Agriculture and Food Base Metal Assays
Base metals such as copper, zinc, nickel and lead are assayed to provide accurate determinations for high value materials.
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At SGS we can provide analysis of base metals including:
- Ore-grade samples
- Smelted products
- Recycled material
- Electronic scrap
- Other metal-bearing materials
Through our global network of laboratories, SGS experts offer a variety of instrumental and classical techniques to ensure accurate base metal assays. We will help you select a method that is best for your sample type to ensure you get the data you need.
We also offer ore-grade analysis for samples containing percent levels of elements. We can offer different techniques depending on the concentrations of base metals in the sample.
|Concentration||Method/instrument||Type of sample||In support of…|
|ppm - low %||ICP-AES||rocks & ores||environmental, geochemical analysis|
|low %||XRF||ores & metal products||metallurgical support|
|high %||classical methods||concentrates, metals||commercial analysis (settlement, trade, umpire)|
The following table is a selection of analytical methods and instruments SGS offers for copper, lead, zinc and nickel assays from 1% to 100%.
|Base Metal||Multi-Acid (4Acid)||Sodium Peroxide Fusion||Individual Methods|
|Copper||AAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43B||ICP90A, ICP90B||CON13V|
|Lead||AAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43B||ICP90A||CON07V|
|Nickel||AAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43B||ICP90A, ICP90B||CON11V|
|Zinc||AAS42S, ICP42S, AAS43B||ICP90A||CON12V|
Partner with SGS and have confidence that your important decisions are based on unparalleled geochemical sampling and analysis.