The Plus of Additive Technology

Focused on bettering its product quality, Saskatchewan Minerals stays ahead of the curve with new additive manufacturing techniques.

Efficiency has always been a great priority for Saskatchewan Minerals Inc. Improving productivity, enhancing operating capacity and increasing company production rates have always been valued.

One area that Saskatchewan Minerals is staying ahead of the curve is in the processing of sodium sulphate for its customers. With the help of current additive manufacturing techniques—like the addition of sulphuric acid to its clarified brine—Saskatchewan Minerals is reducing carbonates and bicarbonates in the brine clarification phase of anhydrous sodium sulphate to significantly lower the amount of water added to produce the finished product.

“Having less carbonates and bicarbonates requires less water addition at the centrifuge to destroy fines, which in turn translates into an increased production rate, a reduced energy consumption per ton and a non-compromised quality of product for the customer,” notes Glenn Jackle, senior quality and process engineer for Saskatchewan Minerals. “Additive technology significantly reduces scaling of the heat exchangers and evaporator bodies and improves operating capacity and productivity.”

An eye ahead

To meet their ever changing needs, Saskatchewan Minerals is constantly looking to the newest technologies to help produce the highest grade product possible, today. Responding quickly and efficiently to ever-changing customer requirements has allowed them to remain a world leader in the production and distribution of a high grade sodium sulphate.

“[Additive technology] is something that Saskatchewan Minerals does to stay ahead of the market place,” says Glenn. “We can now meet higher quality specifications than ever before.”

Forever focused on market leadership and progressive thinking, Saskatchewan Minerals is providing assurance to both new and existing customers that the system in place will ensure efficiency, speedy delivery and high product quality.

“The system will definitely allow us to provide our customers with a much better end-product in much less time,” says Glenn.