Unlike most other commodities, iron ore testing is not just about developing metallurgical recovery processes, but spans into the primary mining resource development. Geometallurgy is when metallurgical parameters are married together with geochemistry and geological data for mining resource modelling. It is used extensively by the major DSO Hematite iron ore companies and ALS is expert in these requirements. Likewise, for thermal burden testwork and beneficiation testing (gravity and magnetic separation) for hematite and magnetite. There isn't much ALS hasn't done in this arena and all of these capabilities don't need to be limited to only to iron ore.
Once again, ALS has created a bespoke business stream for unparalleled service delivery. Iron ore programs are often characterised by large, high sample volumes that need very high efficiency and productivity to process in an acceptable timeframe. The ALS Iron Ore Technical Centre opened in 2012 in Wangara, Western Australia. Via our proficient team, with the wider support of the Balcatta campus and the Malaga ALS Geochemistry division, we offer 10,000 square meters of laboratory space and equipment to achieve your program objectives.
That depends on the sample material and extent of the program. There are so many options to consider and iron ore often has large particle sizes and SG’s to take into account. The best option is to call our metallurgists to discuss your requirement, but some rough guidelines are as follows:
Generally, yes. ALS has facilities and procedures to treat fibrous and radioactive samples. Surcharges do apply, however, to cover safety equipment, monitoring and decontamination.
ALS is a quarantine approved premises and treats many samples of oversea origin. Strict regulatory requirements are in needed around packaging and paperwork, however, ALS can advise you on these requirements.
Yes, clients are always welcome to visit our facilities and observe samples or tests in progress. Inductions are required and other rules may apply to visitors.
Yes, if a testwork program is in progress, ALS will happily dispatch testwork products and feed samples to vendors, third party laboratories, and customers as required. Fees apply.
With the exception of transfer modelling, no, as it is not our core business and would put us in direct competition with many of our clients. We can, however, put you in contact with a range of reputable engineering providers and consultants.