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Metso Outotec has released a comprehensive handbook on the practices of minerals processing and materials handling.

The 12th edition of the Basics in Minerals Processing Handbook outlines not only the way minerals are processed and handled, but also the plethora of equipment at hand to do so.

Amid a debilitating skilled-worker shortage across the west of Australia, it is skills such as these which can turn a business around.

“The intention is to give technicians involved in mineral operations practical and useful information about the process equipment used, their systems and operational environment,” the handbook states.

“The technical data given are basic, but will increase the understanding of the individual machines, their functions and performances.”

The hazards of dust, noise and wear are also discussed within its downloadable pages, to ensure the mining industry can achieve its increasingly prioritised safety goals.

Metso Outotec’s expertise in the area of minerals processing will be put to work at Northern Star Resources’ Thunderbox gold mine in Western Australia, where the miner has ordered a Premier SAG Mill from the manufacturer.

The mill is typically worth around €15 million ($24.15 million) depending on the application, exemplifying the amount of value Metso Outotec can bring to the industry.

The contract follows a deal signed in June with Karara Mining to design a tailings filtration plant expansion at its iron ore project in Western Australia.

The expansion will increase the tailings filtration capacity at the Karara mine by more than 50 per cent – from 30,000 tonnes per day to more than 45,000 tonnes per day.

The Basics in Minerals Processing Handbook can be downloaded for free.