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Master Magnets Help To Improve Nigerian Mineral Processing

Master Magnets Help To Improve Nigerian Mineral Processing
12/06/2013

Master Magnets Help To Improve Nigerian Mineral ProcessingEarlier this year, Master Magnets were contacted by SODEX Mines in Nigeria who specialise in the mining and processing of Columbite concentrates used in the manufacture of superconductive alloys.

At that time, SODEX Mines were using some very old and outdated magnetic separators to process their material and were experiencing difficulties in upgrading their final product to the required levels. In addition to this, the worldwide demand for their product had been increasing significantly, urging their key decision makers to begin researching the latest mineral separation technologies available on the market.

Initial discussions with Master Magnets took place regarding the range of suitable equipment that is manufactured at their UK factory and it was concluded that the appropriate course of action was to conduct a series of sample tests on SODEX material in the Master Magnets laboratory.

Nigerian Mineral ProcessingSeveral tests were carried out on different fractions of ‘Run of Mine’ material which had been screened to three fraction sizes: 0•4mm – 0•9mm, 1•0mm – 1•4mm and 1•5mm – 1•9mm.

The tests were conducted on the laboratory High Intensity Disc Separator and the laboratory High Intensity Induced Roll Separator, both of which are designed to process dry granular materials.

The various fractions were given a different number of passes through the magnet zones at different intensities on both machines and three fractions recovered in each test consisting of magnetic, non magnetic and middling fractions. All the separated fractions were then sent back to SODEX for chemical analysis and following this production equipment was ordered.

An order was placed for two ‘Mastermag’ 3 disc High Intensity Disc Separators and two ‘Mastermag’ 2 roll High Intensity Induced Roll Separators. Both machines were fitted with vibrating feeders to ensure an even steady flow of material into the separation zones and discharge chutes that can be adapted for collecting the minerals in trays or sacks.

Master Magnets Nigerian Mineral ProcessingThe machinery was installed in Nigeria and has been reported as working extremely well, which is a testament to Master Magnet’s procedure of carrying out comprehensive test work to ensure that the correct equipment is always supplied for any given application.

For any current projects that you or your clients are considering, feel free to contact Master Magnets in order to benefit from their considerable mineral processing experience.

If you would like to receive further information about these machines, DVD’s are also available demonstrating their operation and set up process.

This entry was posted in News on June 12, 2013.

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