Automated Mineralogy Services – Geology and Exploration

The Automated Mineralogy incubator allows you to analyse large quantities of samples at an economic price
Use the instrument on an hourly rate and process the data with your own offline users license

  • Key Features

    • Liberation Analysis, Geometallurgical Optimisation, Ore Body Knowledge are key concept for economic geology
    • Mineralogy is CORE knowledge and economic geology relies on a large number of samples for a statistically viable model
    • Identify and quantify minerals automatically using the built in mineral database with limits of detection 100 x more sensitive than other techniques (XRD and IR)
    • Map mineral chemistry To determine where you are in the geological sequence
    • Understand chemical variability within entire grain populations To better understand mineral formation settings
    • Determine the mineralogy over the length of the ore zones including mineral grain size and mineral associations To optimise mine scheduling for processing and blending over the life of mining
    • Understand complex mineral relationships – at the size-by-size and particle level For provenance studies, for example, garnet or spinel group mineral chemistry in sedimentary rocks or archaeological artifacts
    • Estimate the presence of elements undetected by traditional x-ray techniques (e.g. Li, Be) Using TIMA’s data processing software to identify phases based on the proportions of other elements and stoichiometric re-calculation
    • Analyse mineral specimens, heavy mineral separates or crushed particles For a comprehensive study

From discovery to recovery, mineralogy is essential! An economical resource is dependent on the grade of the commodity and the extractability of the key mineral phases. Chemical analysis tells you the grade and the mineral chemistry tells you where you are in the geological sequence for resource definition.

The automated mineralogy with the TIMA is conducted on an instrument with a 100 samples autoloader. The autoloader enables unattended operation resulting in economic analysis. The automatically acquired data is available for off-line processing with an off-line licence

One of the aspects of petrography is the chemical definition of the samples.

Filter the chemical variability withing entire grain populations eg garnets or quantify spectra within a small grain.

Application data

  • Good alternative to optical microscopy
  • Mineral grouping to fit classification needs
  • Provenance studies using chemical composition
  • Fast scanning of HMS
  • Identify petrogenically significant minerals
  • Determine if intergrowth chemistry and solid-state conditions

  • Mineral Chemistry