Developed in the late 1980s, the Jameson Cell™ is known as a versatile technology used for a range of minerals and applications in every mining region in the world.
It is Glencore Technology's most diverse product, and in 2017 Glencore sold its 350th cell. It is installed in 28 countries, with the Mark IV Jameson Cell™ being the most recent model.
The Jameson Cell™ is a high-intensity froth flotation cell typically used as part of the cleaning circuit in a Concentrator Plant. The cells can also operate in conjunction with Glencore Technology's IsaMill™ circuits, also developed at Mount Isa Mines in the early 1990s.
The technology works by creating a high pressure jet of slurry that entrains and mixes air in a modified pipe, referred to as a 'downcomer', to create very fine air bubbles. The particles or valuable minerals attach themselves to the air bubbles and float to the surface in the tank section of the Jameson Cell™ where they are recovered for further processing.
While the principle of using air bubbles to recover particles is the basis of mineral flotation, it is the fast and efficient way air bubbles are generated and how the bubbles and particles interact that make Jameson Cell™ unique, ensuring its worldwide use in the mining industry.
In 2015, the Jameson Cell™ won the Prime Ministers Award for Innovation, recognising the importance of this technology and the role it plays contributing towards a prosperous Australian economy.
The Jameson Cell™ has played a significant role in increasing efficiency to recover particles and unlock the potential of previously unrecoverable particles that would have otherwise been discarded as waste material.