Interactive Spreadsheet Reporting – Faster and Better

Interactive Spreadsheet Reporting – Faster and Better

Petrolab is pleased to announce some significant changes to its Automated Mineralogy (AM) service. Since the introduction of our AM service in 2015, we have built our reputation as a leading AM provider for the analysis of mine site and metallurgical test samples. Because we recognise that turnaround time (TAT) is increasingly important to our clients, Petrolab has invested in additional staff and equipment (a 2nd X-ray detector!) to enable more rapid preparation and analysis of samples. We have also developed an inter-active spreadsheet reporting tool – Automated Mineralogy Chart (AMC) – which will be our default format for reporting all analysis metrics. This spreadsheet tool operates as an interactive dashboard with a drop-down menu from which to choose the chart options. There are 9 possible options to select from (see Figure below), including graphing options such as bulk mineral abundance, elemental deportment or theoretical grade vs. recovery. As well as displaying the graph of choice it is possible to toggle off which samples are to be viewed side-by-side, down to and including the individual submitted size fractions. For...
Petrolab Welcomes Hannah Jenkins

Petrolab Welcomes Hannah Jenkins

Petrolab are delighted to welcome Hannah Jenkins. Hannah has a Bachelor of Science degree from Camborne School of Mines (CSM) in Applied Geology. As part of her time at CSM she was student mentor and after graduation went on the work as a Labroatory Assistant at CSM and then a data assistant at the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub. She joins Petrolab as part of the growing sample preparation laboratory...
Ride To Rome

Ride To Rome

Later this month our office manager, Aileen Barwell along with friends Wayne, Alessandro and Dot, will be attempting to ride from London to Rome to raise money for two charities, the first being The Royal British Legion, specifically for their projects supporting Admiral Nurses who work with people (and their families who are often more affected) with Alzheimers, which is a disease that took Wayne’s father at an early age. The second charity they are supporting is Demelza House, which is a hospice that provides respite care and end of life care for children with severe illnesses and life-limiting conditions. Petrolab is delighted to be one of the many companies sponsoring the venture which will be gruelling and challenging in its own right. Over the course of 17 days (26th of July – 13th of August), they will cover 1700 miles averaging 80-90 miles a day for most of the journey, including a punishing 45 miles a day through the Alps. In the course of the journey, they’ll ascend and descend the equivalent of 1.5 times the height of Mt Everest. We are...
The benefits of multicomponent mineralogical analysis – an example from the Isortoq Fe-V-Ti deposit.

The benefits of multicomponent mineralogical analysis – an example from the Isortoq Fe-V-Ti deposit.

The R500 Isortoq project in South-West Greenland contains two titanomagnetite-rich troctolite veins striking 15 km with an inferred resource of 70 Mt and potential products of Fe, Ti and V. As with many modern exploration assessments there is a need to quantify the mineral proportions of the ore, along with the key mineral carriers of the target elements. For any complex ore where the target elements are hosted at different concentrations, in different minerals, this process of characterisation usually necessitates using multiple techniques. Generally, the concentrations of vanadium in vanadiferous titanomagnetite deposits are low (0.3 – 1.9 %V2O5) and mostly contained as solid-solution with vanadiferous titanomagnetite. It is normally recovered as a co-product with major elements Fe and Ti, which themselves may be hosted by multiple other phases. As such the assessment of mineralogy particularly benefits from combining techniques to resolve the overall mineralogy, trace element and major element deportment and liberation characteristics (Figure 1). Figure 1: Comprehensive Mineralogical Characterisation In isolation, any one of these techniques would be insufficient. Although deductions may be made, assays on their own...
Petrolab are Proud Sponsors of #ProcessMineralogy2018

Petrolab are Proud Sponsors of #ProcessMineralogy2018

Petrolab are proud sponsors of Process Mineralogy 2018 in Cape Town this month and have the privilege of presenting both at a pre-conference workshop and within the main conference. The workshop is organised by Zeiss microscopy, focussed on “New developments in Automated Mineral Analysis” and has gathered together experts from Grinding Solutions, Zeiss Microscopy, Hippo Geoscience, Mintek, Geological Survey of Finland and the Centre for Minerals Research. The workshop is free to attend and promises to be an excellent overview of the state of the art, along with driving towards the next generation requirements of the technology, particularly as it relates to addressing the currently existing challenges in industry and academia. Within the workshop itself James Strongman, Petrolab’s director, will be presenting on “Maximising the value of mineralogy, a staple rather than luxury in the Metallurgists’ diet”. The full Workshop Agenda can be found here, and is also reproduced below.     The conference presentation later in the week is the first output to come from the ATSE grant-funded work, in conjunction with the University of Tasmania into developing the use of automated mineralogy with kinetic tests. For this presentation...