“Automated Materials Characterization” / “Automated Mineralogy” is an analytical technique based on scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image analysis coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). This analysis method includes analytical systems such as the Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA), the QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy) and others. With this analytical technique almost every kind of solid material can be analyzed, regardless of whether the material is of natural or artificial origin. Examples for such materials are ores, rocks, minerals, processing products, recycling materials, environmentally relevant materials, metals, alloys, building materials, special glasses, and many more.
What does it take to successfully tackle the challenge of geochemical exploration – from project planning to evaluation and product development? Geochemical exploration has evolved over the past 30 years from traditionally focused (mineral) resource identification to a multi-element, multi-media toolbox. This toolbox is capable of delivering comprehensive understanding not only of resource-related issues but also of processes and complex environmental information. Such knowledge is needed for a broad array of interests, from state agencies and governmental ministries via consultants to the mining and resource industry, from mine development to remediation.