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Automating Sample Digestion – AMiRA project P1196A

ColdBlock Technologies is proud to announce the continuation of AMiRA project P1196 under a new project titled P1196A. In this project ColdBlock Technologies ( is partnering with Nucomat ( to incorporate improved automation of ColdBlock digestion. Working together with our automation partner Nucomat, the objective of project P1196A is to quantify incremental improvements in sample throughput, operating costs, and

COLDBLOCK TECHNOLOGIES Raises $1.5 Million To Develop Generation 3 System With Automation & Expand International Distribution

Canadian startup, ColdBlock Technologies Inc. (ColdBlock), inventor of the innovative sample digestion technology that delivers a new performance standard for laboratories serving the environmental, metals and alloys, mining, food and agriculture, and pharmaceuticals industries, today announced it has completed a $1.5 million Series A round of financing. ColdBlock’s financing results from investments by the Province

ColdBlock Global Distribution

COLDBLOCK TECHNOLOGIES INKS GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION AND SALES PARTNERSHIPS Four Partners Also Expand Industry ReachBeyond Mining to Metals and Alloys, Food and Agriculture, and PharmaceuticalsLaboratories Toronto (June 6, 2018)–ColdBlock Technologies Inc. (ColdBlock), today announced four new strategic sales partnerships to meet market demand for its innovative laboratory digestion technology in North America, Europe, Asia/South-East Asia, India,


ColdBlock Digesters: Innovative Sample Preparation Technology

Digesters are instruments used to aid a chemist in sample preparation. They work by assisting in the decomposition of a solid sample into a liquid state to prepare them for various methods of analysis. Traditional digesters use varying forms of conductive/convective heat and strong acids, alkalis, or enzymes to achieve this. The combination of sample

Wet Chemistry Laboratory Digesters

Most analytical laboratories analyse a wide range of samples. The samples are received and go through a chain of custody where each step prepares them for analysis. One of the main ways to prepare a sample for analysis is that of wet chemistry. During this step, a sample is dissolved in a liquid which allows

Microwave Digestion Systems Vs. SWIR Digesters

Sample digestion is the process of decomposing solid samples into a more workable form, in this case a liquid state. It is a crucial intermediary step for elemental analysis of a wide range of sample types, including ash, cosmetics, minerals, pharmaceutical goods, and more. Typical sample digestion workflows involve dissolving samples in reagents such as

Types of Sample Digestion: A Brief Guide to FSWIR-Assisted Digesters

Understanding the elemental composition of sample materials requires converting them into a format compatible with a specific mode of analysis. Optical emission spectrometry (OES) and mass spectrometry (MS) systems can offer insights into the elements present in a variety of sample types. However, before this happens, they must be decomposed into a homogenous solution and

Soil Digestion: How Different Digesters Impact Trace Analysis

Carrying out soil analysis is a multi-step method, commencing with sample acquisition and ending with chemical analysis. These analytical workflows are designed to measure the mineral and nutrient levels in soils, to improve harvest yields, and to determine if fertilizer additions are necessary to restore mineral and nutrient imbalances. Quantifying levels of trace elements found

Metal Analysis: Which Digestion Method is Best?

Metals are extremely abundant, comprising almost three quarters of all naturally-occurring compounds on earth. Metals that are extracted from the earth tend to also be combined with one another to form alloys. These alloys, like carbon and stainless steels, are widely used as construction materials so accurate assessment of their composition is vital. On the

What is Soil Digestion?

Quantifying  trace elements present in sediments, soils, and brownfields is critical for a wide range of research areas. Carrying out an analysis of trace concentrations is a multi-step process that begins with sample acquisition and ends with analysis of its chemistry. While systems and instruments used in different workflows vary, a critical intermediary step for

Understanding Metal Digestion

Metals are compounds that are relatively abundant in our environment. There are different types of metals that have been grouped together as our understanding of them has evolved over time. One such group are the heavy metals like lead and cadmium, which are considered toxic. An excess of heavy metals in the body typically arises

Using Digesters for Environmental Analysis

There are various logistical barriers to environmental analysis. Let us use sediments and soils as an example. Soil contamination is a complex issue with far-reaching implications for human and environmental health. It concerns the pollution of land by both organic and inorganic contaminants, which can be detected and quantified using various chemical techniques coupled with

What is ColdBlock Digestion?

ColdBlock™digestion is a revolutionary sample preparation technology that sets a new performance benchmark for digestion procedures. It is unique among acid digestion methods in that it employs both heating and cooling to deliver accurate and precise results without relying on potentially hazardous reagents. There are numerous benefits to this novel type of sample digestion technology,

How do Digesters Work?

Digestion is the process of breaking down substances into their basic constituents, typically by using reagents such as strong acids, alkalis, or enzymes. It causes the complex matrices of compounds to gradually decompose and separate into distinct elements of interest which can be further refined to be used as intermediate goods or purified for study.

What is Sample Digestion?

Understanding the elemental composition of sample materials can be difficult, if not impossible, without first converting them into a format that is compatible with specific modes of analysis. Optical Emissions Spectrometer and Mass Spectrometer systems, for example, can provide valuable insights into what elements are present in a myriad of different sample types; provided they

COLDBLOCK’S TECHNOLOGIES – Fast, safe and efficient sample digestion method

Headquartered in St. Catharines, Ontario, ColdBlock Technologies Inc. was founded in 2014 to develop their sample digestion technology initially for the mining industry. ColdBlock™ Digestion is an alternative to conventional technologies used by laboratories to determine precious and base metal concentrations in samples from their mining operations. ColdBlock™ Digestion is the only digestion technology that

ColdBlock unveils new digestion technology for mining industry

Canada -based ColdBlock Technologies has launched a new ColdBlock Laboratory Sample Digestion Technology for the mining industry, which uses focused short-wave infrared radiation to energise sample particles primarily. The technology, which is claimed to offer a new alternative to mining operations to achieve productivity gains, dissolves solid matter into a solution for instrumental multi-element analysis. ColdBlock’s