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Lucideon is pleased to announce that Tony Cotton has been


LUCIDEON APPOINTS CONSULTANT FOR COMPANY FUNDED POOLED RESEARCH appointed as Company


Funded Pooled Research (CFPR) consultant. Tony will report to the CFPR Advisory Body (AB) and manage the activity on behalf of the AB and Technology Partners.


With over 40 years’ experience in the ceramics industry, Tony was worked across numerous roles during his career in tile manufacturing. As operations director at Johnson Tiles, Tony was responsible for all manufacturing and technical activities, before moving on to special projects.


Tony was chair of the Lucideon Tile Members Committee for 18 years and is also a member of several associations, boards and


committees, including: European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association, Lucideon Company Funded Pooled Research


Advisory Body,


and the British Ceramic Confederation Tile Manufacturers Committee.


Tony has an OND in Ceramic Technology, Diploma in Management Studies and MSc in Engineering Business Management.


Tony commented:


“I am delighted to join the CFPR team, especially having a long standing passion for research and close links to the CFPR as a previous member of the Advisory Body.


“I plan to use my experience of the ceramics Karin Lindgren sees several advantages with crooked holes The CFPR is specifically


industry to co-ordinate the effort of the scientific talent at Lucideon to provide innovation and solutions for Technology Partners.”


for Lucideon


Technology Partners and provides high value, identified research projects with the aim of providing commercial impact. The projects are varied and include everything from industry challenges and technical issues, to improving resource efficiency and product innovation. Lucideon uses its unique expertise, information resources and cross-industry knowledge to help Technology Partners to develop new products and technologies and solve problems.


LKAB CONDUCTS PROSPECTING DRILLING TO SECURE THE FUTURE


To secure LKAB's future the company must locate the orebodies. To do this, LKAB can use many methods and technologies; one example is prospecting drilling. By conducting prospecting drilling LKAB will gain more detailed knowledge of the geometry and geochemistry of the mineralisation. Now, LKAB has also commenced trials with crooked, or deviated, bore holes. This year LKAB has begun to test crooked bore holes in prospecting drilling for several reasons. With conventional drilling LKAB must drive drifts to reach drilling locations, which is a costly and time-consuming process.


“We can already see several advantages with crooked holes. Overall, the number of drilling metres is reduced, and we do not have to drive drifts at the outer edges of the orebody to the same extent and can reach the intended drilling locations with greater precision. With crooked drilling, we can reach greater depth and access the ore from different angles. The


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technique can be used to reach the outer boundaries of the orebody and gain a better understanding of its geometry,” says Karin Lindgren, geologist at LKAB.


Today, two drill rigs are being used and a third will soon be operational. LKAB is testing the crooked-hole technique to first learn, and then evaluate, the method.


“We want to push the boundaries find out what can be done with this technology in this type of rock and at what cost. More friction arises when drilling deviated holes, so drilling takes longer and currently costs nearly three times as much as conventional drilling. We therefore have to press the costs and compare them against the time and resources that are needed for driving new drifts for conventional drilling,” says Anders Edlert, project manager for prospecting drilling at LKAB.


ENGINEER THE REFRACTORIES November 2018 Issue


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