Larger-scale mineralogy study capabilities with a new QCX Robolab

FLSmidth® QCX/RoboLab® system installed at our own FLSmidth Ore Characterization & Process Mineralogy labs in Salt Lake City. 

FLSmidth® QCX/RoboLab® system installed at our own FLSmidth Ore Characterization & Process Mineralogy labs in Salt Lake City. 

FLSmidth® QCX/RoboLab® systems have been installed worldwide. Our latest system was installed at our own FLSmidth Ore Characterization & Process Mineralogy labs in Salt Lake City. The system is fully operational and ready to support your sample preparation and analytical needs.

For more than 30 years, FLSmidth has been delivering robotic laboratories to the cement and minerals industries. FLSmidth’s expansion into supply of ore characterization and process mineralogy services means that FLSmidth can make good use of the advantages of laboratory automation in its own facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The first samples were processed by the QCX/RoboLab® system in July 2013 as part of the commissioning process. Full commissioning of the system was completed in September 2013.

The addition of the QCX/RoboLab facility expands the capabilities of the newly established state-of-the-art Ore Characterization and Process Mineralogy (OCPM) laboratory in the FLSmidth Minerals Testing and Research Center. This lab serves mainly internal FLSmidth projects, but also directly supports mining customers around the world and works closely with FLSmidth's world-class in-house Dawson Metallurgical Laboratories. In the first 18 months of operation, the OCPM lab has completed approximately 200 projects for more than 30 clients. The lab decided to automate key processes, which allowed it to greatly expand its capacities without the need for significant staff increases. The QCX/RoboLab system will allow the OCPM lab to take on large-scale projects (hundreds to thousands of samples) that are often part of exploration, feasibility and geo-metallurgical studies, and be able to complete these projects in a short time period for its clients.

The QCX/RoboLab system in Salt Lake City is capable of processing 200 samples per day, with each sample up to 15 kg and up to 110 mm particle size. The sample types that will be processed in the lab include blast holes, reverse circulation rejects, drill core, bulk ore and ore variance composites. All software and sample preparation equipment in the laboratory is manufactured by FLSmidth.

A QCX/RoboLab system has been in service in Denmark since the mid 1990s, but the implementation of the Minerals Testing and Research Center in Salt Lake City allowed for a significant opportunity to build a showcase QCX/RoboLab system that was specific to the minerals industry. With the completion of the Salt Lake City QCX/RoboLab facility, FLSmidth now has an operating full-scale QCX/RoboLab system that will:

  • Enhance the ore characterization and process mineralogy departments capabilities which include:
  • Exploration and mine-site geology support
  • Geo-metallurgy for large drilling projects
  • Ore characterization to support flowsheet development
  • Support for metallurgical testing and pilot plants
  • Mineralogical services for plant re-starts, expansions and optimization
  • Bio leach support
  • Environmental characterization and technology support
  • Act as a showcase to potential
  • QCX/RoboLab system customers
  • Create a demonstration lab where potential QCX/RoboLab system customers can run their own material
  • Allow for an area for testing of new robotic equipment during R&D processes

With this system now operational, FLSmidth is able to offer larger-scale mineralogy studies for customers and showcase to potential customers in North and South America some of the latest equipment in laboratory automation. Internally, FLSmidth has the benefit of increasing laboratory capacity, optimizing analytical performance and improving safety in the workplace.

CONTACT: Kevin Ausburn