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With standardized testing, cutting-edge mineralogy, an excellent suite of bench and pilot scale equipment and experienced technical experts, we provides mineral processing laboratory and pilot test programs designed to achieve your objectives quickly and efficiently. Strong ties to a broad range of equipment and flotation reagent suppliers ensure we have the most effective, practical, and innovative methods for mineral separation.
Flotation is an incredibly robust and versatile process that is well accepted around the world. It works equally well on mixed sulfide, oxide, silicate and other ores. It relies on generating a population of bubbles of suitable size that can carry the hydrophobic target mineral (usually but not exclusively sulfide minerals) up to be recovered.
We offer scientifically proven technology to measure flotation cell hydrodynamic variables using high-end optical equipment and software. By visualizing and understanding the “hidden” factors of flotation cell hydrodynamics, SGS has the expertise to provide you with reliable data and solutions for more efficient flotation.
Beyond flowsheet development and piloting of traditional flotation circuits, we offer you a comprehensive combination of flotation circuit expertise, technologies and equipment, including:
We execute our testwork and protocols in a step-wise fashion that keeps your costs low, gives project milestones for financing while still permitting each phase of work to build on the previous. Bench scale scoping work flows smoothly into variability testing and geometallurgy and on into pilot testing at SGS.
Our typical project flow includes:
We have all of the expertise and equipment necessary to complete the flotation flowsheet with thickening, filtering or leaching test work. We have done bench and pilot plant testing on thousands of flotation projects. Our integrated mineralogy services, chemical laboratories, environmental testing and project waste disposal capabilities make us your preferred partner for trusted flowsheet development.