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FLSmidth reveals its next step technology

Used in forced-air flotation equipment, the nextSTEP was showcased during the annual Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) conference in Denver, USA.

“After years of flotation research and development, where we tested over 200 rotor/stator combinations, we developed the optimum solution that delivers significant improvements in performance of forced-air mechanisms,” said Frank Traczyk, FLSmidth global flotation technology director.

“The Nextstep rotor/stator has the lowest operating power of any forced-air flotation mechanism on the market. This new technology demonstrates dramatic improvements in attachment rates, stronger air dispersion and improved pumping efficiency, which leads to increased recovery.”

FLSmidth has been field-testing the technology at several installations including the company’s 600-series Supercell flotation site in Nevada.

“This will be very attractive for mineral processing plant customers who rely on forced-air flotation systems,” added Mr Traczyk.