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MEI Online: Reagents: Latest News: March 12th 2019


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:: Solvay Launches SolvExtractTM, A Digital Platform for Solvent Extraction Operations


Solvay has announced the successful launch of SolvExtract™, a first-of-its-kind app-based digital platform for mining operations, with Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer. SolvExtract™ connects chemistry and operational insight, bringing Solvay’s technical expertise in mining chemistry to customers at an unprecedented speed and frequency. It enables them to make more informed decisions faster, thus reducing process variability, boosting productivity and improving their bottom line.

SolvExtract™ is the first of Solvay’s new digital solutions for mining operations, and the only digital platform today dedicated to reagent optimization. The platform enables data flows between a mining operation and Solvay’s proprietary solvent extraction (SX) modeling software. Using this software, Solvay personnel are able to monitor key variables of the SX plant, such as copper recovery and copper transfer, comparing actual values and trends to model predictions, to identify and analyze deviations. Leveraging a dashboard, custom alerts and expert analysis, Solvay quickly notifies plant operators when issues arise and offers recommendations through the platform. Via SolvExtract™, plant personnel can engage in dialogue with Solvay to support continuous improvement and enhance the quality of future suggestions.

“SolvExtract™ has helped the Gabriela Mistral plant validate operational performance and will support us in identifying opportunities for continuous improvement,” shared Rodrigo Benavides Oswald, Codelco innovation director. “Through SolvExtract™, Solvay has proven to be a partner to the plant by providing deeper, more frequent insight, which has positively influenced our daily decision making.”

“As available ore grades decline, mines are looking for ways to maximize the amount of copper extracted from each ton of ore,” explained Chuck Price, executive vice president of Solvay’s Mining Solutions business. “SolvExtract™ utilizes a new generation of data-gathering and analytics capabilities -- along with Solvay’s reagents, applications expertise and customer feedback -- to help SX plants reach their true potential.”




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