Invention and innovation in mineral processing

Napier-Munn, T. J. (1997) Invention and innovation in mineral processing. Minerals Engineering, 10 8: 757-773. doi:10.1016/S0892-6875(97)00055-1

Author Napier-Munn, T. J.
Title Invention and innovation in mineral processing
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
Publication date 1997-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0892-6875(97)00055-1
Open Access Status
Volume 10
Issue 8
Start page 757
End page 773
Total pages 17
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Mineral processing is a critical enabling technology in the establishment and maintenance of material civilisation. As in other fields, the technology of mineral processing has evolved over time. This paper considers some of the forces driving these changes and the ways in which invention and innovation happen in mineral processing. Invention, the process of creating something new, is distinguished from innovation, the process of introducing something new. Both are needed if new ideas are to be realised in practical engineering terms and applied to generate wealth.

Four case studies are considered in which lone inventors tackled the problem of improving fine mineral gravity concentration. Some general issues relating to invention and innovation in corporate or institutional laboratories are also discussed. It is concluded that, although invention is a very diverse phenomenon, there are some features that are common to many successful innovations. These include need, a driving force, time (10–15 years is a common period from idea to technical maturity), vision, perseverance, faith, long-term support (financial and otherwise) and a willingness to take risks. The probability of success is also greatly enhanced if there is a fruitful alliance between inventor and customer.
Keyword Mineral processing
Gravity concentration
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Richard Mozley Memorial Lecture, Falmouth, England, June 1997.

Also published in "Innovation in Physical Separation Technologies: Richard Mozley Memorial Volume. Papers Presented at the 'Innovation in Physical Separation Technologies' Conference", 1998, ISBN 1870706331, 9781870706339.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre Publications
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