The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region
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Volume 14 • Issue 1 | 2017 | ASIA Miner | 11 Gold is one of the types of ore that can be sorted utilising STEINERT equipment. menting something new. Innovation can bring advantages but it needs to be proven on site and be financially viable. If you have technology available that can improve or lower the cost of the op- eration, make it safer or reduce overheads, this is the way to go. How important is innovation to STEINERT? STEINERT is at the forefront through our commitment to innovation and development. We are constantly developing and upgrading our machines. For example, in 2011 we supplied a sensor sorter and two years later, by upgrading the computer processing capability, we were able to double the throughput on the same machine. A further development has been the ability to combine the signals from different sensors into the same algorithms which allow and/or decisions to be made where something may have to satisfy two or three criteria before a decision is made on whether it is a product or not. This is particularly of interest to customers with ore bodies that were previously not amenable to sensor sorting. Innovation there- fore allows STEINERT to continually develop new opportunities and possibilities for our customers. What are the new directions the company is taking? We are bringing more products on board to be able to offer a wider range of services to customers, such as the range of HAZEMAG equipment, including impact crushers. At this stage this does not include underground mining equipment but we aim to have that as part of our suite in the future. What is the role of STEINERT in developing the concept of waste to energy? STEINERT sees multiple opportunities when considering waste to energy in Australia. Firstly, an active waste to energy sector increas- es recovery of valuable resources and the material being used to convert to energy generally requires some form of contamination removal prior to the end process. Both these activities foster invest- ment in sorting technology. Is this concept being taken up in Asia and Australia? Markets throughout Asia and Australia are very different owing to the varying ways in which the respective waste sectors have devel- oped. For example, Singapore has a very mature waste to energy industry, from collection through to generation, with a large portion of the electricity already being generated by waste to energy fa- cilities under strict guidelines and standards. Thailand has little or no formal waste collection so the waste to energy sector is much slower and is currently focused on industrial applications like ce- ment kilns. Australia, on the other hand, has a mature waste collection indus- try and strong waste to energy regulations and standards but little in the way of active facilities. It is still very much in the infancy stage and this is probably driven by the fact that for many years Australia has had access to relatively cheap coal and hydroelectricity as well as cheap landfill for waste. With the closing of coal-fired power sta- tions and rising landfill costs, waste to energy will start to become more attractive and more cost effective. STEINERT's ore sorting equipment is also available as mobile and modular solutions.