JigScan - A case study in product research, development and commercialisation

Jonkers, A. and Cameron, P. M. (2000). JigScan - A case study in product research, development and commercialisation. In: After 2000 - The Future of Mining (Annual Conference). After 2000 - The Future of Mining (Annual Conference), Sydney, NSW, (174-178). 10-12 April 2000.

Author Jonkers, A.
Cameron, P. M.
Title of paper JigScan - A case study in product research, development and commercialisation
Conference name After 2000 - The Future of Mining (Annual Conference)
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 10-12 April 2000
Proceedings title After 2000 - The Future of Mining (Annual Conference)
Place of Publication Melbourne Vic
Publisher AusIMM
Publication Year 2000
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1875776745
Volume 2/2000
Start page 174
End page 178
Total pages 5
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) has recently commercialised a variety of new products for the mining industry through its commercial division (JKTech). Although the products cover a wide variety of niche applications, a common thread runs through the Research, Development and Commercialisation (RD and C) process: they have emerged from industry sponsored projects. The development history of JigScan (a control system for the mineral-processing jig) is a good example of how this RD and C process works in practice. It involves building mutually beneficial partnerships between the JKMRC and the mining industry through several incremental projects with one or more industry sponsors. All research projects have objectives to demonstrate but these projects also feature a degree of product development to actively encourage and support the longer-term vision for the mature commercial technology. The process to develop JigScan as a commercial product worked because each incremental project recovered costs, provided an immediate benefit for the sponsor and contributed to the longer-term development objectives of the JKMRC. Integrating development with research need not greatly increase the cost of research objectives generally provides a more robust research outcome for the sponsor and greatly reduces the overall development risk. Successful projects often feature industry mentors actively participating in the RD and C process. Additional funding from government appears to be easier to obtain when such close partnerships with industry are apparent. Finally, the business structure of the JKMRC within the University of Queensland ensures that commercial outcomes, developed within the contractual arrangements of the underlying RD and C projects, are used to benefit and support further RD and C with the mining industry. This paper tells the story of the development and commercialisation of JigScan, and draws conclusions about this kind of RD and C model.
Subjects E1
290702 Mineral Processing
640399 Other
Q-Index Code E1

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Collection: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre Publications
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