Scott Technology contracted Malvern Panalytical Ltd for engineering, design, equipment supply and the provision of a fully automated analytical system at Rio Tinto’s Koodaideri iron ore project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The lab will incorporate multiple fusion bead sample preparation, X-ray spectrometry instrumentation, and automated Thermogravimetric analysis equipment.

Initial testing capacity will be 600 samples per day, with the potential for future expansion to double that number.

Malvern Panalytical said it will deliver a world class facility. “As a major supplier of analytical X-ray instrumentation, Malvern Panalytical has a long-established business relationship with Rio Tinto Iron Ore,” Huub Smit, sector director, primary materials, Malvern Panalytical, said. “However, this project is a major step in the evolution of SCOTT and Malvern Panalytical as providers of automation solutions across Australia and Asia and follows on from our success in supplying automation systems to laboratories in Europe.”

Completion of the laboratory facility is slated for mid-2021.