IMA Engineering, “a huge step forward in my career”
Upon completing the 1st academic year of my master’s studies, I joined IMA Engineering Oy as a Research Engineer. This was for my summer internship and I have been working full-time since early May this year.
I moved to Finland in Autumn 2021 for my higher studies. I am following the Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining master’s program specializing in Mineral Processing at Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu.
by Damith de Silva
Digitalization and X-ray high-tech in mining
During my short period working with IMA, I was privileged to learn a lot about mine digitalization and the prospects to use X-ray-based high-tech equipment for sampling and analyzing ore to ensure the sustainability of the resource while increasing the profit and reducing the carbon footprint.
IlluMINEation, for sustainable and intelligent mineral resources extraction
Further, I could take part in several local and international projects including the Horizon 2020 illuMINEation project. I participated in the fourth consortium meeting of EU funded project, which was held on the 8th & 9th of June 2022 in Leoben, Austria, along with the Jukka Raatikainen (CEO of IMA) and Ilpo Auranen (COB).
The project aims to develop “Bright concepts for a safe & sustainable digital mining future”. IMA is one of the key project partners in developing Sustainable & intelligent mineral resources extraction techniques and I am very delighted to announce that I will be doing my master’s thesis related to this work. During the Austria visit, we also visited the RHI Magnesita mine in Breitenau, which is the largest known sparry magnesite deposit in the eastern Alpine region, and discuss the future proceeding with installing the IMA Autosampler in RHI Magnesita underground mine currently operating 900m below the surface.
Maintenance for a Fast Conveyor Analyzer
Moreover, I took part in a maintenance visit to Sotkamo Silver mine in Central Finland where IMA Fast Conveyor Analysis FCA has been installed planning to conduct bulk ore sorting. During the visit, I could get a handful of experiences on the real-life mine and regular maintenance of FCA.
I am so glad that I joined IMA because I could contribute to the sustainable use of minerals and drive the world towards Clean Future – Energy with Zero Carbon Emissions. I strongly believe that the company is a perfect place to grow within and gain experience in every aspect such as R&D, customer service, maintenance, support management, etc.
What is IMA Engineering?
IMA Engineering has used on-line sensors for analyzing ore and waste rock in mining for more than 25 years. Today IMA on-line sensors are used in various stages of the mining process including on-line analysis of drill cores, drill chips, ore and waste in loader bucket, ROM ore analysis on belt conveyor belt and in bulk ore sorting and in slurry analysis in concentrators.
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