24 May 2022

Company launches fast-response online lab analytics

Many organisations have an analytical problem but no expertise in choosing the right analytical method. Now, a new laboratory analytics company is launching a concept, whereby analyses can be ordered online and results fast forwarded to the customer by e-mail.

Heidelberg Precious Metals Projects, founded in June 2021, is a specialist in precious metals and laboratory analysis. The laboratory and business premises are located in Leimen near Heidelberg. The professional range of analyses is available to private and business customers and can be ordered conveniently online. The ordering system is characterised by its uncomplicated handling, short response time and transparency. The prices for the analyses are only a mouse click away.

The homepage offers a sophisticated range of analyses for water, precious metals and soil samples, as well as carbon analyses. Modern methods such as ICP spectroscopy, photometry and ion chromatography are used. Furthermore, XRF analyses of rocks, refractory materials, ceramics, glass, ores and inorganic binders up to residual materials are offered. Individual analyses are also possible; the orders are configured on the homepage so that the required parameters can be freely selected.

Here, the company’s experienced staff can achieve a quick and reliable result through their years of expertise. In addition, the correct collection and preparation of the sample are crucial for a conclusive result. Appropriate instructions for taking samples are available for download.

The demand for technology metals is constantly growing in modern industry, while mining raw materials is declining and natural resources are diminishing. The collection, analysis and recycling of materials – which often hold unimagined amounts of valuable content such as precious metals, special metals and rare earths or lithium – are a cornerstone for conserving and preserving scarce resources and build a foundation for more sustainability and a better protected environment.

“Future technologies need an intelligent recycling concept,” says Managing Director Dr Matthias Grehl, explaining the sustainable company philosophy of Heidelberg Precious Metals Projects (HPMP). “At HPMP, we make an important contribution to this through the competent analysis and, in the future, with the reprocessing of materials.”

Gold ore – mined in South Africa – contains about 5g of gold per tonne, while PC circuit boards have concentrations of 150-250g per tonne and old mobile phones up to 350g of gold per tonne. Furthermore, the primary extraction of precious and special metals is linked to the extraction of base metals such as copper, nickel, lead, tin and zinc and can therefore not be increased at will.”

Often the product design is still unsuitable for optimal recycling; complex and incompatible combinations of elements and materials are particularly critical. “Here, the processes along the reprocessing chain must interlock optimally”, says Dr Grehl.

The consistent use of new technologies – matched in detail to the analysed ingredients – increases the yield of reusable materials with reduced environmental impact, lower land consumption and greatly minimised CO2-emissions. The recovered raw materials are returned to the material cycle. This is how the earth’s scarce resources can be preserved.