Generally speaking, gravity concentration is a very efficient method of mineral recovery. Compared to processes such as flotation and leaching, gravity concentration is less expensive and also requires less water. However, most gravity concentration equipment does still require water added during the process – with a notable exception. The Falcon C Gravity Concentrator.
Sepro’s Falcon C Gravity Concentrator is the first gravity concentrator to not use any added water, at any point, during processing. To put this into perspective, the machine that is the Falcon C’s closest equivalent requires 9-27 cubic metres of water to be added every hour.
In one 24 hour period, that would use 648,000 litres of water which is as much water as 1440 people would use in an average day. According to the USGS*, the average American uses 350-450 litres (0.45 cubic metres) of water a day.
The Falcon C Gravity Concentrator has made such an impact on the mining and aggregate industry that mineral processing companies around the world are able to see a huge drop in water costs after switching to this piece of equipment.
To find out more about how the Falcon C can work for your project, speak to one of our equipment experts. We have offices and agents in 30 countries worldwide, making sure there is someone to assist in improving efficiency of your project, near you.
Have you read our article on the use of water in the mining industry? In honour of Earth Day last month, we put together some key information on the matter and also announced that our research and development team are currently working to decrease the amount of water required on our Falcon SB Gravity Concentrator. Already, the Falcon SB requires half the amount of water as it’s nearest equivalent but at Sepro, we believe we can improve on that even more.
*Source: USGS, 2016