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Central West Met Fest report
The inaugural gathering of the metallurgists of the Central West of NSW was a resounding success, with 42 attendees at the event. Cowal, Cadia and Northparkes were well represented. Six presentations were given on site-based initiatives to improve overall concentrator performance, and, despite the initial nervousness of the presenters, everyone did a fantastic job. Cadia metallurgists Joshua Bubnich, Amanda Rice and Matthew Wilkens spoke on the Concentrator 2 Jameson Cell upgrade, the Read More
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Notes from the MetSoc Chair
This edition comes to you hot on the heels of a very successful 13th AusIMM Mill Operators' Conference held in Perth from 10-13 October. Congratulations to the AusIMM services team, conference chair Dean David, the organising committee and the conference delegates for an excellent event. It was great to see a great number of technical presentations and good technical discussions following each session. You can read a more detailed review of the conference by Andrew Newell here. The Read More
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Flash flotation equipment design
Flash flotation is the rapid flotation of mineral particles to produce a suitable concentrate, and normally the feed to a flash flotation cell is the cyclone underflow stream. The aim in treating cyclone underflow is to recover liberated fast-floating mineral particles before they present back to the grinding mill for further comminution. These particles would otherwise be ground finer and report to the cyclone overflow as very fine particles, where the recovery may be significantly Read More
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Top ten lists for metallurgical and mineral processing engineers
This article is republished here with permission from Mining Engineering, Vol. 68, No. 8, pp. 44-48, August 2016, by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. This article is an attempt to capture a presentation given at the 2016 SME Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Luncheon held on February 24 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. It was presented as a tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted view of several of the issues facing our industry, while identifying some of the Read More
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2016 Mill Operators’ Conference report
The 2016 Mill Operators’ Conference, held in Perth from 10-12 October, was a resounding success on many levels, with the highest attendance (465 registrants) recorded to date and strongly supported by record vendor and service provider sponsorship. The theme of 'Measure, Manage, Improve' proved very timely and resonated strongly in the 44 paper and three keynote presentations. Operators represented 22 per cent of the registrants and 37 per cent of the papers presented site experiences Read More
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On-the-job career development
My previous article covered the basic steps to follow to put together a realistic individual development plan. The last step is finding the critical three or four short-term development activities that can help you to build the skills and knowledge you need to progress toward your career goals. A great way to accelerate your development is via on-the-job work experience and learning from others. The general guideline is that about 80 per cent of your development actions should focus Read More