FEI has announced the MLA EXpress, a benchtop, automated mineralogy analyzer. MLA EXpress extends mineral liberation analysis to a broader scale of mining operations.
Automated mineralogy involves a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray spectrometer to obtain a microscopic view of structure and composition of an ore. The MLA EXpress is suited for typical mining operational environments; and the simple design requires no special operational skills. Multiple analytical modes enable the flexibility to accommodate a variety of ore types and analysis requirements. Special detector and pulse counting technologies enable high count rates for fast, precise analytical results.