Mineral processing is a broad term that includes a number of different processes and is, as a whole, one of the most important aspects of the overall mining operation. Most mined materials, from hard-rock ores to solid-fuel minerals such as coal, oil shale and industrial minerals, are subjected to some sort of size reduction and/or other beneficiation process. Often several mineral processing operations are performed in sequence to produce a marketable product.
In general, mineral processing refers to the practice of processing ores and minerals in order to separate valuable minerals from waste materials. Generally, in mineral processing, minerals are recovered from their ores using several operations, including comminution, sizing, concentration and dewatering. The term “mineral processing” can be applied to a wide array of industries, such as gold, coal, nickel, aluminum, bauxite, oil sands, phosphate, potash, copper, iron ore and many more.
It is extremely important during the separation and processing to make sure you fully understand the mineralogy of the ore and final product requirements, which is why McLanahan employs a team of process engineers to ensure your operation is as efficient, productive and profitable as possible. McLanahan’s line of equipment for mineral processing can be used in all stages the process. From crushing and sizing to sampling and dewatering, each piece of McLanahan equipment ensures that you will recover the maximum amount of valuable minerals.