Continuous improvement on metallurgical treatment plants is possible only when good data and analysis of the data are available. Good data implies appropriate and accurate mass measurement coupled with good sampling practices and accurate chemical analysis especially when carrying out monthly metallurgical metal reconciliations. Adequate characterisation of key samples (eg tailings, feed, concentrates and others) at timely intervals is an important part of a good continuous improvement program. The data from this will help identify opportunities to improve operation performance and thus profitability. Examples are provided of projects that have led to improved plant performance based on good metallurgical data collection and analysis.
Dunne, R, 2016. Using Metallurgical Data to Drive Continuous Improvement, in Proceedings 13th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2016, pp 201–206 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).