Jameson Cells in Industrial Minerals
Jameson Cell technology was first introduced into the industrial minerals industry in 1993 to recover potash 'slimes'.
In a cleaning duty, a single stage Jameson Cell can replace banks of mechanical cells and achieve final grade at maximum recovery. A retrofit installation reported energy savings of up to 76% when replacing 16 mechanical cells with one Jameson Cell. Savings are also achieved in reduced circuit footprint, wear parts and maintenance. Flotation of semi-soluble salt minerals such as potash, phosphate, fluorite and calcite, is controlled by surface chemistry and therefore the selection of appropriate reagents and conditioning methods drives recovery. Once hydrophobic, the minerals are fast floating making conditions in the Jameson Cell perfect for recovering these minerals. In these applications Jameson Cells have been designed for roughing, scavenging and cleaning duties.