Capacity increase for Exova environmental testing

Posted: Wednesday 16th January 2013

An environmental laboratory has doubled capacity for specialist volatile organic compounds (VOC) testing.

Exova, the world’s largest independent testing group, has invested in a new GC MS Headspace instrument to carry out important tests at its laboratory in Runcorn, Cheshire, determining organic compounds, VOCs, present in soil and water.

Exova Runcorn has worked within the environmental chemical testing sector for a number of years, for customers including consulting engineers, local authorities and site investigation contractors.

The laboratory offers a number of services including soils analysis, waste classification, water, effluent and waste water analysis, and it holds a number of industry accreditations including UKAS ISO17025 and MCERTS as well as active participation in proficiency schemes such as CONTEST, Aquacheck and RTC.

The new instrument, manufactured by Agilent, vaporises a test sample in order to separate its various compounds, which are then measured. This testing is used for checking levels of contamination.

The investment means that the laboratory can now test more than 120 samples over a 24 hour cycle, doubling its capacity for such testing, and is also expected to reduce testing time for customers.

Andy Young, operations manager for Exova Runcorn, said: “This investment will be a major boost for Exova customers who will see benefits from speed of delivery, improved precision and increased accreditation.

“The purchase of this new instrument is part of Exova’s ongoing aim of delivering accurate and rapid turnaround testing utilising state-of-the-art Agilent instrumentation.”

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