Measurement And Control Solutions

The Measurement and Control division has developed a range of specific Advanced Process Control Solutions that are implemented on Mintek’s process control platform, StarCS. Advanced stabilisation and optimisation control has been developed for Milling, Flotation, Smelting and Gold Leaching.

FloatStar News

New Software Modules For Floatstar And The Advanced Control Suite

Posted on Sep 29, 2005

The Measurement and Control Division of Mintek is continuously improving and enhancing its control solutions; and has recently developed a number of new and enhanced software modules for the FloatStar product package (for flotation control) and the Advanced Control Suite. FloatStar Performance Monitor This module quantifies the performance of flotation bank level controllers, be it Mintek’s advanced FloatStar Level Stabiliser or normal plant controllers. The algorithm makes use of the Integral of the Absolute Error (the IAE) of the levels...

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Floatstar 2 Enters Australian Market

Posted on Jan 29, 2001

Floatstar(TM), Mintek’s highly successful flotation level stabilization control system, has entered the Australian market. The latest installation, at Newcrest Mining Ltd’s Cadia Hill gold-copper mine in New South Wales, incorporates a number of enhancements for improved performance. This FloatStar operates on a plant with a Distributed Control System (a Yokogawa DCS). A low-cost modification was made to FloatStar’s communication interface so that it acts as a ModBus slave, i.e. the controller appears to the DCS as a PLC....

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Floatstar 2 Launched

Posted on Nov 29, 1999

An improved and updated version of Mintek’s multi-loop level controller for flotation circuits, FloatStar2, was introduced to delegates from the minerals industry at a launch held at Mintek in October. The redeveloped controller, several of which are already in the field, is less reliant on third-party software, and has advantages in terms of ease of use and adaptability to circuit changes. The original version of FloatStar has enjoyed considrerable success, with installations on commercial plants for platinum- group metals (Karee,...

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Floatstar Helps International Research Project

Posted on Apr 29, 1999

Mintek’s FloatStar(tm) flotation level controller is assisting an international team with applied research into the flotation process at a South African platinum mine. The collaborative research programme, on the optimization of flotation processes by modelling and simulation, is being conducted by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and the University of Queensland’s Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC). The investigation is managed by the Australian Mineral Industries Research...

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