When you get down to the nuts and bolts of Precious Metal refining, the sample is the end all be all. It is the deciding factor as to how much our customer will get paid. So it goes without saying, the sample is extremely important. As the leading company in New England that does this kind of work, we go through several steps to ensure we obtain the perfect homogenous sample. The place this happens is in our Sample Room.
The isolated temperature and humidity-controlled environment in our proprietary sample room is ideal for determining the exact value of all the metals a customer brings in. As a Precious Metals refinery, we get quite a variety of material, things like; hazardous solutions from platers, chamber scrapings from Hi tech processes, and Polishing Sweeps from jewelry manufacturers. These metals may come to us in a bag or buried deep in an old rug from a jewelry repair shop. You may wonder how we are able to pay a customer for the precious metal particles embedded in that an old rug. Sure, the customer could vacuum the rug, send us the bag, and receive a check for the effort in which case they’ll, A) get a smaller check than they should, and; B) throw away many dollars worth of precious metal particles. The other option is they can bring the rug to us at Advanced Chemical where we incinerate the old floor covering and use a series of processes to secure a sample that our lab can assay. (Check out the technique.)
Our sample room is home to two sample blenders, two spinning rifflers, as well as dust control equipment. This process makes Advanced Chemical far more cutting-edge than other operators still using the Byzantine “paper folding” technique where the dust from incineration is blended by hand with the dust being placed on a piece of paper. The paper is then folded a number of times in order to blend the dust and samples are then scooped out of the dust. Our process of using the blenders and spinning riffler gives us the greatest improvement in homogeneity and sample integrity. Years of perfecting our technique and increasing our capacity have coincided with our ability to deliver to you that ideal, homogenous sample for which you’ll get paid.
No matter how big or small, every job that comes through our facility is treated with the same attention to detail. After all, you want to get as much as you possibly can for your precious metal particles… and we want you to as well.
Advanced Chemical is a family-owned and operated full-service precious metals refinery, headquartered in Warwick, Rhode Island. We are ISO-9001:2008, ISO-14001:2004, R2:2008 Certified and ITAR Registered. Contact us today for more information about how you can benefit from our years of experience and our open door policy. We look forward to earning your business.