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IMP Automation joins FLSmidth



Mining » Iron ore mining » Iron Ore Automation Projects » Iron OreFortescue Metals Cloud Break Mine Australia

Fortescue Metals Cloud Break Mine Australia


Scope of supply: Fully automated sample preparation and analysis facility. Up to 15kg samples are entered into the system after which all processes including crushing, splitting, milling, fused bead making, XRF analysis and 4 point LOI is fully automated. The facility runs with minimal staff and produces 800 fusions per day.


Having the automated laboratory based on the Cloud Break mine site provides FMG with the advantage of very quick turnaround times on chemical analysis. Access to quick accurate chemical analysis on site enables FMG’s management to make timely informed decisions on product grade for its mining, production and beneficiation processes ensuring that the highest quality products are economically produced.


As the laboratory is fully automated human error such as sample swapping, that are common place in manual or non-integrated laboratories are totally eliminated. The robotics carry out repetitive tasks with absolute precision, while the world’s leading sample preparation equipment manufactured by Herzog in Germany automatically prepare the samples for analysis. This together with state of the art XRF spectrometry from PANalytical guarantees that the FMG facility delivers the best possible quality analytical data. 


FMG have chosen Intertek to manage the facility independently. Intertek is one of the world’s largest inspection and testing companies and owns laboratories including the Genalysis facility in Perth. Intertek is responsible for the day to day operations of the facility and will report the analytical data to FMG. Having an independent inspection company that specializes in operating laboratories ensures that FMG benefits from the collective expertise of highly experienced personnel and the independence of the operator helps to satisfy corporate governance requirements.  


Undoubtedly the FMG Cloud Break laboratory will contribute to the unprecedented success of FMG and this world class facility will become a new bench mark for laboratories in the Pilbara. 


The IMP team is proud to be a part of the FMG Cloud break project success with the design, installation and delivery of the “State of the Art” fully integrated robotic analytical facility.  




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