Minerals Technology Center opened in Salt Lake City

FLSmidth Salt Lake City recently opened a new facility combining five legacy companies, across eight locations, and scattered 40 km apart. An important component was to design and build a state-of-the-art Technology Center for Minerals Processing.

The Technology Center houses

  • 9,600 square metres of offices/public space
  • 1,500 square metres of bench-scale laboratories
  • 1,600 square metres for the pilot test laboratory
  • 2,600 square metres of storage/warehouse
The combined capability of the legacy Dawson Metallurgical Laboratories, Dorr-Oliver Eimco Separation Laboratories, and Cardwell Geochemical Laboratories means a full complement of testing is available to support sales and provide additional resources to Research and Development
— Mick L. McCaslin Director, SLC Technology Center FLSmidth Minerals United States

Combined minerals technology resources
Complete with offices, conference and training rooms, testing labs, R&D facilities and warehouse, the new global Minerals Processing Technology Center combines many years of experience. Almost 400 employees were relocated here from five legacy companies from the immediate Salt Lake Valley area as well as from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, India, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Chile, and Finland.

The combined capability of the legacy Dawson Metallurgical Laboratories, Dorr-Oliver Eimco Separation Laboratories, and Cardwell Geochemical Laboratories means a full complement of testing is available to support sales and provide additional resources to Research and Development.

These capabilities include:

  • crushing
  • milling
  • screening
  • flotation
  • sedimentation
  • filtration

They support many industries including ferrous metals, fertilizers, fossil fuels, non-ferrous metals, and precious metals.

Environmentally and technologically advanced
The core and shell of the two buildings are LEED approved (a green building certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environ-
mental Design programme), something that is highly unusual in a building designed for industrial laboratories. Part of the effort to achieve this certification was to specify a three-stage air conditioning unit for office space that takes advantage of ambient air, evaporative cooling, and refrigerated air to minimize energy consumption while maintaining a comfortable environment. Because of the specialized use of individual laboratories, each is equipped with its own heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system.

Additional energy saving features were provided, including motion sensing lights where practical, sky lights in the pilot lab and warehouse, and the ability to energize lights in stages so that it is not necessary to use all lights at all times. The physical plant includes central vacuum, compressed air, and de-ionized water for the laboratories.

Please visit us
Now that construction is complete and the laboratories and personnel have been relocated, FLSmidth is poised to facilitate rapid growth in Minerals sales and expand our research and development horizons. If your business brings you to Salt Lake City, we would be very pleased to show you our new Technology Center. It is truly a world-class facility.

CONTACT: Mick L. McCaslin