Metso has opened a completely renovated minerals processing laboratory in Pori, Finland, in a bid to significantly expand the company’s ore sample and process testing capability and allow safe and efficient testing around the clock.
“The number of minerals testing projects has increased steadily during recent years. The new facility enables us to better meet the needs of our customers, for example, by handling larger sample sizes, and boosts our capacity to serve also the expanding testing needs of the battery minerals sector,” said Elina Wiik, Manager, Minerals Processing Laboratories.
In the design of the laboratory, a special emphasis was put on lean processes, a safe working environment and proper ventilation. The new setup enables optimized workflows; for instance, each Metso laboratory flotation cell is placed in a separate safety cabinet.
“This gives us the possibility to use a large number of flotation reagents and to perform complex separation tests for a wide range of samples and ore types,” Wilk added. “Our test work is enhanced by using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. One of the unique features of the laboratory is the carefully designed facility for safe dry sample preparation, crushing, screening, and splitting.”
In all, Espoo, Finland-based Metso has a presence in almost 50 countries.