Mineral analysis covers a wide range of sample types including limestone, silica sand, Kaolin (China Clay), Ball Clay, Bauxite and Dolomitic Limestone.
These industrial minerals are geological materials which are mined for their commercial value. Thus, routine mineral analysis is essential using the well-accepted and respected techniques of X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR).
Industrial minerals can be used in their natural state, or after some processing, as raw materials or as additives in a wide range of applications, from construction to ceramics, plastic and glass manufacture.
Mineral analysis with XRF, for example with the Lab-X3500, X-Supreme8000, or the handheld X-MET7000 Series, means minimal or no sample preparation, rapid non-destructive analysis, ease of use, operation by production staff, no potentially dangerous chemicals with a typical, muli-element analyser measuring Al, Mg, Si, S, K, Ca and Fe in a range of minerals.
The sample is either measured "as-received" e.g. Fe in Silica Sand, or a simple grind and pressing technique produces a flat disc for multi-element mineral analysis.
The fluorine content of materials can be measured using our Benchtop NMR analyser, MQC, quickly and cleanly and without the need for any chemicals. Our applications include measuring the following:
Fluorine in alumina
Fluorine in fluorospar
Mineral analysis with XRF and Benchtop NMR analysers ensures a reliable, robust, simple operation that can be carried out on a 24/7 basis.