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Optimizing Hydrocyclone Separation Processes

Posted in Metals, Mining, Minerals on Monday, April 29th, 2019. No comments yet
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In the mining industry, hydrocyclones are mineral processing equipment used in slurry pulps to separate coarse and fine particles according to their size and density. From Wikipedia: The mixture [slurry pulp] is injected into the hydrocyclone in such a way as to create the vortex and, depending upon the relative densities of the two phases, […]

Automating and Optimizing Copper Heap Leaching Processes

Posted in Flow, Metals, Mining, Minerals on Friday, November 9th, 2018. No comments yet
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Our world is dependent on all the copper wire distributing electricity and communications signals over great distances and throughout our homes and businesses. Mining and refining this copper into the purity required poses safety, efficiency and reliability challenges for global miners. I learned quite a bit about the mining process and its challenges from Emerson’s […]

Quantifying the Resource Efficiency of the Global Steel Sector: Why is Our Metric Better?

Posted in Energy, Metals, Mining, Minerals on Monday, September 17th, 2018. No comments yet
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Author: Ana Gonzalez Hernandez In my last post, I introduced Emerson’s new resource efficiency approach. With it, Emerson proposes a new way of thinking about resource efficiency. One that encapsulates many aspects of modern industry solutions: we leverage the value residing in available metered data, communicate key knowledge through powerful digital visuals, and do so […]

Isolation Knife Gate Valve for Medium-Slurry Mining and Minerals Applications

Posted in Final Control Element, Metals, Mining, Minerals on Monday, April 2nd, 2018. No comments yet
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Many manufacturing processes have challenging fluids flowing through their pipes and vessels. Mining and minerals have some of the most challenging with abrasive and corrosive solids in the flowing fluids. In a Valve magazine article, Challenges of Medium Density Slurry Service in Mining and Mineral Processing, Emerson’s Mike Gordon describes innovations in knife gate valve […]

China Sneezed and the Mining Industry Caught Pneumonia

Posted in Metals, Mining, Minerals on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: Alan Novak As noted in a recent Financial Post article, the world’s largest mining companies have fallen on hard times. Since 2011, global mining stocks have lost $1.4 trillion in value; more than the value of Apple, Exxon Mobil and Google combined. A few charts of the underlying commodities and related company stocks show […]