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Automatic Product Sampler (APS) for Coal Analysis

by Philippine Resources - August 30, 2022

XRF Technology for Operational Efficiency

1. SAMPLE COLLECTION

Samples are collected from the belt automatically using a cross-belt sampler

  • Automatic operation using the plant’s distributed control system (DCS)
  • No stopping or slowing the belt
  • One sample every 15 minutes

The system can be designed to sampling and preparation standards, including:

  • ISO-12743: Copper, lead, zinc, nickel
  • ISO-13909: Coke
  • ASTM-E877: Chemical analysis
  • ASTM-D7430: Coal

2. SAMPLE PREPARATION

Collected samples are crushed to the required size

  • From 15 kg to a 500 g puck
  • From 50 mm to 4.5 mm (Crusher 1)
  • From 4.5 mm to 200 µm (Crusher 2)

Coal/ore moisture content is recorded

Entire preparation process is automatically controlled and monitored

3. SAMPLE ANALYSIS

VANTA XRF Measurement and Analysis

  • Quantification of up to 30 elements in one measurement
  • Detection down to 1 ppm for key elements
  • Analysis of light elements, including magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), and sulfur (S)

Easy integration:

  • No external control box
  • Control via the Vanta Connect API or a PLC and discrete wire

Rugged:

  • Vibration tested (MIL-STD)
  • IP54 rated
  • Industrial locking connectors

KEY FEATURES

  1. Advanced Software Capabilities
  • Direct stream of inputs into plant control systems
  • AI advisory capability to optimize operations
  1. Rugged System
  • Modular design for ease of maintenance
  • Lower maintenance cost
  1. Designed According to Industrial Standards
  • ISO 12743
  • ISO 13909
  • ASTM E877
  • ASTM D7430
  1. Ease of Implementation
  • Seamless integration into existing plants
  1. Profit-oriented Solution
  • Reduce shutdowns
  • Improve productivity/efficiency
  • Fast return on investment
  1. Fully Automated
  • High productivity
  • Continuous belt operation
  1. Real-time laboratory
  • Fully automated chemical analysis
  • Laboratory-quality measurements

TRADERS INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO., INC.

24th Floor Trident Tower 312 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City 1209 Philippines

E: trisco@pldtdsl.net

T: +632 8817-9004 | +632 8844-0749

M: +63 9175818704

Learn more at https://www.olympus-ims.com/en/insight/how-to-automate-sampling-and-analysis-of-ores-and-mined-materials/


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