustainably. A thorough understanding of ore mineralogy and texture will continue to play an increasingly important role, from upstream ore characterization, metallurgical testing and flow sheet design, to mineral processing. Textural properties of ores typically feature microscopic, sometimes nanoscopic, attributes; hence ore characterization, metallurgical testing and mineral processing are prime use cases for FEI’s natural resources imaging solutions.