Webinar: Thickener Optimization part 2

Thickeners can be used as water recovery systems to return large amounts of water to the operating installations. Although thickeners should be considered important pieces of equipment, these are often not treated this way. As one of the last process stages, sometimes thickeners are being used as the dumping ground of the whole processing plant. While the capacity of the plant changes over time, the thickener usually stays the same size while everything else progressively increases. This event called ‘the process slip’ causes many operational issues. Apart from design-issues, also instrumentation and process control are important aspects to optimize thickener operations.

This webinar is hosted in cooperation with Precision Light & Air (the Australian manufacturer of SmartDiver systems) and MINEXXT (Provides expertise with equipment and process auditing to improve process performance).


In this webinar you will learn:

– The importance of doing a regular thickener health-checks

– Why the feedwell is the core element of the thickener

– Different control strategies, performance indicators and setpoints

– How Minexxt, PLA and Rhosonics can help with thickener upgrades



Zulay Florez (Marketing Manager, PLA) will introduce the SmartDiver system and explain how levels/layers are detected in thickeners to improve thickener underflow performance and flocculation control.

Mike Cook (Director, Minexxt) will talk about the design of thickeners and optimization by control strategies. He will explain how control strategies and investments in technology (e.g. measuring instruments) can directly result in better operation of the thickener.


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