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Metals & Mining Industry

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As worldwide interest in batteries and electric vehicles continues to surge, so does mining activity, resource utilization and regulatory oversight. Despite steadily rising commodity prices, mine operators and metal producers still strive for efficiency as they scale up production to meet demand.

Maximizing output and product quality are always top priorities, but in an industry where water use accounts for approximately 15% of overall expenses, so are water conservation efforts. From mineral processing and dust suppression, to slurry transport and drainage, water makes mining possible.

Hach is committed to supporting producers in the metal and mining industry with new product development with recently released TNTplus vial methods for sulfide and cyanide. With this improved cyanide procedure, customers can utilize Hach’s MicroDist distillation tubes to test for total cyanide to meet EPA compliance for gold mining discharge. Hach’s barcode labeled TNTplus vial tests for autodetection, includes tests for total and dissolved metals and NPDES reported parameters for nutrients and organics. The new EZ Series Cyanide Analyzer is an automatic online solution for monitoring cyanide levels, that joins our existing lines for lab chemistry, benchtop instruments, process echem, portable lab instruments, dissolved gases disinfection, inorganics, and controllers.

The right water analytics solutions have the power to affect profitability. Choosing a Hach solution enables operators in the metals and mining industry to:
  • Maintain compliance. Years of development ensure you can do this safely, easily and economically.
  • Maximize uptime. Robust, accurate analytics solutions help manage processes and optimize production.
  • Protect your investment. The right analytics are key to long equipment life, cost savings and compliance.
  • Benefit from partnering. Local technical support and service deliver adapted analytics solutions.




 

Source Water

Water is essential to metal and mining operations, but industry is seldom the only consumer of water near extraction or processing sites. By monitoring and treating source water, mining companies not only ensure their own quality standards are met, but they also have the opportunity to contribute to the health of communities, agricultural resources, and wild ecosystems in the process. Whether obtained from groundwater or precipitation, oceans or lakes, rivers or streams—or through commercial or municipal supply—the water utilized in mining is interconnected with the water cycle of the entire region.

Parameters Relevant to Source Water

cog icon   flask icon  Chlorine
cog icon   flask icon  Chromium
cog icon   flask icon  Dissolved Oxygen
cog icon   flask icon  Flow - ultrasonic, area velocity, paddle wheel
cog icon   flask icon  Hardness
cog icon   flask icon  Iron
cog icon   flask icon  Microorganisms
cog icon   flask icon  pH
cog icon   flask icon  TDS
cog icon   flask icon  TOC
cog icon   flask icon  TSS
cog icon   flask icon  Turbidity
cog icon   flask icon  Zinc

How to Measure:

CL17 Colorimetric Chlorine Analyzer
CL10 sc Amperometric Chlorine Analyzer
Digital Differential pH Sensors
DR1900 Portable Spectrophotometer
DR3900 Laboratory Spectrophotometer
DR6000 Laboratory Spectrophotometer
SC200 Controller
SC1000 Controller Display Module
SC1500 Controller
Microbiological test kits
SP510 Hardness Monitor
EZ Series Analyzers
Solitax sc Sensors
TSS sc Sensors
HQd Intellical Probes
TU5 Series Laboratory Turbidimeters

Source water aerial view of the braided Kennicott River near McCarthy Alaska in the Alaskan bush
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Process solutions include online sensors that provide round-the-clock support for critical operational and process decision making.

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Laboratory solutions include simple, reliable and accurate tests that support quality and compliance decision making.

Water Treatment for Reuse

Maximize yield from hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes by monitoring the presence of heavy metals and chemical aids such as cyanide in reuse water in dust control, waste dumps, slurry pipelines, etc.

Parameters Relevant to Water Treatment for Reuse

cog icon   flask icon  Conductivity
cog icon   flask icon  Chromium
cog icon   flask icon  Hardness
cog icon   flask icon  Iron
cog icon   flask icon  Molybdenum
cog icon   flask icon  Oxygen Scavengers
cog icon   flask icon  pH
cog icon   flask icon  Phosphate
cog icon   flask icon  Silica
cog icon   flask icon  Sodium
cog icon   flask icon  Sulfates
cog icon   flask icon  Suspended Solids
cog icon   flask icon  Zinc

How to Measure
Solitax sc Sensors
TSS sc Sensors
SC200 Controller
SC1000 Controller Display Module
SC1500 Controller
HQd Intellical Probes
Contacting and inductive sensors
Digital Differential pH Sensors
5500 sc Silica Analyzer
DR1900 Portable Spectrophotometer
DR3900 Laboratory Spectrophotometer
DR6000 Laboratory Spectrophotometer

Water Treatment for Reuse the blue settling ponds of the Cane Creek Potash Mine near Moab, Utah.
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Process solutions include online sensors that provide round-the-clock support for critical operational and process decision making.

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Laboratory solutions include simple, reliable and accurate tests that support quality and compliance decision making.

Water Treatment for Discharge

Because metal and mining operations are often so large and closely associated with surrounding communities and natural landscapes, minimizing the risk of contamination is paramount. Routine monitoring of discharge water ensures compliance with strict standards for temperature, pH and conductivity. In addition, the right monitoring strategy helps manage risks from runoff, extreme storm events, seepage or leakage from storage areas, spills, earthquakes, etc.

Parameters Relevant to Water Treatment for Discharge

cog icon   flask icon  Alkalinity
cog icon   flask icon  Chlorine
cog icon   flask icon  COD
cog icon   flask icon  Conductivity
cog icon   flask icon  Chromium
cog icon   flask icon  Cyanide
cog icon   flask icon  Dissolved Oxygen
cog icon   flask icon  Electrochemistry
cog icon   flask icon  Flow
cog icon   flask icon  Hardness
cog icon   flask icon  Iron
cog icon   flask icon  Metals
cog icon   flask icon  Nutrients
cog icon   flask icon  pH
cog icon   flask icon  Sulfate
cog icon   flask icon  Sulfide
cog icon   flask icon  Turbidity
cog icon   flask icon  Zinc

How to Measure
Solitax sc Sensors
TSS sc Sensors
SC200 Controller
SC1000 Controller Display Module
SC1500 Controller
CL17 Colorimetric Chlorine Analyzer
CL10 sc Amperometric Chlorine Analyzer
Digital Differential pH Sensors
DR1900 Portable Spectrophotometer
DR3900 Laboratory Spectrophotometer
DR6000 Laboratory Spectrophotometer
EZ7000 for COD Discharge Monitoring
EZ1012 and EZ2500 Cyanide Monitor
EZ4004 Alkalinity Monitor
HQd Intellical Probes
AS950 Portable Compact Sampler
MICRO DIST ®  Tubes
TNT862 Cyanide Vial Test
TNT861 Sulfide Vial Test
TNT864/865 Sulfate Vial Test
TNT854 Chromium Vial Test
TNT850 Lead Vial Test
TNT856 Nickel Vial Test
TNT892 Cadmium Vial Test
TNT860 Copper Vial Test
TNT848 Aluminum Vial Test
TNT858 Iron Vial Test

Water Treatment for Discharge mining operations
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Process solutions include online sensors that provide round-the-clock support for critical operational and process decision making.

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Laboratory solutions include simple, reliable and accurate tests that support quality and compliance decision making.