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Spin-out company hits the ground running

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A NEW CSIRO-owned spin-out company called Intalysis has hit the ground running with multiple orders from BHP Billiton and other resource companies. It has also secured local and international distributors including Australian-based Control Systems Technology and Praxis Minas in Brazil.

The company was spun out to commercialise the Low Frequency Microwave (LFM) Moisture Analyser - an on-line analysis instrument that delivers continuous, accurate measurements of moisture in the most demanding bulk materials handling applications.

Originally developed by the On-line Analysis and Control team at CSIRO Minerals, the LFM Analyser is currently being used by operators in the iron ore and coal industries to improve their material handling and environmental performance.

The success of the analysers could soon see the systems used in a wide range of seemingly unrelated applications, ranging from the manufacture of wood chips and particle board to the control of moisture in the bulk grain and food industry.

"The LFM Moisture Analyser is already playing an important role in the mining industry. Yet the functionality of the technology ensures it is relevant for a broad range of markets where moisture control is an issue," Intalysis managing director Graeme McGown said

"The LFM Moisture Analyser is the culmination of over 20 years' work in moisture analysis technology," McGown said.

"The result is an outstanding product that is recognised throughout the world for its accuracy and ease of use."

Initially, Intalysis is a wholly-owned CSIRO company.

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