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MEI Online: Froth Flotation: Latest News: July 19th 2002


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:: MMS Win Innovation Award  

Maelgwyn Mineral Services Ltd. has won a prestigious innovation award based on the development of its G-Cell pneumatic flotation technology.

The 2001 SmartWales award, which has a development grant component, is presented annually by the National Assembly for Wales to encourage innovation amongst businesses based in the Principality. The award was presented to MMS Director, Julian Brown (right) by John Griffiths AM (left), the Deputy Economic Minister of the National Assembly for Wales.

2001 Swart Wales Award

The G-Cell design for which MMS won this award is an advanced development of MMS Imhoflot pneumatic flotation equipment.

The G-Cell

The G-Cell design incorporates features for enhancing separation in difficult process applications. The dynamic, centrifugal action improves mobility of rising air bubbles, promoting disengagement, thereby reducing entrainment. It reduces retention times to typically 30 seconds, compared with pneumatic flotation time of 2-3 minutes, column flotation of 5-10 minutes and conventional cell banks of 10-30 minutes. The smaller cell volumes allow more stages, increased separation and, therefore, lower costs.

The G-Cell SmartWales development project was successfully completed in June 2002. MMS is currently commissioning a full size 2.2m diameter unit at a mining operation, which will confirm scale up parameters.



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