Support: Sample Packaging Info

 

Our recommendations for preparing and packaging your samples for shipping

  1. Sample size

    The samples you submit to be mounted on glass slides need to be smaller than the surface area of the slide. For the following slide formats, sample dimensions should be less than those indicated:

    Slide Format Sample Dimensions
    Standard geological slidesless than 26 x 46mm
    Standard biological slidesless than 26 x 75mm
    Large format - 50 x 50mmless than 50 x 50mm
    Extra large format - 50 x 75mmless than 50 x 75mm


    We reserve the right to trim submitted samples as required in order to mount them properly on the requested slide format.

  2. Marking your samples to indicate surface to be mounted or sample orientation

    Please indicate directly on your sample (or in the comments section of the Sample List) how you want it oriented on the slide and which surface you want mounted to the slide. You can mark this directly on your samples with pencil or a fine tipped marker. Alternately, provide detailed written instructions, especially if a specific orientation is required for subsequent sample analysis and/or characterization. The more information you provide us with, the better able we are to ensure your samples are mounted properly and to meet analytical requirements.

  3. Packaging each sample

    Place each sample in its own ziplock bag and clearly label each page with a sample number (these should correspond to those listed on the Sample List you submit).

  4. Shipping your samples to HD Analytical Solutions

    We recommend First Class Airmail or an express courier service such as Purolator, FedEx, UPS, DHL, or TNT

    Overseas shipments should label the package contents as "GEOLOGICAL SAMPLES FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE- WILL BE DESTROYED IN THE ANALYSIS."

    Each submitted sample should be clearly marked with a unique sample code number of your choosing and these should correspond with the sample numbers listed on the Sample List accompanying your samples