Blue Cube TempoTrack

REAL-TIME OPTIMISATION OF FLOTATION PROCESSES

Overview

The Blue Cube TempoTrack has been designed for use on flotation cells to measure the froth velocity, depth of froth overflowing from the weir and froth stability. The Blue Cube TempoTrack can be used in conjunction with the Blue Cube MQi Slurry Analyser for control purposes or used independently for process monitoring and control.

When used together with the Blue Cube MQi Slurry Analyser, the Blue Cube TempoTrack can be installed on the flotation cells from which the concentrate measured originates. If the Blue Cube MQi Slurry Analyser for example measures the concentrate of a bank of three re-cleaner cells, then having a Blue Cube TempoTrack on each of the three cells will allow either the operator or the controller to identify if a decrease in grade (increase of impurity) is due to the sliming/pulping of one of the flotation cells. Appropriate corrective measures can then be taken. It also reliably identifies any cells that are not pulling.

TempoTrack in a Flotation Circuit

Below is a typical flotation circuit, showcasing how the Blue Cube TempoTrack is used in conjunction with the Blue Cube MQi Slurry Analyser to monitor froth speed depth and velocity measurement

Benefits

  • Effective Process Control
  • Data available for existing PLC, DCS or SCADA
  • Additional Parameters available (froth stability, bubble burst rate, froth texture)
  • Web based Trending and Reporting
  • Simplicity
  • High Quality Hardware
  • Robust – industrialised for plant conditions
  • Remote Support

Measure

The Blue Cube TempoTrack measures the following in real-time:

  • Froth height from the lip of the flotation cell, Hfl
  • Tempo at which the froth runs over the lip of the cell, vf
  • Stability based on the bubble bursting rate

This enables the calculation of the relative air recovery per unit cell lip length.  The Blue Cube TempoTrack units are insensitive to environmental changes and are connected by a mesh wireless network to a single dual communications gateway that provides a Profibus connection to the PLC.

Control

The Blue Cube TempoTrack can be used in conjunction with an installed MQi Slurry Anlyser or used independently for the control of a bank of flotation cells. When used together with the Blue Cube MQi Slurry Analyser, it can determine the significance of the contribution from each of the flotation cells to the slurry composition.

Optimise

It is now possible to not only optimise the flotation circuit, but keep it optimised in real-time!

System Specifications

Power Requirements 24V dc default (110/230 Vac available)
Signal Averaging 4/min default (adjustable from 1/min to 12/min)
Enclosure Sealed to IP67 vibration resistant, solar resistant
Environment -10 to 50°C     0-100% humidity
Output Central output for all imagers, default Profibus
Central Communications Gateway Communicates to all TempoTrack units by auto-configured

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Process IQ Pty Ltd

Unit 1 / 23 Gibberd Road Balcatta, WA 6021 Western Australia
Tel: +61 (0) 8 9240 4357
Fax: +61 (0) 8 6316 0486
Email: info@processiq.com.au