Plant operators have a large impact on the operational performance and efficiency of a Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) by operation of equipment and their problem solving abilities. Training plant operators in the fundamentals of coal processing and familiarising them with the in-depth operational aspects of their specific Coal Preparation Plant (CPP) has been proven to result in significant efficiency benefits. Operators who understand the principles behind the processes they are operating have a greater ability to make optimal decisions when required.
Understanding the principles of coal processing can have a major impact on the planning, design and implementation of projects or services which support the coal processing industry. Correctly identifying the interactions between related washplant services and direct coal processing operations as well as training staff in coal processing fundamentals can greatly improve systems design as well as the smoothness and efficiency of service provision. Support services where coal processing training would be considered beneficial could include:
- Equipment suppliers;
- Software developers;
- Logistics operations; and
- Suppliers of reagents or other consumables.
QPS Consulting Services
QPS personnel have been actively involved in the delivery of Australian Coal Preparation Society's (ACPS) training courses and have extensive experience in delivering both fundamental and in-depth training to a range of audiences. Furthermore, their technical expertise in design and operation has led to the development of training courses in:
- Dense medium circuits:
- Dense Medium Cyclones;
- Dense Medium Baths and Drums; and
- Magnetite circuit control and recovery.
- Fines beneficiation:
- Teetered Bed Separators; and
- Reflux Classifiers.
- Ultra-fines Beneficiation:
- Jameson cells;
- Mechanical cells; and
- Reagent dosing.
- Fine and coarse dewatering:
- Coarse and fine centrifuges; and
- Dewatering screens.
- Thickening and ultra-fines dewatering:
- Reagent dosing;
- Vacuum filtration;
- Belt press filters; and
- Secondary flocculation and tailings disposal.
- Process Control.
QPS can provide training in these areas for any organisations looking to improve their staff's knowledge of coal processing technology and industry practices. Each training course can be tailored to the specific needs of the organisation, with training modules customised to the most relevant areas of their specific operation.
In addition to operator training, QPS can develop a series of Trigger Action Response Plans (TARPs) for a CPP. The TARPS define a specific triggering event and the appropriate operator response to correct an issue within the plant.