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MEI Online: Analytical Techniques & Applied Mineralogy: Latest News: June 10th 2010


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:: JKTech’s new Geometallurgical Testing Facility Opens to much Acclaim

On the 3rd June, 2010, JKTech officially opened its new geometallurgical testing facility at Sumner Park in Brisbane. This 5,000sqm laboratory houses state of the art equipment and will be the main characterisation testing facility for geometallurgical projects as part of the AMIRA P843A (Geometallurgical Mapping and Mine Modelling) case studies. The new facility will also allow JKTech to carry out commercial testing and provide industry-based training for sponsors of the project. JKTech will continue to offer tests in the traditional fields of comminution and flotation, including the new Comminution Index, and expand to develop new indices in collaboration with researchers in areas such as blasting, leaching and environment.

The opening coincided with the bi-annual sponsor meetings held by AMIRA P843A (GeM) and P9 sponsors and researchers. This made it possible for sponsors and researchers from across the world to attend and get a firsthand look at the facility which will, in future, support many of the research projects carried out by GeM.

Dan Alexander, acting CEO of JKTech, summed up the future of the Geometallurgical Testing Facility, “JKTech is committed to turning the great scientific research outcomes of the AMIRA P843 project into useful products for the industry. This facility will initially be used by researchers, with the assistance of JKTech, to characterise the ores from a number of case studies planned over the next two years within the project. These case studies will hopefully validate not only the new ore characterisation tests but more importantly the whole vision of GeM which is improving the understanding of the variability of processing attributes within an ore body."

Guests were invited to take part in a tour of the facility which included viewing all laboratory and testing equipment, such as JK Rotary Breakage Tester (JKRBT), JK Drop Weight Tester (JKDWT), Bond Rod and Bond Ball mills, Point Load testing and core imaging. JKTech and JKMRC staff were on hand to demonstrate the use of equipment and its application to ore characterisation.

This facility will enable JKTech to perform test programs involving large sample numbers without diverting the core research programs and staff in GeM. It also has a large sample storage capacity onsite that will further increase the efficiency and quality of service offered by JKTech.

This seamless transition to quickly bringing about practical technology transfer and application to sponsors is one of the many attractive features of the GeM project.




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