Examine soil samples automatically

Examining soil samples is a comprehensive task, which needs to be carried out as carefully and efficiently as possible. Because there are many actions involved – where nothing should go wrong – automation of the entire process is a wise choice.

Especially since this type of research is almost always about results, with sometimes serious and far-reaching consequences. There is a very good reason why the government has set strict standards for the implementation of expert and reliable soil research. That even applies to the preparation of samples.

Van Gelder Engineering, member of UNIS Group, develops and supplies systems that are capable of performing the sample preparation completely automatically. The systems work according to a fixed process, and deliver a constant quality, taking into account the prescribed standards. Human actions, with a greater chance of deviations, are no longer necessary. The research staff can now focus on their most important task, that of analysing and interpreting the collected data.

Completely independent, step by step – no process is too complicated

Our AQUAIOS Soil Sampler expert is happy to advise you on how the system is best applied in your situation, fully or partly automated, up to a pre-selected step in the process. Combined with other instruments or integrated with an ICP system, many different versions are possible.

In principle, every kind of control can be programmed. Unless instructed differently, the system then no longer deviates from the chosen method. From the route of the bottle with the sample to be prepared, through filling with solvent or tracer fluid, shaking, optically checked using a camera, accurately sucking up the correct layer with a pipette, transferring to a filter, to intermediate calibrations of the analysis instrument using control samples to ensure the system’s measurement reliability.

Additional benefits, besides constant quality and time savings

This method significantly reduces the use of costly Argon per sample. In addition, the work can be carried out without the presence of an operator. Finally, sophisticated integration with existing systems or instruments usually means a reduction in lead time. Delays caused by waiting times or collection times are minimized, after all.

Communication with other data systems

If you use a LIMS system, or any other company data system, the sample preparation system is easily integrated. The relevant data per sample are then readily available at other locations in the company, or even online. For example, it can be used for ‘real-time’ data visualization, displayed via an interface that allows the user to control the system immediately, even remotely. The soil sample analysis system can also communicate directly with a production line or the operator of the production line, as part of an overarching automation system within the laboratory.

Maintenance and Service

The Service Department is ready to assist you with any maintenance or interim adjustments. In many cases, remote guidance is possible.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in how the system can contribute to your soil research, please contact us. Our AQUAIOS Soil Sampler specialist will be happy to visit you on site to discuss the benefits, opportunities and applications, plus the options to adapt the system to your wishes and requirements.