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The Jameson Cell

Jameson Cell is a top-intensity flotation cell aimed at creating better, faster, and more efficient floating systems. It was created by Graeme Jameson, a renowned laureate professor at the University of Newcastle located in Australia. The ground-breaking cell resulted from a partnership with a then fast-growing mining firm, Mount Isa Mines Limited. Mount Isa Mines has since been absorbed by one of the biggest mining conglomerates globally, that is, Glencore.

The purpose of the cell was partly to create a completely different floating cell used to recover fine particles, one that is cheaper than the conventional option. Mount Isa Mines were first used in 1988 in its lead-zinc concentrator.

The Jameson flotation cell application has since spread to many other forms and processes of flotation across different types of materials. They have been applied and used in potash flotation, coal flotation, oil sands flotation, graphite flotation, and extraction processes in the brewery industry.

Since its introduction, the Jameson Cell has been adopted by almost 100 companies spread across almost 30 countries globally. What is rather notable is that the Jameson Cell application has spread beyond the mining industry for which it was originally proposed for. We now have companies that span a wide range of industries, including brewery and liquor-making maximising this device.

One of the remarkable benefits of the cell is that it boasts an array of features not available on comparable technology. One such notable features are its high intensity. This higher intensity means that the cell is significantly smaller in length than most other flotation cells.

Furthermore, it requires minimal paraphernalia. This makes it very efficient to use. For one, you don’t need to use air compressors to facilitate the entrance of air into the water and ore particles. This means that with this less use of materials and other parts, you don’t need to consume a lot of resources, such as power.

Also, it features top-notch efficiency. For one, many other flotation cells go through a lot of processes to get the materials processed. They do introduce the feed of the materials into the flotation cell as different from air. Thus, the materials go in first before the air is needed. However, Jameson Cell creates the same space or channel for both the feed and the air needed to facilitate material production. 

One quite rather hidden use of the Jameson Cell is its ability to create better and cleaner processes. It has been particularly applied in transforming the conventional circuit designs that we have become somewhat used to. These circuits are much cleaner, mainly linked to their use of smaller amounts of cells, leaving to top-grade concentrates.

Another way in which the Jameson Cell ensures cleaner processes is evident in its recovery capabilities. With the Jameson Cell, it is now possible to rescue otherwise discarded but highly valuable fine materials. These include fine materials from phosphate and coal. The benefits of this are endless. For one, we can get to use more of these materials, meaning you will put them to good use. Then, we prevent the pollution of the atmosphere these materials will bring about.