In early June, myself, Kevin Meisner our Education Coordinator and Leonie Tomlinson from Hunter Dickinson (a Board Member who is also our Industry Liaison Representative) headed north to Kamloops to visit ALS Metallurgy, to check out bench scale froth flotation equipment so that we can upgrade the flotation demonstration on our public and school tours.
The visit came about in thanks to the BC/Yukon branch of the Canadian Mineral Processors. We have been thrilled over the last few months to be in conversation with them about upgrading our flotation demo through their generous financial support and expertise. At their suggestion we realized that a visit to Kamloops was the best way for us to identify ways in which we could make this large scale technique, so impressive and so crucial to mineral processing, viable on a table top.
There's always something rewarding about setting out on a road trip early in the morning, especially when the sun is shining. Our trip to Kamloops - and the scenery over the Coquihalla - was no different. Likewise, we were rewarded at the ALS Metallurgy labs by a tour around their testing facilities. This lab performs mineral processing and testing for mines around the world. Irrespective of our own needs, it was fascinating to see what goes on here. We definitely left with a sense of the care that industry takes to ensure ore is being processed as efficiently as possible.
Through our discussions with the CMP and our tour at ALS Metallurgy, we quickly realized that to enhance our flotation demo, we could also incorporate the prior grinding stage as well as the post-flotation thickening and dewatering stages. This would be a huge boost for us, allowing school students in particular to gain from this increased visual representation of the overall flotation process. And with the right combination, we will also likely be able to create that impressive concentrate froth that is so appealing; far more than we are currently able to do.
The next step is to take this information and work out how we could integrate such equipment into our operational limitations. Thanks again to Scott Martin, Mark Adams, Berge Simonian and the team from the CMP as well as to Rob Sloan from ALS Metallurgy, for their support, enthusiasm and expertise in this area.
The phrase 'watch this space' springs to mind, as in due course we will be excited to report on our progress.