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Molycop to expand leaching, milling and flotation capabilities with Process IQ

Molycop has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Process IQ (PIQ), a mining technology provider of proprietary data analytics and visualisation, instrumentation and advanced process control solutions.

The agreement represents an exciting and important step in Molycop’s digital transformation, as the acquisition of Process IQ complements Molycop’s MillSlicer technology platform and expands its product and service capabilities across leaching, milling (comminution) and flotation, it said. Some of the solutions PIQ provides include mill vibration technology, cyanide measurement and advanced process control solutions for processing plants.

Process IQ also provides circuit optimisation consultancy through “Orway IQ”, a joint venture between Orway Mineral Consultants (OMC) and Process IQ. OMC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lycopodium.

Process IQ was established in 2011 by Pieter Strobos and Daniel van der Spuy and is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia.

On signing the agreement, Strobos and van der Spuy said: “Together, a combined Process IQ and Molycop will be able to better serve the global mining industry. We can now provide leading digital technology solutions alongside process optimisation expertise for our customers to help them realise sustainable productivity enhancements and operational efficiency.”

Molycop added: “Process IQ has established a reputation as a trusted technology partner of metallurgists and mineral processing engineers. Process IQ specialises in using technology to its full potential for its mineral processing customers. By combining specialised instrumentation with advanced process control, data analytics and visualisation, Process IQ builds solutions that deliver step-change improvements for its customers. Process IQ has established a strong market presence and reputation for delivering a differentiated technology offering focused on improving customer throughput, recovery and efficiency.”

Molycop Digital President, Darren O’Connell, said the acquisition was the next step for the digital business, enhancing the company’s position in mineral processing.

“We value the breadth of talent and capability the Process IQ team brings to Molycop, and we are excited to move to the next phase of growth for Molycop’s digital business,” he said.

The sale is anticipated to be finalised by the end of November.

CEEC heralds latest eco-efficient comminution medal winners

The Coalition for Eco Efficient Comminution (CEEC) has announced the recipients of its 2021 CEEC Medal, which recognises outstanding published research and field work that contributes to making mineral processing more eco-efficient.

For the past decade the global not-for-profit organisation has been championing greater sustainability in mining, with a strong focus on communicating knowledge, technology and approaches that reduce energy usage in the high-intensity breaking, crushing and grinding processes.

CEEC Chair, Mike Battersby, said the 2021 CEEC Medal award received 14 high-quality submissions from researchers, operators and suppliers around the world, with entries judged by a Medal Evaluation Panel of four CEEC Directors.

“CEEC congratulates each of the award recipients for their outstanding work,” he said. “Their contributions have the potential to reduce environmental impact and unlock hidden value for shareholders, not just in their own operations, but industry-wide.”

The award recipients are:

  • 2021 CEEC Medal – Technical Research
    Marcos Bueno, Janne Torvela, Rajiv Chandramohan, Tábatha Chávez Matus, Toni Liedes and Malcolm Powell for their paper titled ‘The Double Wheel Breakage Test’. This was published in Minerals Engineering, Volume 168, July 2021.

The authors collaborated from across the world, comprising Finland’s Marcos Bueno, Geopyörä and the University of Oulu’s Janne Torvela and Toni Liedes, Intelligent Machines and Systems, and Tábatha Chávez Matus, Oulu Mining School; Rajiv Chandramohan from Ausenco, Canada; and Malcolm Powell, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, The University of Queensland, Australia.

The winning paper shares the development of a prototype breakage testing device, Geopyörä, and shows breakage calibration results that indicate its potential to improve geometallurgical ore testing.

Medal Evaluation Panel Spokesperson and CEEC Director, Greg Lane, said the paper proposes a “genuinely better way to do something we already do”.

“This paper is a credit to the authors because it presents an opportunity to cost effectively increase our understanding of the ore breakage characteristics across an ore body and change the way we design plants,” he said.

“In presenting a detailed and complete description of a new testing device, this research offers huge potential to increase the scale of testing and number of comminution tests conducted for projects. This should allow for improved design outcomes, a reduction in project risk and better throughput (revenue) forecasting.”

  • 2021 CEEC Medal – Operations
    Ben Wraith, Justin Resta and Johan Welmans from Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture, Australia for their paper ‘Recent improvements in ore sorting at the Renison Tin Concentrator – target 1 Mt/a’. This was presented at the AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference in Brisbane, Australia in June 2021.

Renison is the largest tin producer in Australia, and the paper documents how the site overcame challenging conditions and increased processing rates by upgrading its ore through X-ray Transmission (XRT) ore sorting and other mine to mill and geometallurgy practices.

Lane said the well written paper provided a valuable insight into the application of ore sorting in an operating plant, describing the reason for installation, the issues, and the cost impacts.

“The efficiency gains from coarse ore rejection prior to fine grinding are significant,” he said. “This insightful publication documents Renison’s experience with ore sorting and shares the value that coarse ore rejection added to the business.”

The CEEC Medal Evaluation Panel also awarded two High Commendations:

  • 2021 CEEC Medal High Commendation – Technical Research
    ‘SAG mill energy and wear insights derived from measuring inside the Mill’, authored by Dr Paul Shelley and Eugene Davies from Molycop, Global; Jacques Olivier, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University; and Mark Atta Danso, Westgold Resources, Australia. This paper was presented at the online Comminution ’21 conference.

It was the second year running that Dr Shelley’s research on SAG mill optimisation has received a High Commendation in this category. The judges noted: “It is good to see work progressing on understanding the efficiency gains that can be achieved by understanding what happens inside a mill.

“By getting real measurements from the heart of the breakage process, the paper shows how researchers, operators and suppliers can systematically investigate methods and materials to improve milling efficiency.”

  • 2021 CEEC Medal High Commendation – Operations
    ‘Throughput improvements at the Capstone Pinto Valley Operation’, a video presentation delivered at the online Comminution ‘21 conference.

The work was authored by Umut Erol and Curtis Wettstein from Capstone Mining Corporation’s Pinto Valley copper mine in Arizona, USA, and Adrian Dance, SRK Consulting, Canada.

The judging panel said the well-presented, clear and concise presentation provided evidence of how increased fragmentation affected project efficiency and operating costs.

“The work outlines how projects can make material value improvements through diligent and well-planned work focused on optimising comminution efficiency to improve plant capacity and reduce operating costs,” the judges said.

Battersby said the CEEC Medal, now in its 10th year, would not be possible without the support of CEEC’s industry sponsors who help fund the organisation’s work in accelerating more eco-efficient mineral processing.

“Special thanks to our valued sponsors and to everyone who nominated for the award,” he said. “Abstracts from the successful papers can be viewed on the CEEC website, along with other freely available resources that catalyse industry uptake of more efficient comminution practices.”

He also paid tribute to CEEC Director, Zeljka Pokrajcic, for her stellar work in chairing the CEEC Medal Evaluation Panel for the past 10 years, before handing over the reins to Greg Lane.

Nominations for the 2022 CEEC Medal are now open, with submissions closing on 31 October 2022. Details on how to apply can be found here

Molycop enhances digital mineral processing position with Digital Control Lab buy

Molycop has announced the completion of the acquisition of the assets of Digital Control Lab (DCL), a provider of mill monitoring solutions based in Florida, USA.

DCL has an established market position in the cement and mining mill monitoring domain, combined with strong brand recognition, innovative engineering capabilities and a reputation for delivering a differentiated technology offering, according to Molycop.

The business offers the MillSlicer, TriSlicer and MillScan monitoring systems for SAG and cement mills. These systems are installed on customer grinding mills and provide real-time insight into the inner workings of these critical assets. These solutions have proven to reduce liner damage, eliminate obstruction spills, increase material throughput all while producing a better targeted output, Molycop says.

Jim Anderson, CEO of Molycop, says: “We are very excited to be aligning our efforts with the DCL team. This aquisition will enhance our position at the forefront of providers of digital solutions for the global mining and industrial markets. This is an exciting and important step in Molycop’s digital transformation adding industry-leading mill scanning technology and products to our current digital offering.

“Our vision is to leverage DCL’s market reputation, product offering, domain expertise and intellectual property in mill monitoring solutions, to build upon Molycop’s current technical service and digital technology portfolio, to create the premier platform for mineral processing circuit monitoring and optimisation.”

Dr Karl Gugel, DCL CEO and Founder, says: “We are very pleased to be joining a company that has been at the forefront of providing solutions to the mining industry for over a century. I am passionate about the future opportunities this transaction provides and look forward to a great partnership with Molycop.”

Molycop acquires MILL Trakka business to further boost mineral processing productivity

Molycop has announced the acquisition of the MILL Trakka business, with the transaction completing on November 2, 2020.

MILL Trakka is an industry innovator in sensor design and development and has a been a key partner in the development of Molycop’s mill optimisation products, the company said. MILL Trakka’s wireless sensors have been successfully deployed on the mill shell and integrated into Molycop’s SAG ball product, delivering real-time performance data from inside grinding mills.

Paul Shelley, Vice President Innovation, Molycop, said: “Molycop is proud to continue the partnership with MILL Trakka Founder, Ian Hamilton, and his team to further develop data capture solutions and extend Molycop’s circuit analysis capability and delivery of productivity outcomes to its customers.”