Analysis of the minerals present in an ore body optimizes mining and process operations such as flotation and separation, etc. By understanding and mapping precise mineral compositions, it becomes possible to effectively mine increasingly low grade deposits. 

CubiX³ Minerals is the ideal investment for exploration and control of mineral grading, processing and quality. By removing the need for intensive wet-chemical analyses, delivering better grade differentiation and decreasing the costs of ore beneficiation and processing, the initial investment in equipment is easily earned back.

Cluster analysis for better mine planning and grade control

Cluster analysis of XRD data can facilitate multi-dimensional compositional mapping of ore deposits and drill cores, identifying regions of favorable mineral paragenesis.

High-speed sample throughput featuring quick turnaround times

Ultrafast sample loading in combination with a high-speed linear detector such as X’Celerator allow a higher sample throughput that enables the user to control their processes more effectively. Measurement times of 5 minutes can be easily achieved.

Best sensitivity for impurities allows fast process optimization

Sample-specific X-ray tubes and optics allow lower detection limits for gangue minerals and impurities. This knowledge can be used to optimize beneficiation processes and the use of low grade ores to improve the efficiency of the mine.

Straightforward, chemical-free sample preparation

Sample preparation of powders does not involve any chemicals. Grinding and pressing can be automated in line with the X-ray diffractometer. Special samples such as solid rocks or minerals, wet samples from beneficiation plants and very small amounts of minerals can be prepared manually in less than 5 minutes in special sample holders.

GeneralOpticsSample handling
Goniometer: θ-θ for completely horizontal sample handlingCu, Co, Fe, Mn, Cr tubesProgrammable spinner
Diffractometer: 200 mm radiusFixed and programmable divergence and anti-scatter slits availableUltrafast pneumatic loader
Software: Industry or Quantify, optional Walk-up interface, HighScore PlusSecondary monochromator for Cu, Co64 position X’Changer with 2 x 30 positions plus 4 preferred loading positions
X’Celerator detector (RTMS)X’Handler for belt connection with 2 additional positions
Automation possible with any automated laboratory

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The world’s first 1D silicon strip detector for laboratory X-rays

As the world’s first silicon-based position-sensitive 1D detector for XRD, the X’Celerator is the result of the pioneering development from Malvern Panalytical. With the R&D 100 Award-winning X’Celerator detector you can perform XRD measurements up to 100 times faster than with a traditional point detector, without compromising data quality. With no need for cooling water, liquid nitrogen flow, counting gas or time-consuming calibrations, it is a cost-effective solution.

The X’Celerator is designed exclusively for Malvern Panalytical’s diffractometers for applications in research and industry.

Providing the information you need

  • Mineral identification
  • Mineral quantification
  • Crystallite size determination
  • Cluster analysis of samples with similar mineral content
  • Grade control
  • Automatic calculation of process indicators including phase ratios and elements with different oxidation stages