What does it do?
The Sample Magazine (SM) is designed to automatically fill sample buckets with bulk materials after the sampling process has been completed. The SM also act as a storage device since it has multiple buckets installed inside. The SM prevents cross-contamination and moisture loss of the samples gathered.
How does it do it?
The SM consists of a turntable where the sample buckets are installed. The material enters through a top mounted inlet opening and then falls into a dedicated bucket. To avoid spillage the bucket is first lifted towards the opening. When the bucket has been filled, normally after a number of increments, the bucket is lowered again. Thereafter, the turntable automatically rotates, and an empty bucket is lifted and ready to be filled. The filled buckets can be manually removed through an access door. The access door is fitted with a safety switch that deactivates the turntable and allows safe removal of the buckets.
What are the technical details?
Details to follow..
1. The SM can come in a tight version where the buckets are lifted against a gasket to ensue that they are sealed at all times.
2. The SM can include a electronic identification system that tags the bucket to enable easy and correct handling. The technology is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
3. It is possible to program the SM to track different batches of material. Thus, buckets A, B and C will have material from batch A, B and C. The buckets will move back an forth to ensure that the right batches fall into the right bucket.
Nota Bene 1
Previously the SM and SM-L could be equipped with a pneumatic actuator. However, the new M&W standard is a electrical acuator.