Raspadskaya Coal Company Buys High Precision Appliances to Test Shaft, Waste Water

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, April 19, 2019. EVRAZ Holding’s Raspadskaya Coal Company’s sanitary/environmental lab now uses the atomic absorption spectrometer KVANT.Z to test water samples.

According to the company’s press service, the new appliance makes it possible to determine the amount of unwanted particles in natural, shaft, and waste water with high precision; KVANT.Z also controls the maximum permissible discharge. The unit cost RUB 3.5 million to buy.

The lab got audited successfully by RusAccreditation and proved its expertise and quality management system’s validity in February. Now the new spectrometer allows for a wider range of research, as lab experts can now identify up to twenty periodical elements (including lead, chromium, manganese, aluminum, zinc, and nickel) in their water samples.

The entire process from taking a sample to producing test results is fully automated. An engineer selects the program settings and enters the results into the electronic log. The testing process gets tracked on a computer display (where all the data appear online). A single measurement only takes thirty seconds. Remarkably, when the measurements got taken manually they used to take fifteen to thirty minutes to make.

The lab engineers learned how to use the new appliance, switched to new research methods, and completed all the inter-lab tests in under a month. The methods are now officially a part of Raspadskaya Coal Company’s sanitary/environmental lab’s audit/recertification program.


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