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CSIRO becomes first to offer state-of-the-art core scanner technology to the public

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Global Mining Review,

Research organisation CSIRO has announced that Minalyzer Core Scanner technology will be available to the public directly through them.

This will be the first time the Swedish-developed technology will be available to the public. The technology itself provides rapid and non-destructive analysis of drill core in trays and other geological samples such as chips, pulps and pressed pellets using an X–ray fluorescence (XRF) scanner which gives multi-elemental chemical information on the sample.

Annelie Lundström, CEO Minalyze, says this engagement is a good opportunity to introduce innovations, CSIRO is taking on an important role in bridging between new technology and the industry. “Enhancing the geological data generated by the Minalyzer with the research capabilities and geological knowledge of the CSIRO has the potential to bring the exploration and mining industry to the next level”.

This unique rock characterisation instrument expands the suite of existing drill core scanners available at the Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth, Western Australia. CSIRO Research Director, Dr Rob Hough says this collaboration will form part of a broader platform for drill core characterisation services available at CSIRO’s ARRC laboratories.

”We are consolidating our expertise in mineral analysis by developing a Drill Core Laboratory at the ARRC which brings together technology developed for the METS sector, including geotechnical and hyperspectral core loggers, as well as the CSIRO-developed Maia Mapper system,” Dr Hough says. “The Minalyzer Core Scanner with its XRF capability will be a great addition to this suite of core scanning instrumentation”.

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