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UIS Laboratory in Kimberley

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Published Date Written by Garfield Booys

Supporting mining exploration and other developments in the Northern Cape, UIS Analytical Services officially opened their Kimberley branch on 20 October 2011.

This expansion included the establishment of an x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) laboratory focusing primarily on the analysis of iron and manganese ores. With routine analysis now well established at the Kimberley facility, capacity will be expanded with the recent procurement of a second XRF instrument, which will be commissioned in October 2012. The laboratory is also preparing towards SANAS accreditation for the analysis of iron and manganese ores for the first quarter of 2013.

A second phase of expansion is under way with the establishment of a microbiology laboratory. Suitable work space has been identified and converted to the exacting standards for a microbiology laboratory. New equipment has been delivered and it is envisaged that, after completion of Kimberley staff training, microbial tests will be offered to customers by the end of August.
Short of the heels of the micro-lab are plans for a wet chemistry division to further enhance the services offered to Northern Cape clients. The planned wet-chem section will expand the scope of analyses offered in Kimberley to include the monitoring and testing parameters (e.g. pH, conductivity and alkalinity) of borehole and potable waters.

The UIS-AS Kimberley facility follows stringent internal quality procedures, based on the ISO/IEC 17025 procedures in place at the Head Office facility in Centurion, Gauteng.

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