Archive for March, 2010

Monday, March 15th, 2010

New Sample Prep Lab in Medellin, Colombia

Our Medellin lab will serve our clients in Colombia. We will be providing preparation of rock, core and soil samples and then shipping via air freight to our Santiago and Vancouver labs for analysis. With this location we will be better able to serve our clients with increased capacity and faster turnaround.

Regional Manager

Gustavo Canizales joined Acme Labs in 2009, following a career of over 12 years in Mexico and Peru in the Metallurgical and Minerals Analysis businesses.
He graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Sonora in Mexico. Gustavo is looking forward to working with our clients to develop Colombia’s full exploration potential. Give him a call to discuss how AcmeLabs can best serve your needs.

AcmeLabs is pleased to announce the opening of its new, expanded sample preparation laboratory in Medellin, Colombia. The lab was previously located at Bogotá. The new facility has extra drying and crushing capacity to meet the needs of this growing market. It will provide end to end sample tracking using our Acme Access system. We will also be using our ISO:9001:2008 Standard Operating Procedures. Please contact our local manager for further details.

Cl. 79 Sur No. 47D-24, Sabaneta
Medellín, Antioquia
Colombia
Tel: +57 4 301 9941

Acme Labs uses state of the art engineering to construct the best possible sample preparation dust control system in the industry. Acme Labs has been designing and improving upon dust control systems for three decades and the AcmeDCU is the result of this long history of improvement. The AcmeDCU provides a unique design that accomplishes the following;

  1. Enhances the safety of the worker by greatly reducing exposure to dust and noise
  2. Provides good ergonomics for the worker to reduce injuries and improve productivity
  3. Ensures excellent dust control to minimize cross contamination and dust exposure between samples
  4. Minimizes impact on the environment by consuming less energy and requiring less maintenance
Monday, March 15th, 2010

New Sample Prep Lab in Copiapo, Chile

The Copiapó lab will serve our clients in northern Chile. We will be providing preparation of rock, core and soil samples and then shipping to our Santiago lab for analysis. With this location we will be better able to serve our clients with increased capacity and faster turnaround.

Branch Manager

Rene Marin is a Qualified Analytical Chemist and has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry in Chile, having worked in laboratories, quality control and on-site locations. He is bilingual and has excellent knowledge of our analytical packages. Call Rene to discuss your local programs and to organize sample pickup with secure chain of custody.

Acmelabs is pleased to announce the opening of its new sample preparation laboratory in Copiapó, Northern Chile. This lab will provide high capacity sample processing and end to end sample tracking using our Acme Access system. We will also be using our ISO:9001:2008 Standard Operating Procedures. Please contact our local manager for further details.

Carretera Diego de Almagro s/n
Costado de Maestranza Resk.
Tel: +56 52 535 347

Acme Labs uses state of the art engineering to construct the best possible sample preparation dust control system in the industry. Acme Labs has been designing and improving upon dust control systems for three decades and the AcmeDCU is the result of this long history of improvement. The AcmeDCU provides a unique design that accomplishes the following;

  1. Enhances the safety of the worker by greatly reducing exposure to dust and noise
  2. Provides good ergonomics for the worker to reduce injuries and improve productivity
  3. Ensures excellent dust control to minimize cross contamination and dust exposure between samples
  4. Minimizes impact on the environment by consuming less energy and requiring less maintenance
Monday, March 8th, 2010

GDL Staff Joins the Acme Team!


Lucia Hall
Assistant Manager, Wet Assay

On July 29th, 2009, Acme Analytical Laboratories (“Acme”) and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) completed an agreement that saw the transfer of all staff, equipment and work from Global Discovery Laboratories (formerly Teck Cominco Exploration Lab) to Acme Labs.

Formally joining the Acme Team on February 1, 2010, the GDL staff will assist Acme in our ability to handle higher sample volumes. In addition, Acme now possesses additional expertise, enabling us to offer a more diverse set of analytical packages including X-ray Fluorescence, X-ray Diffraction, Umpire Assay and Heavy Mineral Separation.

Lucia Hall joins Acme Labs as Assistant Manager, Wet Assay. Having been with GDL/Teck since 1980, Lucia specializes in geochemical and classical wet assay.

Alice Kwan is taking on the position of Research Chemist. As a geochemical ICP-AES & ICPMS specialist with 32 years of experience, Alice will be an integral part of our research & development team in bringing quality analysis to our clients.

Fred Lo, an expert in X-ray Fluorescence as applied to whole rock and minor element analysis, brings 35 years of knowledge and experience. Fred will lead the newly created XRF department to provide high quality X-ray Fluorescence data to our clients.

Stephen Tucker is taking on the position of Sample Preparation Manager for the Vancouver facility. Prior to joining Acme Labs, Stephen acquired 32 years of experience with GDL/Teck. His specialties include Heavy Mineral Separation, as well as, overseeing all aspects of the sample preparation process.

Susie Woo joins Acme Labs as Client Services Manager. With 31 years of experience in sample registration protocol, sample tracking and assignment, client liaison and administration, Susie will be the person to talk to for all client needs.

Having Lucia, Alice, Fred, Stephen and Susie joining the Acme team will enable Acme to provide a greater scope of analysis and service to our client.

Please join us with welcoming them and giving them our support in their new roles.


Alice Kwan
Research Chemist

Fred Lo
XRF Manager

Stephen Tucker
Sample Prep Manager (Vancouver)

Susie Woo
Client Services Manager
Monday, March 1st, 2010

Acme Labs Chile Post Earthquake Status

Following on from the Earthquake that struck Chile in the early hours of Saturday morning, we are pleased to report that AcmeLabs staff is all well and accounted for, albeit still somewhat traumatised. The lab facilities were declared intact over the weekend after a thorough review of the electrical, gas and water lines by our Occupation Health and Safety Officer and Maintenance Staff.

As of Monday afternoon the Analytical laboratory is operating at 70%. We are waiting for some staff to deal with pressing family matters and relocations due to their homes being in a poor state. Electricity was restored over the weekend as was the water supply. Our primary Internet Service Provider (ISP) is down, but the backup ISP is working.

With regards to logistics and freight forwarding of sample pulps, our Couriers have advised that there will be a delay of 5 days before resumption of services into Santiago. In the meantime, we are sending samples from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru for analysis in Vancouver. In those cases where the service is not available or our clients prefer to wait an extra 5 days, then we will send the samples to Santiago as they have been processed to date. Samples from Argentina and Brazil are being processed through the land border near Santiago.

AcmeLabs appreciates your patience in these difficult days. Chile was well prepared for an earthquake, but perhaps not one of this magnitude. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected. We will be making a contribution to the rebuilding efforts as they get started later this month.


AcmeLabs Chile Situación después del Terremoto

Después del terremoto que impactó a Chile en la madrugada del día sábado, estamos agradecidos en reportar que nuestros empleados se encuentran presentes y con buena salud, aunque siguen afectados. Se declaró la faena intacta después de una revisión rigurosa por parte del Prevencionista y la gente de Mantención de las líneas de electricidad, gas y agua.

Al día lunes en la tarde, el laboratorio se encuentra operativo en 70%. Estamos a la espera de unos empleados que están viendo situaciones relacionadas con sus familias y sus casas que están en mal estado. Tanto el suministro eléctrico como de agua se restablecieron en el fin de semana. El proveedor principal de servicios (ISP) de internet está fuera de servicio, pero el ISP de respaldo está operativo.

Con respecto a la logística y recepción de pulpas proveniente de nuestras sedes, los Couriers nos han avisado de que habrá un atraso de 5 días antes del reinicio de servicios hacia el aeropuerto de Santiago. Mientras tanto vamos a enviar muestras que vienen de Colombia, República Dominicana, Ecuador, Guyana y Perú para análisis hacia el laboratorio de Vancouver. En los casos donde el servicio no está disponible en Vancouver o que nuestros clientes prefieren esperar 5 días más, tendremos que enviar las muestras hacia Santiago como lo hemos hecho hasta ahora. Muestras provenientes de Argentina y Brazil se están pasando por la frontera terrestre cerca Santiago.

AcmeLabs agradece su paciencia en estos momentos difíciles. Chile estaba bien preparado para un terremoto, pero no de tan gran magnitud. Nuestras condolencias para las familias y amigos de los afectados. Haremos una contribución a los medios que contribuirán en la reestructuración del país.

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