Mining solutions

Responsible and sustainable production, for high-quality products

Sustainable mining of natural resources is a cornerstone for our standard of living and prosperity. Mined materials have a wide array of applications. They play a critical role in construction (e.g., building frameworks) and power generation, and are used as commodities and minerals for industrial applications. They contribute to current green technologies – like wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicles – and the exploration of new exploitable deposits as part of the effort to counter climate change. And they are used to produce luxury goods. To play a positive and sustainable economic role in society, mined metals and minerals must be explored for, extracted, transported, and processed according to quality control processes that deliver safe and high-quality products. A wide array of Anton Paar instruments can contribute to every step of this development and production chain.

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Automated Multipurpose Powder X-Ray Diffractometer:
XRDynamic 500

Intuitive to use, with fully automated optics and alignment routines, it allows everyone, from novices to experts, to collect top-quality XRD data quickly while minimizing errors.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
  • Solid waste, landfill
X-Ray Diffraction
Exploration: Optimize the mining process and effectively plan downstream processing requirements by identifying high-value deposits and the mineral forms present
Exploration: Discover possible recovery losses ahead of time, to optimize the extraction process, by identifying non-extractable ore forms
QC and grade control: Increase efficiency and stabilize plant conditions by selecting the optimal grade
Ore processing: Optimize the operational efficiency of the mining process and the beneficiation process of the ore by rapidly analyzing the qualitative and quantitative mineral composition of the mined material
Ore processing: Reduce the costs and environmental impact of ore processing by identifying the iron oxidation state via phase analysis of the mineral ore
Quality control: Continuously monitor the processed ore quality in order to quickly respond to changes
Tailings analysis: Reduce wastage and potential environmental damage by identifying compounds of value that can be recovered from tailings

Mercury intrusion pore size analyzers:
PoreMaster

Mercury intrusion porosimeters to determine the size distribution and volume of the macropores in materials. Safe and convenient operation.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry
Site evaluation: Evaluate groundwater movement and pollution by quantifying pore size

Single-station gas pycnometers for true density:
Ultrapyc

Anton Paar’s Ultrapyc gas pycnometers measure the true density of solid materials, powders, and foams. They are the most accurate and precise automated gas pycnometers available.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Cement
  • Drilling mud
  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
  • Coal, graphite
  • Solid waste, landfill
Gas Pycnometry
Site evaluation: Evaluate groundwater movement and pollution by quantifying rock porosity
Formulating well cement: Calculate target solid % and improve accuracy of Blaine measurement, to produce a cement with proper support and thermal insulation
Formulation of drilling fluids: Obtain the optimum density for hydrostatic pressure and circulation
Ocean transport of ore fines: Perform safety calculations to avoid loss of vessel at sea via evaluation of the risk of liquefaction for a particular load
Settling tank/pond/basin design: Calculate the sedimentation times of tailings/washings for more efficient operation and lifecycle management to reduce overall costs and land use
Froth flotation (separation of beneficial minerals): Optimize the slurry concentration from pulp density by determining the size and number of flotation cells for a given capacity
Coal washability test: Maximize the economics of separating coal from rock and minerals by optimizing the density of fluids in float-sink tanks
Quality control, packaging and transportation: Receive the correct volume of pulverized rock (ore)
Tailings dam safety: Measure the density of dry tailings, saturated tailings, fines and slime for improved risk assessment
Waste gypsum: Determine the suitability of recovered waste material for use in mortars, and calculate formulation

Automated representative sampler:
Micro Rotary Riffler

Micro Rotary Riffler is an automated representative sampler. Read on to learn more about its features and technical specifications.

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  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
Sample Preparation
Metals analysis: Obtain a small aliquot from ground/milled material that has the same composition as the larger sieved sample, which can be directed towards multiple physical and chemical analytical methods

Microwave digestion system:
Multiwave GO Plus

The Multiwave GO Plus microwave digestion system with the patented Directed Multimode Cavity (DMC) provides the best of both monomode and multimode microwaves.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Waste/process/treated water
Microwave Digestion
Exploration of possible mining sites: Analyze metal content in mineral samples from exploration
Waste water quality determination: Perform microwave digestion on waste water so that it is ideally prepared for further elemental analysis

Microwave digestion system:
Multiwave 5000

Multiwave 5000 microwave digestion platform: 64 samples in 1 run, digestion and more, a customizable interface, >500 pre-installed programs, sensor technology, a hands-free door.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Sludge
Microwave Digestion
Exploration of possible mining sites: Analyze metal content in mineral samples from exploration
Sludge analysis: Perform robust and easy-to-use acid digestion of sludge prior to environmental trace analysis of toxicologically and environmentally relevant elements (ICP, AAS, etc.).

Microwave digestion system:
Multiwave 5000
+ 20SVT50

Multiwave 5000 microwave digestion platform: 64 samples in 1 run, digestion and more, a customizable interface, >500 pre-installed programs, sensor technology, a hands-free door.

SVT vessels for Multiwave 5000 have been designed to withstand the highest temperatures and pressures while the tool-free handling of the three-part vessel helps you save valuable time.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
  • Coal, graphite
Microwave Digestion
Mining and excavation: Dissolve rocks containing elements of interest prior to subsequent analysis (ICP, AAS, etc.)
Refinining, extraction, smelting (=purification) of various ores: Perform fast and trouble-free acid digestion with high throughput, without contamination or loss of analyte
Quality control: Perform fast and trouble-free acid digestion with high throughput, without contamination or loss of analyte
Caustic leaching of bauxite: Simulate the industrial Bayer process on a lab scale to determine optimum conditions for the industrial process
Extraction, refining and quality control of coal and graphite: Reliably digest highly reactive samples such as coal, coke and graphite, which require high temperatures

Microwave Digestion System:
Multiwave 7000

The core feature of Multiwave 7000, the PDC, allows acid digestion at temperatures up to 300 °C and pressures up to 199 bar. Vials with plug-on caps are available in different sizes made of glass (disposable), quartz, or PTFE-TFM.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
Microwave Digestion
Exploration of possible mining sites: Analyze metal content in mineral samples from exploration
Refinining, extraction, smelting (=purification) of various ores: Perform fast and trouble-free acid digestion with high throughput, without contamination or loss of analyte
Quality control: Perform fast and trouble-free acid digestion with high throughput, without contamination or loss of analyte
Caustic leaching of bauxite: Simulate the industrial Bayer process on a lab scale to determine optimum conditions for the industrial process
Refining, extraction, smelting of platinum group metals (PGMs): Long-term digestion of highly demanding PGMs in unsurpassed digestion conditions of up to 280°C

Hot block digestion system:
Multicube 48

Multicube 48 is used for high-throughput open-vessel acid digestion with high-purity polypropylene vials and intuitive touchscreen interaction.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Solid waste, landfill
  • Waste/process/treated water
  • Other environmental samples
Hot Block Digestion
Refinining, extraction, smelting (=purification) of various ores: Perform digestion of lead prill after fire assay or fusion process with 48 digestion positions at once
Quality control: Perform digestion of lead prill after fire assay or fusion process with 48 digestion positions at once
Environmental control of mining site and refining site: Analyze water and soil (48 samples at once) for contamination with harmful elements

Rotational viscometer:
ViscoQC

Viscometer for quality control with a choice of spindles. Easiest operation by delivering fully traceable results and eliminating risk of user errors.

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  • Crude oil, drilling fluid, fracking fluid
Rotational Viscometry
QC of drilling fluids: Smoothly transport drilling muds via determination of viscosity at rest and during pumping of bentonite

Rotational Rheometer:
RheolabQC

The RheolabQC rotational rheometer from Anton Paar puts high-end R&D technology to use for convenient routine rheological tests in quality control.

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  • Crude oil, drilling fluid, fracking fluid
Rotational Rheometry
QC of drilling fluids: Smoothly transport drilling muds via determination of viscosity at rest and during pumping of bentonite

Particle size analyzer:
PSA

The PSA series measures the particle size of dry powder and liquid dispersions from the micrometer to the millimeter scale with laser diffraction technology.

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  • Crude oil, drilling fluid, fracking fluid
  • Drilling mud
  • Cement
  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Oil & refrigerant (OCR)
Laser Diffraction
QC of drilling fluids: Maximize the (re)usage of drilling muds by detecting low-gravity solids (LGS) as they build up, via monitoring of particle size distribution (PSD)
Ore grinding: Prevent energy wastage on unnecessary grinding, by determining and thus eliminating fine and ultrafine particles
Ore grinding and separation: Produce uniform particle size to prevent ore separation bias, via particle size optimization to control the separation behavior
Quality control of processed ore: Determine and monitor the particle size distribution of processed ore to ensure consistent quality of the final product

Modular Compact Rheometer:
MCR 72/92/ 102e/302e/502e/ 702e

Perfectly equipped for all types of rheological quality control and high-end analysis with the modular compact MCR rheometer family.

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  • Crude oil, drilling fluid, fracking fluid
  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
  • Sludge
Rheometry
Hydraulic fracturing: Predict the flow behavior of the mixture of water, chemicals and sand used for fracking at high pressures and various shear rates
Slurry transport (ore and tailings): Analyze and lower the yield point of ore slurry to avoid downtime of the processing plant and assure an efficient transportation process
Slurry storage (ore and tailings): Determine the necessary shear rate to keep mineral particles suspended during storage
Dilution of tailings slurry: Efficiently dilute tailings to enable pumping, while minimizing discarded material

Powder Cells for MCR:
Shear Cell & Flow Cell

The complete powder rheology setup with the powder shear cell and the powder flow cell gives you all the possibilities you need for the characterization of your powders and granular media.

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  • Mining, ore (pre-work up)
  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
Powder Rheometry, Rheometry
Ore transport: Avoid issues during transport and storage of powdery materials by simulating mechanical transport
Processed ore transport: Improve the pneumatic transport of processed powders by determining fluidization behavior

High temperature viscometer and rheometer:
FRS

High temperature furnace rheometer system, to measure the viscosity of materials like glass, ceramics, and metals with a high melting point of up to 1,700 °C.

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  • Other geological samples
  • Metal
  • Coal, graphite
Rheometry
Metal extraction from slag: Determine the optimum viscosity for processing via temperature-dependent viscosity measurements
(Thixo-)casting and rheocasting of metals: Determine the lowest possible process temperature where material shows sufficient flowability but minimized shrinkage
Coal combustion for energy production: Find out the temperature and composition at which a predefined viscosity (viscosity for flow down the reactor wall) is reached

Surface area and pore analyzers:
Nova

All-in-one Nova BET analyzer series: Up to 4 analysis and 4 degassing stations; up to 4 BETs in 20 mins, 4 isotherms in 8 hours; 2 % reproducibility with ≥2 m2 total measurement surface area.

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  • Mining, ore (post-work up)
Vacuum Volumetric Gas Sorption Analysis
Slurry stabilization: Calculate the proper amount of dispersant/stabilizer to reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary, excess dispersant/stabilizer