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HomeIndustrial ManufacturingServices Related to Production & ProductsMetallurgy & Process DesignPilot Plants
Pilot plant testing is used to demonstrate and confirm that the flowsheet developed at the bench is viable. SGS pilot plants are unique in that they operate in an integrated fashion, all unit operations work to provide continuous feed or product typically resulting in the generation of a concentrate or LME-grade metal. Bleed streams and impurity build-ups are also reviewed. Pilot plants are performed at a variety of scales, typically ranging from < 100 kg/hr to > 1 tonne/hr.
For new projects, piloting demonstrates operational viability, “proof-of-concept”, and produces market samples of the final product that can be expected, thus reducing technical risk. Piloting also generates metallurgical data that can be used to design the full-scale plant, thus reducing design and capital risk.
Existing operations can also be simulated at the pilot-scale to evaluate new equipment or technology, assess the impact of different ore types or troubleshoot problems without interrupting production at the main plant.
Our professional experts have the expertise to perform a range of pilot plant activities:
Typical activities that can be undertaken during pilot testing include:
Pilot testing is the best way to:
Pilot plants can have a significant impact on the metallurgical success of your project, provided they are well planned and operated properly. SGS has the complex and integrated infrastructure including on-site analytical, mineralogical and trade support, experienced professionals and a comprehensive equipment inventory, that is required to provide you with an effective pilot plant. Partner with SGS for more confidence in your metallurgical response and recovery.
Pilot plant services in the USA
The service in which you are interested is not currently available in the USA. However our Lakefield facility in Canada can meet your metallurgical and process design requirements. We provide the bankable experience, technical excellence and state-of-the-art equipment you need to reduce your technical risk before you make the major investments needed to develop mining sites.
SGS in Canada has provided scoping studies, flowsheet development and extensive piloting capabilities to the industry for over 70 years in a wide range of commodities, from gold to copper to uranium to REE to high tech metals and coal. Contact us to find out more.