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Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and CIM Magazine have collaborated to bring you the Diamond Webinar Series. Through it, SRC will share key learnings from their research and experience in diamond processing, as well as mineral processing and analysis, to assist mining companies achieve greater efficiencies in their operations. They will also discuss what technologies are needed to better recover the various diamond populations.  

Using Magnetic Separation to Improve Commodity Recovery

The earth’s core is comprised mainly of iron and nickel, both of which are ferromagnetic metals and are classified as mafic rocks. On the other hand, the earth’s crust is comprised mainly of felsic rocks, which are less dense than mafic rocks and nonmagnetic. Precious metals are associated with mafic rocks and are present in the crustal rocks through volcanic eruptions.

Magnetic separation offers a simple, inexpensive method to separate mafic rocks from felsic rocks. How can we use magnetic separation to our benefit in processing plants?

In this webinar on magnetic sorting, magnetic characterization and magnetic separation equipment, Erin Powell and Jane Danoczi, of Saskatchewan Research Council’s Mining and Energy Division, will explore questions such as:

» Can Magnetite be sorted from Illmenite with a magnetic separator?

» What does it mean that diamonds are diamagnetic?

» Can garnets be sorted from diamonds with a magnetic separator?

» Can gem diamonds be separated from industrial diamonds using magnetic separation?

» What is magnetic susceptibility?

» Can wet material be sorted with a magnetic separator?

The next webinar in the Diamond Series will be held October 9, 2019, at 12 p.m. EDT.

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What is the Diamond Webinar Series?

In this series of four webinars, SRC’s experts will share valuable insights on the following topics:

1. Why Plant Recovery Audits Improve Performance Did you miss this webinar? Watch the video of the first in the series.

For more information, check out Jane Danoczi and Suzanne Johnston's blog post on plant audits.

2. Finding Your Next "Big One" Intact: Understanding and mitigating diamond breakage. Watch the video of the second in the series.

3. Magnetic Susceptibility Assessments (October 9). Watch the video of the third in the series.

4. Diamond Typing, Luminescence and Optical Sorting (December 11). Register now.

Who is this webinar series for? 

Geologists, consultants, mine supervisors/managers, plant design consultants and engineers, and process and environmental engineers who work for mining companies or who are interested in learning about operational improvements.

What are the learning objectives for the webinar series?

Educate: Help companies learn to find process efficiencies so they can improve yields and increase profitability

Identify: Provide solutions to potential issues mine operators might face

About SRC

SRC is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization. SRC focuses its efforts on the mining, minerals, agriculture, biotechnology and energy sectors, and the environmental considerations that are important across each sector.

SRC Mining and Energy provides an extensive range of services, analysis and processes that meet industry needs across the mining cycle for a wide range of minerals. We provide technological solutions and testing in exploration, design and feasibility, operations and closure.

SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories Diamond Services has provided the international diamond industry with dependable kimberlite exploration services for over 25 years, including kimberlite indicator mineral (KIMs) processing and observation facility, micro diamond extraction by caustic fusion, and kimberlite processing and diamond recovery, including the secure sorting and characterization of macro diamonds at our kimberlite mini-bulk sample plant. 

Learn more about SRC Mining and Energy