Engineering firm solves feedrate control problem
A mining and metals company contracts an engineering and construction services firm to design a system to accurately feed copper concentrate to a smelter.
Falconbridge, an international mining and metals company headquartered in Toronto, operates the Kidd Creek mine and metallurgical site in Timmins, Ontario. The company's Kidd Metallurgical Division operates the metallurgical site, which consists of a concentrator plant, copper smelter and refinery, and zinc, cadmium, indium, and sulphuric acid plants. The site's concentrator plant converts copper-bearing ores into copper concentrate [a fine powder that contains approximately 30 percent copper], and the copper smelter turns the copper concentrate into copper matte, which is then converted into blister copper. The blister copper is then refined into anode copper and, ultimately, high-purity electrolytic copper cathode.