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Gamsberg Automated Zinc Laboratory


Gamsberg is part of the Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operations and is located about 30km from BMM’s base at Aggeneys in South Africa’s Northern Cape province.

 

IMP designed, supplied and installed a state-of-the-art end-to-end automated laboratory here, which was completed in late 2018. It was recognised with an award for technological advancement by Vedanta themselves, which cements its status as one of the safest and most advanced zinc laboratories in the world.

 

Samples are scanned into the system and poured into a tray. This tray then moves through into the robot circle where an ABB IRB 6700 picks up the tray and places it into an agitator. This flattens out the sample through vibration to create a consistent sample bed depth which allows for faster drying.

 

The robot then places the tray into one of eight RD20 Rapid Infrared Moisture ovens for moisture determination and drying. After drying the sample is run through a lump breaker if required.

 

Dried samples are poured out of the trays and into buckets, which are then poured into either a crusher/splitter or just a splitter which will send a representative portion of the sample through to the second robot circle for milling. Samples are milled in this robot circle and output in sample cups in preparation for a manual fused bead XRF analysis.

 

Samples are read on one of the two XRF analysers and the results are reported automatically to IMP’s Control Track LIMS.

 

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