Industrial minerals

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Industrial minerals

Industrial minerals, such as clays, bauxite, feldspar and heavy minerals among others have a wide range of applications. These minerals are used in their natural state, or after beneficiation, either as raw materials or as additives in applications such as ceramics, plastics, glass and construction. PANalytical offers solutions to meet the needs and requirements of these industries right across the value chain.


In addition to X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) we can also offer near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy with ASD technology as a rapid and reliable analytical technique for exploration or process control.

Typical applications include:

  • Mineral identification for geological exploration
  • Elemental analysis for process control
  • Grade control for compositional mapping of ore deposits and drill cores

From mining to quality control

Our range of wavelength dispersive (WD) and energy dispersive (ED) X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers offer the flexibility and robustness to handle an extensive range of analyses. The Zetium sequential spectrometer with dedicated packages such as WROXI, Pro-Trace and Omnian provides highly sensitive and precise elemental analysis, rapid throughput and maximum uptime, essential for this type of industry.

X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a key tool for the characterization of phase content and grade of industrial minerals. Our CubiX³ Minerals diffractometer is the preferred choice where other techniques reach their analytical limits such as the analysis of light elements (lithium ores), differentiation of minerals with similar elemental content (bauxites, heavy minerals sands, phosphates, limestone) and quantification of amorphous and crystalline contents (coal).

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