Ore Recovery

NIR Spectroscopy and Ore Recovery
The oreXpress, oreXplorer and oreXpert with EZ-ID software are well-known for their mineral identification capabilities in field exploration and core logging. In these applications they provide critical data that translates into better exploration results and savings in drilling and outside laboratory analysis costs.

These mobile mineral analyzers also provide important data for the ore recovery process. A geologist, mining engineer, or mining mineralogist needs to understand what target minerals are present in the ore to determine which ore recovery process should be dealing with a hard or soft rock and affects blasting, crushing, milling, grinding, leaching, flotation – the entire recovery process.

NIR spectroscopy identifies many minerals which are not found by XRF or XRD. These amorphous minerals can include clays such as montmorillonite, kaolinite, talc, or mica and must be identified to ensure that the optimum recovery procedure is chosen. For example, a swelling clay such as montmorillonite can have an effect on everything from drilling (since it is soft it will require less energy and time to drill) to leaching (it can bring the leaching process almost to a stop).

The oreXpress, oreXplorer and oreXpert are full range, lightweight, field geological spectrometers developed for mining applications. With a spectral range of 350-2500nm and the highest available spectral resolution, the oreXpress, oreXplorer and oreXpert are well equipped for identifying clays and other minerals with the optional EZ-ID™ software. EZ-ID provides fast mineral identification by matching target samples to the GeoSPEC, SpecMIN™ and USGS spectral libraries.

EZ-ID also offers a Custom Library Builder module for creating site or application specific spectral libraries. The oreXpress, oreXplorer and oreXpert save all scans and data as ASCII files for use with third party applications to:

  • Determine mineralogy and metallurgical parameters for ore processing
  • Identify potential problem minerals, for example clays
  • Create proactive process strategies for ore recovery

The oreXpress, oreXplorer and oreXpert are available with a wide range of accessories including a mineral contact probe, benchtop analyzer probe, backpack, rugged handheld tablet and more.

oreXpress field portable spectrometer for mineral identification in the core shack can also aid in more efficient ore recovery.

SPECTRAL EVOLUTION’S EZ-ID software has identified our target sample as kaolinite using the USGS spectral library for reference. The shaded areas shown in the scan allow a geologist to concentrate on regions in the spectra of particular interest. Kaolinite is a soft mineral that can have an effect on ore processing.