Mineral Sample Preparation is a vital stage in the process of minerals analytical testing.

The purpose of sample preparation is generally the production of a homogeneous sub-sample, representative of the material submitted to the laboratory. Correct preparation is critical to obtaining meaningful analytical results. 

Sample preparation is also critical for the liberation of elements of interest for representative sub-sampling, in order to facilitate decomposition techniques and to reduce particle size effects. Segregation into high and low grade sample preparation areas and utilisation of techniques such as vacuuming pulveriser vessels and/or quartz washes between samples reduces the potential for contamination. Robotic preparation employing quartz washes is also available at some facilities. Strict adherence to handling, safety and quality protocols ensures quality standards within sample preparation are maintained.

The selection of the actual sample preparation procedures depends on the type and size of the sample, the mineralogy, and the client’s analytical and budgetary requirements. Sample preparation packages are available for commonly used procedures. 

Intertek is committed to providing the best advice and modern state-of-the-art equipment to guarantee the production of precise, accurate and meaningful analytical data providing Total Quality Assurance.

To facilitate easy selection of sample preparation procedures, commonly used techniques have also been packaged together. For more detailed information, please contact our laboratory managers to discuss the most suitable options for your requirements.

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