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Utility
System and Method for Liquid-organic Particle Separation
15 Sep 22
The present invention provides a method and system for separating a liquid from organic particles.
Steven Richardson
Filed: 3 Jun 22
Utility
Systems and Methods for Monitoring Metal Recovery Systems
18 Aug 22
Various embodiments provide a leaching solution monitoring module comprising a first leaching solution distribution system interface, a flow meter in fluid communication with the first leaching solution distribution system interface, the flow meter in fluid communication a 3-way pressure regulator, and a second leaching solution distribution system interface in fluid communication with the 3-way pressure regulator.
John Warren Dean, JR., Christopher Wooten, Chase Zenner
Filed: 29 Apr 22
Utility
System and method for liquid-organic particle separation
14 Jun 22
The present invention provides a method and system for separating a liquid from organic particles.
Steven Richardson
Filed: 7 Dec 20
Utility
Systems and methods for monitoring metal recovery systems
17 May 22
Various embodiments provide a leaching solution monitoring module comprising a first leaching solution distribution system interface, a flow meter in fluid communication with the first leaching solution distribution system interface, the flow meter in fluid communication a 3-way pressure regulator, and a second leaching solution distribution system interface in fluid communication with the 3-way pressure regulator.
John Warren Dean, Jr., Christopher Wooten, Chase Zenner
Filed: 6 Apr 21
Utility
Method for Recovering Copper, Molybdenum, and Precious Metals from Mineral Ores Via Pressure Oxidation
21 Apr 22
The present disclosure provides a method of recovering copper, molybdenum, and a precious metal value from a metal-bearing material, the method comprising bulk flotation of the metal-bearing material to form a flotation product, wherein the metal-bearing material comprises a copper compound, a molybdenum compound, and at least one precious metal value, pressure oxidizing the flotation product to form a pressure oxidized discharge, separating the pressure oxidized discharge to form a separated liquid and separated solid, extracting molybdenum, via a molybdenum solution extraction, from the separated liquid to form a molybdenum-containing stream and a copper-containing stream, extracting copper, via a copper solution extraction, from the copper-containing stream, and extracting the precious metal value, via a cyanide leaching process, from the separated solid.
Christine Rae Green, Brenda Lizzet Mota, Santosh Srivatsa Gunturi, Manuel G. Villalba, JR.
Filed: 7 Oct 21
Utility
Method for Recovering Copper, Molybdenum, and Precious Metals from Silicate-containing Ore
21 Apr 22
The present disclosure provides a method of recovering copper, molybdenum, and a precious metal value from a metal-bearing material, the method comprising bulk flotation of the metal-bearing material to form a flotation product, wherein the metal-bearing material comprises a copper compound, a molybdenum compound, at least one precious metal value, and a silicate, pressure oxidizing the flotation product to form a pressure oxidized discharge, separating the pressure oxidized discharge to form a separated liquid and separated solid, extracting molybdenum, via a molybdenum solution extraction, from the separated liquid to form a molybdenum-containing stream and a copper-containing stream, extracting copper, via a copper solution extraction, from the copper-containing stream, and extracting the precious metal value, via a cyanide leaching process, from the separated solid.
Brenda Lizzet Mota, Thomas R. Bolles, Christine Rae Green, Santosh Srivatsa Gunturi, Manuel G. Villalba, JR.
Filed: 7 Oct 21
Utility
Methods and Systems for Deploying Equipment Required to Meet Defined Production Targets
31 Mar 22
Methods of deploying shovels and haul trucks to meet a defined production target may include: Determining at least one production constraint for a shovel and a material processing system; estimating an effect of entropy on a cycle time of the haul trucks to produce a future cycle time estimate; estimating an effect of entropy on a material processing time of the material processing system to produce a future material processing time estimate; predicting whether a delay will occur during the operation of the shovel, the haul trucks, and the material processing system; estimating a duration of the predicted delay; determining a number of shovels and a number of haul trucks required to meet the defined production target based on the determined production constraint, the future cycle time estimate, the future material processing time estimate, and the duration of the predicted delay; and deploying the determined number of shovels and the determined number of haul trucks.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 8 Dec 21
Utility
Methods and Systems for Deploying Equipment Required to Meet Defined Production Targets
31 Mar 22
Methods and systems determine at least one production constraint for a material loading system and a material processing system; estimate an effect of entropy on a cycle time of a material conveying system to produce a future cycle time estimate; estimate an effect of entropy on a material processing time to produce a future material processing time estimate; predict whether a delay will occur during the operation of the material loading, material conveying, and material processing systems; estimate a duration of the predicted delay; determine a loading system capacity and a conveying system capacity required to meet the defined production target based on the production constraint and estimates of the future cycle time, the future material processing time, and the duration of the predicted delay; and deploy one or more material loading and conveying systems to meet the determined loading and conveying system capacities.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 8 Dec 21
Utility
Methods and systems for deploying equipment required to meet defined production targets
8 Feb 22
Methods and systems determine at least one production constraint for a material loading system and a material processing system; estimate an effect of entropy on a cycle time of a material conveying system to produce a future cycle time estimate; estimate an effect of entropy on a material processing time to produce a future material processing time estimate; predict whether a delay will occur during the operation of the material loading, material conveying, and material processing systems; estimate a duration of the predicted delay; determine a loading system capacity and a conveying system capacity required to meet the defined production target based on the production constraint and estimates of the future cycle time, the future material processing time, and the duration of the predicted delay; and deploy one or more material loading and conveying systems to meet the determined loading and conveying system capacities.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 16 Mar 21
Utility
Methods and systems for determining and controlling vehicle speed
1 Feb 22
Methods and systems of determining and controlling a vehicle travel speed on a roadway determine a grade of the roadway at defined intervals along the roadway; calculate a maximum straight line vehicle speed for each defined interval based on the determined grade and vehicle performance data; determine a radius of curvature and a superelevation of the roadway for each defined interval; determine a lateral friction coefficient for a vehicle/roadway system; calculate a maximum cornering vehicle speed for each defined interval based on the curvature, superelevation, and lateral friction coefficient; calculate the travel speed for each defined interval based on the maximum straight line vehicle speed and the maximum cornering vehicle speed; and control the speed of the vehicle so that it does not exceed the calculated travel speed for each defined interval.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 16 Mar 21
Utility
System and Method Including Multi-circuit Solution Extraction for Recovery of Metal Values from Metal-bearing Materials
28 Oct 21
The present disclosure relates to a metal recovery process comprising a solvent extraction process.
Jason M Morgan, Barbara J Savage, David G Meadows, Wayne W Hazen
Filed: 2 Jul 21
Utility
Clawson-improved Flotation Valve
7 Oct 21
A dart valve is mounted in a modular cartridge that may be replaced as a unit within a junction box without necessarily having to stop a froth flotation process that is underway.
Lloyd Clawson, Enrique Holguin, Steven Mariscal
Filed: 3 Apr 20
Utility
Methods and Systems for Determining Vehicle Travel Routes
23 Sep 21
Systems and methods of determining vehicle travel routes taken by a plurality of vehicles between a plurality of starting locations and a plurality of ending locations may identify a plurality of Trips taken by the vehicles between the starting locations and the ending locations; group the identified plurality of Trips to form Groups of Trips; separate the Groups of Trips to form Collections of Trips; determine a Common Route for each of the Collections of Trips; combine similar Common Routes to form Current Routes; and use the Current Routes to direct future trips to be taken by the vehicles.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 16 Mar 21
Utility
Methods and Systems for Determining and Controlling Vehicle Speed
23 Sep 21
Methods and systems of determining and controlling a vehicle travel speed on a roadway determine a grade of the roadway at defined intervals along the roadway; calculate a maximum straight line vehicle speed for each defined interval based on the determined grade and vehicle performance data; determine a radius of curvature and a superelevation of the roadway for each defined interval; determine a lateral friction coefficient for a vehicle/roadway system; calculate a maximum cornering vehicle speed for each defined interval based on the curvature, superelevation, and lateral friction coefficient; calculate the travel speed for each defined interval based on the maximum straight line vehicle speed and the maximum cornering vehicle speed; and control the speed of the vehicle so that it does not exceed the calculated travel speed for each defined interval.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 16 Mar 21
Utility
Methods and Systems for Deploying Equipment Required to Meet Defined Production Targets
23 Sep 21
Methods and systems determine at least one production constraint for a material loading system and a material processing system; estimate an effect of entropy on a cycle time of a material conveying system to produce a future cycle time estimate; estimate an effect of entropy on a material processing time to produce a future material processing time estimate; predict whether a delay will occur during the operation of the material loading, material conveying, and material processing systems; estimate a duration of the predicted delay; determine a loading system capacity and a conveying system capacity required to meet the defined production target based on the production constraint and estimates of the future cycle time, the future material processing time, and the duration of the predicted delay; and deploy one or more material loading and conveying systems to meet the determined loading and conveying system capacities.
Mary Amelia Walker, Nicholas Hickson, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu
Filed: 16 Mar 21
Utility
Systems and Methods for Monitoring Metal Recovery Systems
5 Aug 21
Various embodiments provide a leaching solution monitoring module comprising a first leaching solution distribution system interface, a flow meter in fluid communication with the first leaching solution distribution system interface, the flow meter in fluid communication a 3-way pressure regulator, and a second leaching solution distribution system interface in fluid communication with the 3-way pressure regulator.
John Warren Dean, JR., Christopher Wooten, Chase Zenner
Filed: 6 Apr 21
Utility
System and method including multi-circuit solution extraction for recovery of metal values from metal-bearing materials
6 Jul 21
The present disclosure relates to a metal recovery process comprising a solvent extraction process.
Jason M Morgan, Barbara J Savage, David G Meadows, Wayne W Hazen
Filed: 1 Nov 19
Utility
Methods and Systems for the Batch Delivery of Material to a Continuous Material Processor
22 Apr 21
Methods and systems of directing the movement of a plurality of batch delivery systems between a loading area and a continuous material processor determine a location of each of at least two of the plurality of batch delivery systems; determine a state of each of the located batch delivery systems; predict an estimated time of arrival at the continuous material processor of a loaded batch delivery system in transit from the loading area to the continuous material processor; predict a number of loaded batch delivery systems that will be located at the continuous material processor at a future time; estimate an idle time for the predicted number of loaded batch delivery systems at the continuous material processor; predict a time when the continuous material processor will be in a No-Material state; and direct the movement of at least one of the plurality of batch delivery systems to minimize at least one of the estimated idle time and the time when the continuous material processor will be in the No-Material state.
Mary Amelia Walker, Robert Catron, Brian Vaughan, Hung Jung Lu, Nicholas Hickson
Filed: 21 Oct 19
Utility
Systems and methods for monitoring metal recovery systems
13 Apr 21
Various embodiments provide a leaching solution monitoring module comprising a first leaching solution distribution system interface, a flow meter in fluid communication with the first leaching solution distribution system interface, the flow meter in fluid communication a 3-way pressure regulator, and a second leaching solution distribution system interface in fluid communication with the 3-way pressure regulator.
John Warren Dean, Jr., Christopher Wooten, Chase Zenner
Filed: 18 Dec 18
Utility
System and Method for Liquid-organic Particle Separation
25 Mar 21
The present invention provides a method and system for separating a liquid from organic particles.
Steven Richardson
Filed: 7 Dec 20
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