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Automated Mineralogy Equipment

The Applied Mineralogy department employs the latest analytical instruments for automated mineralogy investigations. This includes FEI QEMSCAN 650 F, FEI MLA QUANTA 650 F, as well as a Panalytical X PERT PRO XRD.   F or petrographical studies a transmitted/reflective microscope, Olympus BX51, is available for studying polished thin sections; polished thin section can also be analysed and mapped by QEMSCAN or MLA.



QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning electron microscopy) is an automated scanning electron microscopy system, which performs non-destructive, rapid EDS micro-analysis used for generating mineralogical, and met allurgical data. The QEMSCAN at Actlabs uses an FEG (Field Emission Gun) filament, which increases the image resolution. The spectra are collected with two Bruker 5030D EDS detectors. The spectra are subsequently identified by comparing their distinctive energy dispersive X-ray spectra with a mineral identification library known as the Species Identification Protocol (SIP). Here at Actlabs, we tailor our analyses to best fit customer needs; this includes customizing the SIP file, to fit the best to the nature of the of samples, impoves reliability.

Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA) is an automated SEM system, which identifies and quantifies the minerals based on their BSE level and compares the collected spectrum shape with a mineral data
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MLA 650 F is a fast automated analyzer which provides reliable particle and textural data, used by mineralogists, geologists and metallurgists for mine feasibility and ore characterization studies as well as ore processing optimization. MLA is capable of producing particle data specifically for liberation and association studies. The FEG-MLA is best at location and identification of gold and platinum group mineralogy.



X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a well-established analytical technique, used in the mining and exploration, materials testing, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and other industries, for the identification and/or quantification of crystalline phases. Actlabs uses X’Pert Pro diffractometer, equipped with a Cu X-ray source and an X’Pert High Score Plus software suite, and the International Centre for Diffraction Data PDF-4/Minerals 2013 RDB mineral database. This allows us to provide identification and quantification (by Rietveld) of crystalline minerals, as well as quantification of amorphous content in soil and powdered whole rock samples, clay speciation analysis on the separated -2um fraction, cluster analysis on large sample sets, and GMP certified pharmaceutical testing on raw material, API, clinical material, and finished product

Actlabs Qemscan 650F

Actlabs MLA 650F

Actlabs XRD X-Pert

3-D Component Analysis Plot
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