CBMM's laboratory is qualified to assay all the Company's intermediate and final products, as well as samples for 25 distinct environmental analyses. The laboratory also participates in the research and development of new products and processes.
CBMM continuously invests in state-of-the-art equipment, which keeps the Company on the cutting edge of the latest advances in analytics. The laboratory is equipped with high-tech tools to perform a range of analyses, including X-ray spectrometry (Philips PW 2404, Axios), ICP-MS (Perkin-Elmer NexION 300S), ICP-OES (Perkin-Elmer Optima 4300, 5300, 7300); graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (Perkin-Elmer Analyst 600 and AAS Vario 6 Analytik Jena); oxygen and nitrogen assays (LECO TC 436 DR, TCH 600); hydrogen assay (LECO RH 404) and carbon and sulfur assays (LECO CS 600 and CS 444 LS). Physical tests such as measuring particle size and surface area are also performed using specialized equipment (CILAS 1064LD for particle size; Quantachrome CHEMBET 3000 TPR/TPD and NOVA 1200 for surface area).
In its quest to ensure excellence in processing, manufacturing and marketing niobium products, CBMM recognizes that the quality of its assays is essential to reach the elevated levels of accuracy and reliability required for the Company's success. To that end, CBMM has established the Laboratory Quality Policy based on the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard, which it earned in July 2011. The certification covers all environmental collection and assaying involving raw and residual water, air quality, atmospheric emissions and niobium assays in standard ferroniobium.
One of the laboratory's principal objectives is to ensure the accuracy of the levels of niobium in CBMM's products. Read the laboratory's niobium assay procedures to learn more.
The laboratory is staffed by over 40 highly trained, qualified professionals who strive to ensure complete customer satisfaction.