• Remove scale and build-up from pipes / valves / fittings
  • Save on downtime and maintenance, increase safety
  • No flow limitation
  • Prevent and remove mineral build-up without chemicals
  • Improve irrigation in heap-leach mining
  • Remove odours and deposits from wastewater tanks
 

MINING CAMP TREATMENT

Mining towns are located far from pre-existing towns and far from long established cities that have established water provision and high quality water. The challenge is to provide suitable water for the miners who are resident in the new town. When the solution is using groundwater, companies face high costs in replacing pipework and infrastructure if scaling occurs. Many companies install Orbitsmart before the town is occupied, to act as a scale preventative for the life of the town. Others companies see the need for descaling after changing to a lower quality water source, and then install Orbitsmart asfix.

WATER SOURCES AND FLOW RATES

Where fresh water is limiting, or where large volumes are needed, companies may resort to recycling water, or using groundwater. Any mineral-laden water will generally cause scaling or build-up on pipes, fittings, and machinery that it comes in contact with, and this scaling can pose a significant cost to business.


Productivity is directly influenced by water quality, and by the ability to control or affect water quality at reasonable cost. Many users report a need to maintain high water flow rates, while still imposing some kind of treatment regime, in order to maximise efficiency and profits. This is where orbitsmart is useful. orbitsmart does not limit the flow rate of water in your application, and a section of orbitsmart pipe fits right into your existing pipeline.

TECHNOLOGY

Orbitsmart is a physical water treatment system that breaks the bonds between minerals in solution, and progressively unblocks pipes and infrastructure. orbitsmart can also be used as a preventative to protect infrastructure from scaling. Non-ferrous pipe sections are inserted into an operations’ existing pipe system. A computer controlling the section generates electrical fields which are frequency-modulated with respect to polarity, and these pass through the pipe into the mineralised water. Electrical wiring does not contact the water, and current draw is low. The flow of water is not impeded or limited. This technology breaks the bonds between minerals in solution, hydrating and dissolving them, and these effects are felt downstream as dissolution of build-up and scale.

SAFETY AND CONTINUITY

Health of workers is a focus of productive operations. Frequent or regular replacement of pipes is a hazard, because workers are exposed to the pipe’s contents which are often harmful, and companies also face considerable downtime in pipe maintenance, and the expense of pipe replacement. Use of orbitsmart technology maintains an operation’s productivity by reducing downtime, and also prevents workers from contacting ores and descalants. A related issue is odour in wastewater and truck washes. Often these are applications where water is recycled. Elimination of odours is normally accomplished by chlorine, which is unsafe for workers. It has been found that use of orbitmart lessens the need for chlorine, and reduces odours