Complete Training Program for (S)AG- Ball Mill Operations

$3,854.00 USD


This complete 20 module program is designed for grinding operations with primary AG or SAG milling, either alone or followed by ball milling.
The estimated completion time is approximately 58 hours.


  • Metcom Training Modules 1-16, 18,19,21,22 (see descriptions below)
  • Registration and online access for 1 year*
  • Certificate of Program Completion from the Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 5.8 CEU’s ( Continuing Education Units)
  • Training support
  • Limited support in applying methods learned in the training to your operation
  • Computer Circuit Mass Balance Program (module 16)
  • Updates to training materials and software

*  $95/year renewal fee after the first year in order to maintain access.

Included Modules:

1. Introduction to the Metcom System
To know the technical and economic reasons for applying the Metcom System to plant grinding operations.

2. Mill Power Draw
To determine mill power draw characteristics and capabilities for rod, ball and AG/SAG mills.

3. Mill Power and Charge Level Measurements
To determine the actual mill power draw and volumetric load of your mill from plant readings and measurements.

4. Work Index Efficiency
To determine the Work Index calculations for evaluating grinding circuit efficiency, as initially developed by Mr. Fred Bond.

5. Functional Performance of Ball Milling
To determine ball mill circuit performance in terms of the elements of the functional performance equation.

6. Grinding and Plant Economics
To relate grinding circuit performance to grinding costs and the overall economics of the plant.

7. Hydrocyclone Performance
To quantitatively characterize cyclone performance.

8. Hydrocyclone Adjustments
To make adjustments to cyclones to achieve desired performance.

9. Slurry Pumping
To characterize slurry pump performance and make adjustments to achieve desired performance.

10. Existing and Required Data
To list data requirements and gather existing data on the grinding circuit.

11. Sampling and Grinding Circuit Surveys
To design, plan and carry out grinding circuit sampling surveys.

12. Sample Handling and Analysis
To develop standard procedures to carry out analyses of circuit survey samples.

13. Introduction to Grindability Testing
To identify the different objectives and types of grindability tests.

14. Bond Grindability Tests
To carry out Bond rod and ball mill grindability tests.

15. Batch Grindability Tests
To develop standard procedures to carry out on-site batch grindability tests.

16. Mass Balance Calculations
To perform computerized mass balance calculations.

18. Evaluation of Circuit Classification
To evaluate ball mill circuit alternative design variables and operating conditions related to classification system efficiency.

19. Evaluation of Ball Mill Grinding
To evaluate ball mill circuit alternative design variables and operating conditions related to ball mill grinding efficiency.

21. Grinding Circuit Control
To define purposes for grinding process control, identify disturbances and suitable corrective actions, specify a control system, and estimate the economic benefits of improved control.

22. Evaluation of Autogenous and Semi-Autogenous Grinding
Developed for plant metallurgical staff and operations management, as well as those who support them (e.g., technical departments and suppliers). This module provides essential knowledge and a set of skills to effectively manage AG/SAG circuit processing performance.

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