Design for sampling - preliminary exploration

Morrison, R. and Powell, M. (2006) Design for sampling - preliminary exploration. Journal of The South African Institute of Mining And Metallurgy, 106 10: 697-706.

Author Morrison, R.
Powell, M.
Title Design for sampling - preliminary exploration
Journal name Journal of The South African Institute of Mining And Metallurgy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-223X
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 106
Issue 10
Start page 697
End page 706
Total pages 10
Editor F.M.G. Egerton
P.H. Ferreira
et al.
Place of publication Marshalltown, South Africa
Publisher South African Institute of Mining Metallurgy
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
290702 Mineral Processing
640300 First Stage Treatment of Ores and Minerals
Abstract A modern mineral processing plant represents a substantial investment. During the design process, there is often a period when costs (or revenues) must be compensated for by cuts in capital expenditure. In many cases, sampling and measurement equipment provides a soft target for such 'savings'. This process is almost analgous to reducing the capital investment in a corner store by not including a cash register. The consequences will be quite similar - a serious lack of sound performance data and plenty of opportunities for theft - deliberate or inadvertent. This paper makes the case that investment in sampling and measurement equipment is more cost-effective during the design phase. Further, a strong measurement culture will have many benefits including the ability to take advantage of small gains. In almost any business, there are many more opportunities to make small gains than to make large, step changes. In short, if a project cannot justify the cost of accurate and reliable measurement of its performance, it probably should not be a project at all.
Keyword Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Mining & Mineral Processing
Q-Index Code C1

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