Over the past two decades, Gekko has earned its reputation as a global leader in energy efficient process solutions. Further to offering innovative mineral processing technology, the Gekko Performance Consulting team has experienced an increasing demand for its Integrated Services beyond traditional Gekko products.
In each of these programs, the team has been entrusted by the client for timely, independent and professional analysis and reporting of the unique operation, query or challenge. Some of the projects the team have recently been involved include:
Geometallurgical program management and analysis
Gekko were engaged to undertake the management, quality control and assessment of a complex laboratory testwork program which included comminution, mineralogy, flotation and leaching tests on 25 future ore samples. The results of this program were then compared with historical tests to assess the relative performance of future ore sources against existing models and processing performance.
Operational measurements audits
A client in Western Australia requested verification of the accuracy of independent feed tonnage measurements by cross checking of weightometer measurements against changes in stockpile inventories over time. Supplied operational data needed to be ordered and analysed to enable the assessment and quantification of variation between the independent measurements. The final report provided independent advice on the magnitude of the originally perceived discrepancy so that the client was able to make an informed judgement on the next steps.
Operational data analysis
A client requested analysis of routine operational testwork, daily balanced operational data, and historical data. The aim was to identify significant parameters that affect operational flotation performance. The analysis was exploratory in nature, therefore regular communication of the latest findings provided opportunities for the client to incorporate site specific knowledge with the power data analysis techniques. As a result, operational process variables were rated in order of their statistical significance to process performance, allowing targeted programs to be initiated to manage the variables most critical for optimal and stable metallurgical performance.
Mechanical Service Audits
Gekko was engaged to undertake a service review of the operational and maintenance procedures in relation to the equipment in the gravity circuits, including the Mag Screens, batch centrifugal concentrators and InLine Leach Reactors (ILR) after significant reduction in gravity recovery was identified on site.
The Gekko team audit uncovered that most issues were around maintenance and operational procedures, a program of work was implemented which included on the job training for the maintenance team on all relevant pieces of equipment. As result operations were restored to historical levels.
For more information on Gekko’s Integrated Services and how it can help optimise your processing plant, please contact us.