Rocklabs was established in 1969, as a
commercial laboratory specialising in
geochemical analysis and fire assaying.
Since 1975 Rocklabs has been a global
innovator in the sample preparation
equipment field. We combine New Zealand
ingenuity and technical excellence to
successfully compete on the world stage.
Rocklabs became a part of Scott in 2008,
and has leveraged their engineering
expertise, to extend our core range of
products and automated systems.
Rocklabs products now play a central part
in the success of leading organisations in
the fields of metals and minerals research,
mining and exploration around the
world. This is a testament to our ability
to understand our global markets and
consistently meet customer demands and
Our early achievements in the mining and
exploration industries created a platform
for development of equipment designed
specifically for commercial and mine site
laboratory environments. Whilst still being
world leaders in supplying clients in these
sectors, we have continued to enhance
our core products and adapt them for
virtually any endeavor requiring worldleading sample preparation equipment.
Rocklabs Sample Preparation equipment
is used by mining, exploration and
scientific research organisations in over
100 countries worldwide. This includes
commercial and academic laboratories,
research centers, universities, glass
manufacturers and cement plants.
Products extend from bench-top ring
mills and sample dividers suitable for
small research institutes or university
laboratory environments; through to large
stand-alone and combination crushers,
pulverizers and rotating sample dividers
for commercial or industrial laboratory,
mining and exploration clients.
Rocklabs works in partnership with our
customers to find a solution. We take
pride in our problem solving ability and
use constant two-way communication
to establish and address our customers
specific needs. Our partnership approach
is central to our success. We often work
on-site with our customers installing
systems and training their people.
We work very efficiently, minimising
disruption to customers operations whilst
installing, testing and fine-tuning the
Rocklabs equipment is used for crushing,
splitting and pulverizing a variety of
materials including rocks, soil, coal,
cement, glass, limestone, bricks, wood,
plant material, slags and concrete for X-ray
fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction
(XRD), wet chemistry and other
instrumental methods.
Through our understanding of the mining
and commercial laboratory industries,
Rocklabs identified the need to integrate
off-the-shelf equipment into custombuilt systems, enabling streamlined
product processing, cost reductions and
the elimination of handling errors. Our
custom systems are designed, built and
“real-world” factory tested to ensure they
exactly meet customer specifications, as
well as addressing possible future
integration needs.
Rocklabs produces site-specific designed
and built automated systems for customers,
which enable multiple samples or batches
to be loaded at the same time. Such
automation ensures minimal operator
intervention in sample processing, which
reduces handling errors and travel times
between processing stages. Our factory
acceptance testing process, ensures our
automated systems work within the
customers’ own environment and can be
operated and maintained by their existing
Rocklabs produce mechanised systems
which include combinations of built-in
machines, suitable for customers who have
access to a skilled workforce, requiring
minimal supervision. Operation is simple
but only a single sample can be processed
at a time. Mechanised systems are built
in a tower layout, the sample travelling
downwards from one machine to another.
There is no automation so any setting
changes need to be done manually. Such
systems are designed to reduce operator
handling and lifting to a minimum.
This all ensures reduced long-term running
costs and labour overheads, better process
quality control and fewer Critical Control
Points for which to monitor and
mitigate risks. Robots can also
be incorporated into the
automated system if required,
to further increase efficiency
in handling samples at pinpointed locations.
Since 1997 Rocklabs have been producing
internationally Certified Reference
Materials primarily for the gold mining
Our team of expert Geochemists,
Engineers, Designers, Chemists, Geologists
and specialists in automation and robotics
are integral to the Rocklabs success story.
Their extensive knowledge and highly
practical experience equip us with a
unique understanding of the requirements
and protocols of sample preparation
processes, within the global minerals and
metals industries.
In recent years Rocklabs have extended
our range to include Silver, Platinum and
Palladium. Our broad range of Reference
Materials, are used to monitor the
analytical procedure used to determine
the content of a rock or ore sample.
Rocklabs maintain strict control over the
Reference Materials to obtain:
·· Accuracy of assigned value
·· Homogeneity of final packaged
·· Long-term stability
Rocklabs provides a free template for
plotting Reference Material results. The
plotted information can review the size
of bias that is being produced by the
laboratory, the base line precision of the
laboratory method and the percentage
of out-of-control results. This information
can be used to take action that will
lead to more accurate analysis of future
geological samples.
161 Neilson Street
PO Box 18-142
Onehunga, Auckland 1743
New Zealand
t +64 9 634 7696
f +64 9 634 6896
e [email protected]
Rocklabs works at the heart of these
industries and applies this knowledge and
understanding to our extensive research
and development programmes. We
combine this industry knowledge with
direct feedback from our customers, to
actively develop new products that ensure
we consistently anticipate and meet the
needs of our global customer-base.