|By Marketwired .||
|November 1, 2007 01:19 PM EDT||
SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/01/07 -- Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UCOI), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced that a new photo gallery showing testing of the Krebs hydrocyclone, which is used to classify ores after they have been ground through the ball mill in the Deer Trail mill and processing facility, has been added to the company's corporate website, www.unicomining.com. The hydrocyclone testing was conducted under the supervision of Edgar Blanco, senior metallurgist for Unico's wholly owned Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary, who can be seen in several pictures in the new gallery.
The new photo gallery showing the testing of the Krebs hydrocyclone has been added to the "Media" section of the Unico website at www.unicomining.com./news/othermedia.php.
Testing of the Krebs hydrocyclone was conducted to help determine the necessary operating parameters for the milling of ores in the facility. The hydrocyclone is a key piece of equipment, which conducts the size classification of the ore after it has been ground in the ball mill. The underflow, or material that is too coarse to progress to the next step in the processing circuit, will be cycled back to the ball mill to be reground, and the overflow, which is material that has been crushed to the appropriate size, will be sent to the conditioning tank prior to entering the floatation process.
Pictures in the new photo gallery show the tests, in which workflow rates of the hydrocyclone were observed by running ore samples containing 20%, 40% and 60% solids through the cyclone. The ore samples were mixed in a tank and pumped to the hydrocyclone. Samples of the underflow and overflow were taken to help determine the locations of the particle distribution and the percentage of solids that will be required to be pumped to the hydrocyclone during milling operations. By altering the percentage of solids being pumped to the hydrocyclone, the particle size in the underflow and overflow can be manipulated.
The ore that was used in the hydrocyclone testing was a composite comprised of ores found in various locations on the Deer Trail Mine property. Screened stockpiled material at the site is expected to be the most immediate target of processing operations at the Deer Trail mill facility once operations have been initiated. The ore samples were crushed, pulverized and placed into five gallon buckets under strict guidance of Mr. Blanco. The samples, which were prepared in the lab, simulated the finely ground product that will be generated in the ball mill during milling operations. Several of the pictures in the new gallery show the samples, which were brought into the mill in orange buckets, being used in the testing.
"Given the importance of the ongoing metallurgical testing work being conducted by Mr. Blanco, we are pleased to make this photo gallery available on our website for our shareholders to see firsthand," stated Mark A. Lopez, chief executive officer of Unico. "This is a significant step in preparation for the startup phase of processing operations at the Deer Trail mill facility and we are excited about the work being conducted on site at this time."
Unico recently completed the purchase of the Deer Trail Mine for its Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary.
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About Unico, Inc.
Unico, Inc. (OTCBB: UCOI) is a publicly traded natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector that is focused on the exploration, development and production of gold, silver, lead, zinc, and copper concentrates at its three mine properties: the Deer Trail Mine, the Bromide Basin Mine and the Silver Bell Mine. The company has also announced agreements to acquire over 70 additional mining claims. Recently, Unico announced that its wholly owned Deer Trail Mining Company subsidiary had completed the purchase of the Deer Trail Mine from Crown Mines, LLC. For more information, please visit www.unicomining.com.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and such Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The company may experience significant fluctuations in operating results due to a number of economic, competitive and other factors. These factors could cause operation results to vary significantly from those in prior periods, and those projected in forward-looking statements. Information with respect to these factors, which could materially affect the company and its operations, are included on certain forms the company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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