Process materials (consumables) are often used as a problem solving tools through overdosage in metallurgical processes, which is merely an expensive way of resolving problems. i.e.
- Carbon in gold process
- Reagents in flotation process
- Steel balls in ball mills
- Ceramic media in tertiary vertical and horizontally stirred mills. i.e. IsaMill, MSD.
.......Here the principle is to refrain from using process materials to offset fundamental flaws like design, operator frailties, unsuitable recipe, equipment size and process bottleneck.