Weir Minerals Factory Circuit University learns about sustainable solutions
By giving its staff an overview of mineral processing, Weir Minerals Mill Circuit University ensures that customers benefit from a broader, solution-oriented approach.
“Delivering sustainable solutions to the mineral processing industry – rather than just products – requires a vision and understanding of the operational context,” says Teddy Malunga, senior process engineer at Weir Minerals Africa.
“Mill Circuit University gives our customer-facing staff knowledge of the entire circuit, as well as where our various products make their specific contribution. “
It has become a vital aspect of the modern mining industry, as customers increasingly seek technology partners who can offer and support integrated solutions, Malunga explains. He points out that Weir Minerals Africa’s comprehensive offering covers processing steps from crushing, grinding, classification, separation and rubber coating to slurry transport, mine dewatering systems and management. residue.
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“Mill Circuit University ensures that we all have mastered the full range of fundamentals of mineral processing in addition to our particular product specializations,” he says. “This allows us to better understand customer processes and to collaborate more easily between our own process departments, CIP, engineering, supply chain and projects.
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Running five-day courses three times a year, Weir Minerals Mill Circuit University in the Africa and Middle East region welcomes approximately 25 applicants per course. They learn from internal and external presenters and are familiar with plant processes and Weir Minerals products.
The involvement of the University of Pretoria in the mineral processing component of the course adds special value, including the award of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Course participants also benefit from a visit to the university’s department of materials science and metallurgical engineering, which provides more practical information.
“We also see value in sharing a range of ‘soft skills’ in our courses,” he says. “This includes communication skills, neurolinguistic programming and relationship building. “
An important aspect of the course is to enable Weir Minerals Africa staff to understand customer needs more clearly and to focus on their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as plant availability, throughput and recoveries. These factors are then included in the process of identifying suitable products and designing solutions that meet the sustainability needs of our customers.