Mining companies have been searching for techniques to render their operations more efficient and lower costs without any dip in the quality of the products. Product Manager Christelle Petiot analyzes the way Hitachi High-Tech’s X-MET8000 Expert Geo could prove helpful.
In this year’s Mining Indaba, the topic of investment will be on top of the agenda. After falling commodity prices and low demand for almost 10 years, the mining industry is showing some signs of recovery. While considering their options, investors will be looking to ensure return on investment on any capital invested in mining projects.
The X-MET8000 Expert Geo analyzer can assist mining companies in cutting down on the probable time to market, reducing the costs, and increasing efficiency. Since X-MET8000 Expert Geo delivers rapid, on-site geochemical analysis, it is perfect for use through the entire mining process, including exploration, planning, grade control, tailing operations, and environmental screening as part of decommissioning. Following are the reasons for mining professionals to choose the X-MET.
It avoids the need for special sample preparation. The mineral to be tested can be simply exposed and the trigger pulled for the results to be displayed on the X-MET8000 Expert Geo’s screen within a few seconds. It enables multiple analyses to be performed from the same location or over a mining site, thereby considerably reducing the need to send samples to external labs for being investigated. This saves both money and time, and assists investors and mining companies to make faster decisions.
The X-MET8000 Expert Geo handheld analyzer has a compact design and weighs only 1.5 kg, and hence it can be easily carried from location to another on a mining site, for underground as well as open-pit operations. It has a battery life of 10–12 hours and enables hundreds of samples to be tested on a daily basis.
At present, mining companies are conducting exploration in some of the most remote regions of the world and in some of the toughest environments. The X-MET8000 Expert Geo has been designed for such harsh conditions, including a large heat sink to maintain reliability and stability in the hottest climates. Its body is splash and dust proof to NEMA 3 and IP54 standards and is designed with rubber bumpers to prevent shocks. It has been investigated to the MIL-STD-810G military standard for vibration, shock, and drop resistance.
4—It’s Easy to Use
The X-MET includes an intuitive user interface, which enables the device to be used with only minimal training. Its 4.3 inch color touchscreen displays the results, and the large icons provide easy access to all the functionalities of X-MET, even if the user wears gloves.
5—It Delivers Superior Performance
The BOOST™ technology of Hitachi High-Tech used in the X-MET8000 Expert Geo not only renders it faster but also makes it nearly 10 times more sensitive when compared to other handheld XRF analyzers. It has the ability to measure nearly 40 elements out of the box and includes further calibration sets to test a broad range of materials. Its higher sensitivity enables it to analyze even low-grade ores and detect trace elements, which is optimal for environmental tailings and screening.
Since mining corporations have been using more integrated digital systems, data management is another positive aspect of the X-MET8000 Expert Geo. The app developed by Hitachi High-Tech can be used to share results with suppliers, clients, and colleagues, as well as to enable rapid decision-making. A large mining operation can be controlled and data can be managed in real time by linking the results from multiple analyzers to the same cloud account. The X-MET is also equipped with GPS, allowing users to combine test location coordinates with results to ensure flawless mapping across sites. It can also be combined with Trimble® receivers for providing more accurate location data. Nearly 100,000 results can be stored by the unit itself, and customized CSV and PDF reports can be generated and exported. The X-MET can be used in combination with a portable Bluetooth printer on site to print off labels for sample bags to avoid mix-ups.
Hitachi High-Tech has more than four decades of experience in innovating, testing, and honing XRF technology to offer solutions for the latest testing requirements, in lab-based as well as handheld formats. Hitachi High-Tech’s first X-ray products were designed and used internally over four decades ago as a division of Outokumpu Oy, and their first X-MET products hit the market in 1974. Industries turn to Hitachi High-Tech for the most reliable analysis equipment.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science.
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