Profitability is the most important measure of the success of a business. A business that isn’t profitable won’t survive, which is why taking actions that improve the bottom line is one of the most important tasks of managers running complex manufacturing and industrial operations. Discover how Solenis helped a mining operation improve its profitability with advanced chemistry and deep applications expertise.
A gold mining operation in the Western United States was having difficulty regulating the acid and lime feeds in its process water system, leading to scale deposition in the water lines. Solids in the reclaim water were also contributing to the deposition problem, which required significant downtime for removing scale. The mine contacted Solenis for help because every hour of lost production cost the mine approximately $70,000. After conducting a thorough system review, the Solenis team recommended that the mine implement a new treatment program using Zalta™ antiscalants. Despite pH swings and variable process flow rates, the Zalta antiscalant program significantly reduced scale deposition in the water lines and reclaim water. As a result, downtime for cleaning was reduced by more than three hours per month, which improved the mill’s profitability by more than $2 million a year.