Positive sense of mining industry 'pulse' experienced at SME Conference

The 2018 Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo provided a forum for more than 6,000 industry professionals from across the world to share innovative ideas, best practices and cutting-edge research in more than 120 technical sessions along with an expansive marketplace of more than 550 exhibiting companies, including FLSmidth.


The SME conference is one of the most important regional opportunities to network with industry customers and suppliers. It also gives a good sense of our competitor’s current positions in the marketplace. According to Joe Dziedzina, FLSmidth Product Manager, HPGR “Due to breadth of attendee types, the event helps provide a real feel for the pulse of the industry.” During the week, booth presence was active and several potential projects were identified.

FLSmidth was event sponsor
 FLSmidth served as sponsor for the debate session, which included a several speeches and a panel discussion on the importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace as key driver behind productivity, profitability, emerging innovations and technology advancement in mining.

Demonstrating industry leadership at SME Technical Sessions
Several technical sessions took place during SME, wherein the mining industry's best and brightest gathered to share their knowledge, experience and expertise. The session topics covered some of the most current, relevant research in the industry, and illustrated innovative solutions to many common mining challenges.  

On behalf of FLSmidth, Dave Rose served as a session chair on the topic of plant design. During the session, a white paper co-authored by Dave was presented by Jesus Gonzales from Pena Colorada, a close customer of FLSmidth. The paper summarised years of collaboration on throughput expansion, which resulted in the addition of a second comminution circuit at the Pena site.

Dave states, “This site is an important project for FLSmidth. In the many years of working closely with this client, we have installed several pieces of equipment during this expansion, including a SAG mill, ball mill, cone crusher and gyratory crusher, required for the throughput expansion. In addition, we added one new thickener and retrofitted four existing thickeners at the site to accommodate the extra tailings generated by the higher throughput.” 


Leadership in developing large-scale tailings filtration

Todd Wisdom, Director Process Line Tailings Systems, presented on Large-Scale Filtration Demonstration Plant. The paper highlighted FLSmidth’s continuing leadership in developing large-scale tailings filtration a viable economic and technical option for large scale mines. 

“Through recent advancements in filtration dewatering technology and scale, we are making filtered tailings economically viable for large mines.  In presenting these results at SME, our goal was to demonstrate FLSmidth’s industry leadership in improving the sustainability of mining, which is has been increasingly important in the eyes of the general public,” says Todd.