5 Things Junior Mining Companies Should Know about Mineral Testing
Written By: Team Sepro | Date: 24.02.20
Mineral testing is a necessity for junior mining companies. Mineral processing is competitive, making it essential for small companies with limited budgets to have accurate and unbiased testing. There’s nothing worse than wasting time and money on tasks that aren’t worth it. Sepro Labs is uniquely positioned to work with junior mining companies, tailoring our mineral testing services to fit their budget constraints.
If you’re a junior mining company looking for a mineral laboratory for testing services, there are some things you should know before getting started. Here are the top five things you should know about mineral testing to maximize your benefits.
1. Know what you’re looking to achieve.
You can start by discussing your goals with us. What do you want to achieve and how can we help you get there? Are you looking to develop a complete and comprehensive flowsheet, or just do enough mineral testing to evaluate the economic potential of a new ore zone? As a one-stop shop for mineral testing, we can help every step of the way, from exploration to enhancing your mineral recovery.
2. Know when to pull the plug.
Knowing whether to go ahead with a new mineral processing operation is one of the hardest decisions to make for junior mining companies. You’ve probably already made a sizable investment, so quitting can be tough, but for an economically viable operation, you need to let our data do the talking.
With the information from our mineral testing results, you will get an accurate idea of the economic potential of your mineral processing operation. We hope you’ve struck gold! But sometimes you’ll need to switch horses and move on to something else.
3. Find out the most efficient and cost-effective way to recover your minerals.
Scoping studies are quick and cost-effective mineral tests to determine the general amenability of your potential mineral processing operation. It’s typically one of the first mineral testing services that junior mining companies require.
With positive scoping study results, we can move on to flowsheet development and optimization and determine how to recover minerals in as cost-effective a way as possible. Our facility handles all forms of mineral recovery processes, including
- Heavy liquid separation
- Crushing and grinding
- Gravity concentration
“Sepro Labs can also come up with custom solutions for junior mining companies.”
4. Determine if your extraction process is scalable.
Mineral recovery on a small scale is different from recovery at a fully functional mineral processing plant. Just because bench-scale testing yields positive results it doesn’t mean that the process used is scalable and profitable. Sepro Labs emphasizes scalability in our mineral testing services.
5. Use a trusted mineral laboratory.
Using a trusted mineral laboratory with years of mineral processing experience gives junior mining companies confidence in their decision-making process. We know how tough it can be to work with a limited budget, and that’s why our mineral laboratory chooses to cater to the needs of smaller mining operations.
To learn more about mineral testing, or to see if we can help you on a future project, contact Sepro Labs today.