AIM Research Enterprises LLC

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Sample size & representative sampling: The amount of sample required will vary depending upon the material type and the testing to be performed. Samples should be collected to be representative of the material being tested.  A composite sample representng multiple areas within a container or multiple production lots may be appropriate. To determine the sample size needed, contact and provide information about the type of material and the testing that will be required.

Sample identification and labeling: Samples must be clearly identified and the identification must match accompanying documents, including the sample submission form. Labels must be used that do not break down from the process of shipping and handling, with an adhesive that remains attached to the sample container under the same conditions. The information must be legible and the ink must be permanent, non-smudging and not water-soluble.

Containers for samples: Leak-proof containers must be used. Even sample types that have a dry appearance can lose or gain moisture or other volatile components. For most sample types and most analyses, the best type of container is usually a high-density polyethylene bottle with a screw-capped closure, such as Nalgene bottles series 2199. WhirlPak bags may be used for many non-liquid sample types if they are well-sealed and double-bagged. For certain tests, specific sampling containers are required. For example, light-sensitive analytes will require that samples be collected and shipped in amber containers. To determine what type of container is appropriate for your needs, contact and provide information about the type of material and the testing that will be required.

Shipping containers: Well-sealed containers must be placed inside a plastic bag and packaged in a rigid container. For samples that need to be kept chilled, a styrofoam cooler inside a corrugated box is usually adequate. There are regulations specified by the carrier regarding shipping containers and types of materials that may be shipped via their service. If the samples are frozen or perishable, dry ice may be needed. There are some sample types and some analyses that may require the use of blue ice instead of dry ice. If you are uncertain, contact Dry ice can make plastic brittle, so some insulation, such as layers of paper or cardboard, should be placed between dry ice and sample containers.

Hazard identification: Anything that may leak from a package causes great concern to carriers. Dry ice must be declared on the shipping form, and there is usually a limit established by the carrier for the amount of dry ice shipped. Do not ship hazardous materials without prior written consent and without appropriate packaging and labeling. All applicable laws governing transfer of hazardous materials must be followed, including FAA, DOT, EPA and OSHA requirements.

Shipping methods: Perishable samples or samples that may change, including the loss of volatiles, should be shipped overnight with prior notification. Afternoon delivery is sufficient for many sample types, depending also on the analyte, and this is less expensive. Shipping dates should be selected so that samples are not left in transit over a weekend. If needed, Saturday delivery can usually be scheduled.




Shipping address:

AIM Research Enterprises
11291 Harmony Road
Carthage, MO 64836

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