ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Analytical Services Laboratory (ASL) is accredited by the Standards Canada Council (SCC) through the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ). For more info, For more info, click on these links: ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Certificate and the Scope of Accreditation.
ISO 9001:2015 Pyrometallurgical characterization laboratory (PCL)
ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
To carry out the mandates you entrust to us
Well-prepared to carry out tasks from simple screenings to comprehensive pilot projects on a semi-industrial scale of a complete ore processing circuit
Corem has a wide range of equipment to carry out pilot testing of comminution circuits. Most of it is modular and mobile; this allows flexible circuit configurations to meet clients objectives.
The comminution group has also developed expertise in the simulation of different types of mills and comminution circuits and owns recognized simulation software for grinding circuits (such as JKSimMet) in addition to in-house simulators.
HPGR (800 mm x 250 mm) AG/SAG mills (6 ft x 2 ft) Crushers
Jaw, cone and roll Mills
Rod, ball and pebble
(12 in. x 12 in. to 30 in. x 60 in.) Hydrocyclones Sieves Filters and thickeners
Bond Work Indices: Abrasion Work Index (Ai) Ball Mill Work Index (WiB) Rod Mill Work Index (WiR)
Levin Work Index
Karra Work Index
Drop Weight Test (Axb)
Abrasion Test (ta)
Corem has a wide range of gravimetric, magnetic and electrostatic separation equipment to conduct almost any task at the bench and pilot scales.In addition to standard equipment, such as spirals or hindered settlers, Corem possesses the last generation of gravity separators.
With those equipment and its expertise, Corem can push gravity separation up a notch and separate finer ore or minerals with low density differences or that are normally out of the range of traditional separation technologies.
Instrumented flotation columns 25 ft x 2, 4, 6 in. and 16 ft x 12 in.)
On stream analysis using LIBS technology
Portable flotation columns
The flotation laboratory is equipped with cells of various sizes, all equipped with monitoring instruments for an accurate control of each flotation test.
Metallurgical performances can be validated through lock cycle or semi-industrial continuous tests.
An applied mineralogy laboratory
An ISO / IEC 17025:2005 accredited chemical analysis laboratory
Corem is capable of addressing a very wide span of flotation issues, from developing flotation strategies based on ore-specific properties to explaining performance mishaps in existing plants.
Corem maintains a complete hydrometallurgical sector for handling, at the laboratory and semi-industrial scales, all mineral acids and bases under high temperature or high pressure.
Whether in order to concentrate the metals of interest or to remove metal impurities in a non-metallic deposit such as graphite, the expertise of its team is well established and capable of providing substantial added value to every project Corem is entrusted with.
Pressure filter and vacuum filter (horizontal and vertical)
From the results of mineralogical analyses carried out in COREM’s laboratories, a multidisciplinary team works together to develop all stages of a project and define an experimental flowsheet.
Corem uses state-of-the-art equipment and follows standardised procedures to guarantee the preparation of representative samples out of bulk samples from the laboratory, the pilot plant or from the deposit.
Samples of any origin (crushing, grinding, sieving, shaking table separation, dense media separation, magnetic separation, etc.) can be studied in bulk or mounted into high quality polished or thin layer sections in COREM’s mineralogical laboratory.
The MLA is used to conduct quantitative mineralogical studies on various ores and process samples.
Modal analysis (mineral list and abundances)
Particle size distribution
Liberation of minerals of interest (valuable and gangue minerals)
(valuable and contaminants)
Theoretical recovery curves
Automated optical microscope
Corem has developed in-house an automated optical microscope for characterizing the microstructure of iron ore pellets
Petrographic studies of new deposits
Assessment of beneficiation potential of ore bodies
Drill core characterization
Study of process samples for troubleshooting
Plant performance prediction
Elemental and mineral deportment studies
Iron ore pellets characterization
Pelletizing and thermal processes
Corem offers high and proven expertise in optimizing the chemical composition of various types of iron ore pellets and their firing cycle. Pot-grate or grate-kiln-cooler test rigs are used to optimize firing conditions for either the travelling grate or the grate-kiln processes. Pelletizing test work can be carried out at the:
Laboratory scale, using a balling tire or disk in combination with basket firing, with the capacity to fire up to six different samples in one test;
Pilot scale, using a 1 m pelletizing disk in combination with pot-grate or grate-kiln-cooler firing tests.
Corem can also determine pellet properties following their reduction at high temperature
Corem has all the equipment and necessary expertise to perform tests meeting the highest quality standards (ISO international standards, and other standards). Corem is an active member of the ISO/TC/102 committee for the development of ISO standards for iron ore and direct reduced iron ore. Corem chairs the CAC ISO/TC/102/SC3 Canadian sub-committee on physical testing. Corem’s pyrometallurgical characterization laboratory is certified ISO 9001:2015.
Extensive equipment for the characterization of binders, minerals, and pellets
Balling tire (exploratory testing)
0.5 m diameter pelletizing disk
1 m diameter pelletizing disk (~ 500 kg/h iron ore)
Roller deck screen
Firing simulators for travelling grate and grate-kiln processes (pot-grate, pot-grate/rotary-kiln)
Pot-grate basket firing
Eirich mixer (micropelletizing)
Komarek press (briquetting)
Continuous rotary kiln (0.4 m diameter by 4.8 m length)