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Effectively Installing and Commissioning Flotation Equipment


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Author J L Heath, B Murphy and P Bourke


Installation of flotation equipment is a lengthy and intricate process involving conceptual design, detailed design and layout, equipment installation, equipment commissioning and handover prior to the plant commencing operation. During these steps, mistakes are often made that lead to increased costs and/or schedule delays in bringing the new equipment online.

This paper presents a series of
recommendations for the installation and commissioning of flotation equipment to
minimise mistakes and ensure that plant production commences efficiently with a
minimum of resources. The advice herein is based on lessons learnt from recent
flotation equipment commissioning. It is intended as resource material for
flotation plant designers, construction contractors, metallurgists and
operators, and is applicable to both new and existing plants.


Heath, J L, Murphy, B and Bourke,
P, 2014. Effectively installing and commissioning flotation equipment, in
Proceedings 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2014 , pp 399–404 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).