Offline minerals analysis
The resources sector, whether in the exploration or production phase, uses offline minerals analysis extensively. Offline analysis, where samples are sent offsite to an analysis laboratory, is used throughout the exploration, mine planning and ore extraction process. Laboratory-based chemical analysis has traditionally dominated offline minerals analysis, however techniques based on radiation detection and measurement have become more widespread.
Offline, radiation-based minerals analysis is typically performed using scanning electron microscopes utilising x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology however, technology based on x-ray diffraction (XRD) is also be used. More information on XRF and XRD technology and how these techniques can be enhanced using Southern Innovation’s SITORO® technology is available [here>>].
Benefits of SITORO to offline minerals analysis
By significantly improving detector efficiency, SITORO is able to facilitate faster, more accurate offline processing and analysis of minerals using XRF and XRD technologies.