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:: Larox Donates Testing Equipment to Russian Research Institute

In May, Larox donated a Labox, a Larox testing equipment set, to the Ural Mekhanobr engineering and researching institute. The institute belongs to Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), the second biggest Cu producer in Russia after Norilsk Nickel. The institute is situated in the city of Ekaterinburg, the heart of Fe and non-ferrous metals mining / metallurgical activity in the Ural region. The institute is the main organization related to engineering of new projects within the UMMC holding.

It prepares also feasibility studies and carries out tests for UMMC and other Fe and non-ferrous mining companies. The core areas of the UMMC is Fe and non-ferrous metals research and engineering activities around it for the UMMC and other regional mining companies.

The relation between UMMC and Larox go back over a decade. There have been specialists visiting Larox for reference purposes, but before this event, there has not been deeper cooperation nor common projects between UMMC and Larox. Through the Labox donation, Larox aims at strengthening the relation with the UMMC institute and creating foundation for further co-operation.

The initiative to donate the Labox came from Larox after a good deal of selling two automatic pressure filters 120/144 with auxiliaries and spare parts in cooperation with one of the UMMC members - Gaisky GOK. The positive attitude of the institute was valuable in completing the deal and therefore the Labox was warmly welcomed by the institute.

The Labox will be used for filtration tests for various slurries of mining and metallurgical applications. It is especially useful for cases where the amount of slurry is limited, for example, feasibility studies of deposits’ evaluations and simulations of hydrometallurgical processes. The Labox will help the institute to put the institute’s research and engineering activity to a higher level. Before Labox there was no equipment for getting reliable results on filtration, which could be used as a basis for institute’s engineering and researching reports.

By using the Labox, UMMC will get more familiar with the Larox pressure filter technology and they will be able to educate the local specialists even outside the institute. Many specialists from the UMMC work in close co-operation with other Russian institutes of research and engineering and other professionals interested in filtration.

With Labox, the research at Ural Mekhanobr will give an alternative for the current testing methods. The Labox will make the testing more professional and increase demand for new filtration projects.




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