Experienced industry leaders joined TOMRA Mining’s experts as guest speakers in a seminar designed to provide a solid, pragmatic grounding on sensor-based sorting. The event highlighted the important role of sensor-based sorting technologies in green mining and their potential to unlock significant value in mining projects, as well as the possibilities of digitalization for supporting customers and managing connected equipment.
This was the first live event in almost two years for many of the participants, who appreciated the opportunity to meet face to face with their peers, as Justin Taylor, President and CEO of Halyard Inc. expressed very well: “I think live events offer a much deeper look and a different dimension into how people can communicate and connect. Part of the experience is learning about things and the other half is interacting with people, building networks and relationships.”
The breadth and variety of topics covered by the speakers was a key element in the seminar’s success: “It was a good mix of speakers and topics that range from academia to on-site real case studies that were very well presented. The speakers were very knowledgeable and very easy to listen to. The seminar allowed me to gain more understanding of the basics behind the technology, the different applications, in a variety of different parts of the industry,” said Sean Kautzman, Principal Consultant at SRK Consulting.
“It’s good to get all the different perspectives,” added Ryan Cunningham, Process Engineering Director at CIMA+ “We’ve had the innovators, the laboratories, the implementers, different engineering firms. It encourages us to seek out new solutions and to collaborate, and use the technology in the best way possible.”
Justin Taylor concluded: “Most importantly, I think that the seminar put forward a whole lot of concepts or topics that aren’t usually discussed. Sorting has always been a buzzword, but it’s been spoken about in non-defined terms in previous conferences, and I think this was really focused on the type of technology that TOMRA puts forward. TOMRA being a world leader in this type of technology certainly makes it clear to people what can be done, and I think there is a lot if scope for people to understand what can be done with sensor-based sorting to optimize their sites.”
The program: a fact-based exploration of sensor-based sorting technology in mining
· Introduction to sensor-based sorting and current technology, Ines Hartwig, Jordan Rutledge, Harold Cline – TOMRA Mining
· Case study: X-Ray sorting chrome ore – a dry processing alternative to DMS, Helga van Lochem, Gavin Rech – TOMRA Mining
· Introducing final diamond recovery, Harold Cline – TOMRA Mining
· Sensor-based ore sorting – Mining Consortium perspectives, Gillian Holcroft – GLH Strategic
· Victories and lessons learned at Ma’aden: the largest sensor-based sorting project in the world, Jordan Rutledge – TOMRA Mining
· Setting objectives for sorting projects: financial and technical aspects, Ryan Cunningham – CIMA+, Jordan Zampini – DRA Global, Lina Du – Primero
· Ore characterization for sorting, Jane Danoczi – Saskatchewan Research Council
· Implementing a mobile sorting installation, Justin Taylor – Halyard Inc.
· Integration opportunities for particle sorting and bulk sorting, Robert McCarthy – SRK Consulting
· Challenges and opportunities with greenfield ore sorting projects, Marie-Claude Hallé – PGNAA & Minerals
· Case study: Dalradian gold project, Jörn Rohleder – Metso:Outotec
· Case study: sensor-based sorting ups ESG/CSR and lowers costs at Nechalacho Rare Earth Mine, David Connelly – Cheetah Resources
· The future of sensor-based sorting, Ines Hartwig – TOMRA Mining
The seminar video is available for viewing here: https://video.tomra.com/tomra-mining-holds-second