In order to satisfy rigorous due diligence requirements in the modern project development process, most flotation concentrator projects will need to undergo piloting to prove the process can run effectively in continuous/dynamic operation and meet the process design criteria (PDC) achieved on the bench. Considering continuous flows, recirculating streams, larger cells, industrial reagent grades, grinding and water chemistry, a successful bench regime will not automatically scale-up to a successful continuous circuit. It takes a specialist skill set to bring all of the technical and operational parameters together and ALS has that skill set along with a massive equipment inventory and decades of flotation piloting experience.
Every bench scale flotation test regime and circuit can be completed at pilot scale with continuous operation. As mentioned above, and assuming the requisite technical acumen at ALS, the real test of successful flotation piloting is achieved by bringing together the following factors in one package:
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This cannot be answered accurately as every scope of work will be different and pilot plants can be scaled to a degree to comply with an available mass.
Yes. Fees and charges apply to cover addition costs and penalty rates. Available personnel may also be commensurate with the prevailing labour market conditions.
Generally, no. We need our equipment at our labs and hire is not our core business.
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.
Generally, no. Insurance and safety protocols typically prevent renting laboratory space, and this is not part of ALS’s business model. Clients are able to visit and witness testwork, but this is to observe only. Typically, clients may attend on 24/7 piloting campaigns and interact with senior staff members for technical and operational issues.
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.
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.
Grinding always precedes flotation pilots followed by materials handling. Other areas may include:
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