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Katanax X-600 Automated Fusion Machine Performs Faultlessly During Intense Trial
The new Katanax X-600 underwent an intense trial at the RNO nickel operation where it operated 24/7 for upwards of 6 weeks. It performed flawlessly running a minimum of 20 cycles per day, producing 6 samples each run, producing more than 5000 samples
By: AXT Pty Ltd
RNO operate an open cut nickel and cobalt mine producing mixed hydroxide precipitates through a highly technical hydrometallurgical process.
One of the key technologies they employ is XRF which provides elemental compositions of samples. To produce results of sufficient accuracy and reliability, fusion beads are the only solution. To date, they have been using an upgraded Katanax K2 Prime which can process 6 samples simultaneously.
Following installation of the new Katanax X-600 and comparison with the K2 Prime, Magid said “Katanax have obviously listened to the feedback from users of previous models. The X-600 has a much more robust design and other features that are improvements that will endure the rigors of a modern high volume production laboratory and should produce better reliability and longevity.”
Some of these features that Magid was referring to include a higher content of ceramic componentry that can better deal with the heat, heating elements located away from the samples providing better protection from evolved gases and element redundancy, which means the system can continue to operate if you lose an element.
RNO trialed the system for 6 weeks in which time the X-600 was run 24/7, performing a minimum of 20 cycles per day. This resulted in the production of well over 5000 fusion beads. At the conclusion of the trial, he remarked, “the X-600 did everything it was supposed to do. It performed faultlessly in the time we had it. It was easy to use and to the best of my knowledge, is the most advanced system on the market. When the time comes, I would certainly be interest in buying one!”
Dr. Cameron Chai