Mobile Container Laboratory Definition and Solution

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What is a mobile container laboratory?

The mobile containerized laboratory is a laboratory that is housed inside a modified shipping container or a mobile unit. This type of laboratory is designed to be easily transported to remote or hard-to-reach locations and can be quickly deployed to provide laboratory services and testing capabilities in a compact, self-contained environment. It is often used during disaster relief efforts, public health emergencies, or for scientific research and field testing. DECENT container laboratory is known for its durability, stability, and safety, as well as its cost-effectiveness, ease of assembly/disassembly and turnkey solution to meet the unique requirements of the mining industry.

What is container mineral laboratories?

Container Mineral Laboratories is a type of laboratory that specializes in testing minerals or minerals-based products, typically in a shipping container format. The laboratory is designed to provide on-site mineral analysis services to mining companies or other clients in remote locations, without the need for large permanent laboratory facilities. The container laboratory is equipped with all the necessary equipment and instruments for mineral analysis and is usually transported by truck, ship, or plane to the site where it will be used.

Container mineral laboratories can be specially designed for the mining industry and for pilot plant operations. In the mining industry, these portable labs allow for on-site analysis of mineral samples, providing quick results that can help guide decision-making during the exploration and development phases of a mining project. For pilot plants, container mineral laboratories can be used to support testing and process optimization activities, allowing for flexible and efficient sample analysis in different locations. The use of container labs provides a cost-effective solution for mineral testing and analysis, offering mobility, quick setup, and reduced operational costs compared to traditional brick-and-mortar laboratories.

What are the benefits of using containerized mineral labs?

The main advantages of container mineral laboratories include:

Mobility: Container labs can be transported to remote locations, making it possible to perform on-site analysis of mineral samples. This is particularly useful in the mining industry where samples may be collected from remote locations.

Quick setup: Container labs are prefabricated units that can be easily and quickly set up in a variety of locations, reducing downtime and allowing for a faster start to the analysis process.

Cost-effectiveness: Container labs are a cost-effective solution for mineral testing and analysis, with lower operational costs compared to traditional brick-and-mortar laboratories.

Flexibility: Container labs can be customized to meet specific needs, and can be easily reconfigured or relocated as needed.

Improved safety: Container labs are designed with safety in mind, with features such as ventilation systems and fire suppression systems that minimize potential risks.

Enhanced quality control: Container labs provide a controlled environment for mineral analysis, with consistent temperature, humidity, and lighting conditions that help ensure accurate and reliable results.

Environmentally friendly: The use of containers for laboratory space reduces the need for new construction, which can have a positive impact on the local environment.

Durability: Container labs are made from shipping containers, which are built to withstand extreme weather conditions and rough handling during transportation.

Overall, container mineral laboratories offer a convenient and cost-effective solution for mineral analysis in remote or challenging locations.

What is the disadvantages of container mineral laboratories?

A few potential drawbacks of container mineral labs include:

Space constraints: Container labs have limited interior space, which may restrict the amount and size of instruments that can be installed, limiting the range of analyses that can be performed.

Power and infrastructure needs: Container labs require electrical power and may necessitate the addition of other infrastructure, such as air and water systems.
Maintenance and repairs: Regular maintenance and repairs may be necessary, especially if the labs are situated in remote or challenging locations.

Weather sensitivity: Container labs are vulnerable to weather conditions such as extreme heat or cold, which could impact the performance of equipment and the accuracy of results.

Capacity limitations: Container labs may have limited sample storage and processing abilities, which could limit their capacity for high-volume analysis.

These disadvantages, however, can be addressed with careful planning and design of the container lab and by ensuring adequate maintenance and support.

What are the 3R principles of Qingdao Decent Group Container Laboratory?

Qingdao Decent Group 3R principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) can be applied to containerized labs as follows:

Reduce: Minimize the amount of waste generated by optimizing resource utilization, using lightweight containers, and deploying only the necessary tools and components.

Reuse: Reuse containers and resources as much as possible to maximize efficiency and reduce waste. This can be achieved through the use of container orchestration tools, such as Kubernetes, that allow containers to be easily moved between different environments.

Recycle: Properly dispose of containers and other waste materials in an environmentally responsible manner, such as through recycling programs or the use of zero waste facilities. This helps to reduce the environmental impact of the containerized lab and promotes sustainability.

How does DECENT container laboratory turnkey solution work?

The process of implementing a container laboratory turnkey solution typically involves the following steps:

Site Assessment: An evaluation of the site is done, taking into account factors such as the available infrastructure, power and water supply, and other essential requirements.

Design and Planning: Collaboration with the client to plan and design the laboratory, including determining the layout, selecting equipment, and determining necessary services.

Permit Acquisition: Obtain all necessary permits and approvals, including building permits, safety and health clearances, and any other required licenses.

Equipment Procurement: Obtain all necessary equipment, materials, and services required for the laboratory, including containers, laboratory equipment, utilities, and personnel.

Construction: Assemble and install the laboratory, ensuring all equipment, utilities, and services are in place.

Testing and Commissioning: Thoroughly test the laboratory to make sure it meets performance standards and is fully operational.

Training: Provide training for personnel to ensure they have the skills to use and maintain the laboratory effectively.

Ongoing Support: Provide ongoing maintenance, upgrades, and support to maintain the laboratory's efficiency and operation in the long run.

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What to consider about designing a containerized mineral lab?

Qingdao Decent Group's professional engineers must consider the following factors when designing a containerized mineral laboratory:

Size and layout: Determine the size of the container and the layout of the interior to ensure that the necessary equipment and supplies can be accommodated.

Equipment and supplies: Consider the types of equipment and supplies that will be required for mineral analysis, including a work area, storage, and waste management facilities.

Power and utilities: Determine the power requirements and any necessary utilities, such as air conditioning, plumbing, and waste disposal.

Mobility: Consider the mobility of the container lab, ensuring that it can be transported easily and securely to different locations as needed.

Environmental conditions: Take into account the environmental conditions that the lab will be exposed to, such as extreme temperatures, humidity, and vibration, to ensure that the equipment and supplies remain protected.

Health and safety: Ensure that the lab meets all necessary health and safety standards, including those related to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

Security: Ensure that the lab is secure and protected against theft, vandalism, and unauthorized access.

Cost: Evaluate the cost of the container lab and its components, including equipment, supplies, and ongoing maintenance and support.

What are the precautions for the container fire assay laboratory?

When working with a containerized fire assay laboratory, it is important to take the following precautions to ensure safe and effective operations:

Proper training: All personnel should receive proper training on the use and handling of the equipment, as well as the proper procedures for conducting fire assays.

Fire safety equipment: The laboratory should be equipped with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and fire alarms to help prevent and respond to fires.

Ventilation: Adequate ventilation should be provided to ensure that toxic fumes from the fire assay process are properly expelled from the laboratory.

Electrical safety: All electrical equipment should be properly maintained and grounded to minimize the risk of electrical shock or fire.

Chemical safety: All chemicals used in the fire assay process should be properly stored and labeled, and personnel should be trained on the safe handling and disposal of these chemicals.

Emergency response plan: The laboratory should have a well-defined emergency response plan in place to ensure quick and effective action in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Regular inspections and maintenance: Regular inspections and maintenance of equipment, fire suppression systems, and other safety systems should be performed to ensure that the laboratory is always in a state of readiness.

What should be paid attention to in container laboratory security?

Containerized laboratories, also known as modular or mobile laboratories, are portable and self-contained units that provide a safe and controlled environment for research and experimentation. Qingdao Decent Group to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment in these laboratories, some key safety rules to consider include:

Proper ventilation: Containerized laboratories must have a proper ventilation system to control air flow, maintain air quality, and minimize the risk of exposure to hazardous substances.

Fire safety: All containerized laboratories should have fire suppression systems, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers in place. Personnel should also be trained in proper fire evacuation procedures.

Electrical safety: All electrical systems should be properly grounded and have a reliable power source to prevent electrical hazards. Personnel should also be trained in electrical safety procedures.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Personnel working in containerized laboratories should always wear appropriate PPE, such as gloves, safety shoes, goggles, lab coats, and face masks, to protect against hazardous substances.

Hazardous materials management: All hazardous materials should be properly labeled, stored, and disposed of according to relevant regulations. Personnel should be trained in the handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

Emergency response plan: A comprehensive emergency response plan should be in place for containerized laboratories, including procedures for handling chemical spills, fires, and other emergencies.

Training: Personnel should receive regular training on laboratory safety procedures and the proper use of equipment and chemicals.

Regular maintenance: Containerized laboratories should be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that all equipment is in good working order and that the laboratory is in compliance with relevant safety regulations.

It's important to keep in mind that these are just general guidelines, and specific safety requirements may vary depending on the type of research being conducted and the regulations in your jurisdiction.

What are Qingdao Decent Group safety rules?

• Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots when necessary.
• Follow all posted warning signs and obey all traffic control devices.
• Never work alone or engage in horseplay.
• Report all accidents and near misses immediately to your supervisor.
Never operate equipment or machinery that you have not been trained and authorized to use.
Never tamper with or disable safety devices.
Keep walkways and work areas clear of debris and obstacles.
Use proper lifting techniques to prevent back injuries.
Never work under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Follow all established procedures and protocols to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.
Familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation procedures and know the location of emergency exits and firefighting equipment.
Do not engage in any behavior that could compromise the safety of yourself or others, such as texting while walking or operating equipment.

These rules should be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure they remain effective in promoting a safe and healthy work environment.

Is the container laboratory safe under thunderstorms?

Lightning occurs approximately 40 times per second on the earth. In the face of lightning of 3 million volts, is the metal box of the container laboratory safe? Regarding a closed metal space encountering a thunderstorm, according to Mike Faraday's theory: a metal box-shaped building is the safest place. When the electric charge is directed to a closed metal container, it will flow evenly around the periphery without passing through the container. It's the same in the plane.

Compared with traditional buildings, what are the advantages of container laboratories?

1. Containerized laboratory modular building, low cost, less than 30% than traditional buildings

2. The factory prefabrication reaches more than 80%, which reduces construction and decoration waste by about 99% compared with traditional construction methods

3. Modular splicing construction, fast, short construction period, saving more than 40% of construction time than traditional buildings

4. There is no requirement on the foundation, just flatten and harden

5. Standard shipping container, sturdy and durable, two times higher than the safety factor of conventional buildings, weather-resistant steel, special anti-rust paint surface, resistance to strong winds of 10, and earthquakes of 8

6. Can be moved, relocated and recycled according to business requirements

7. Compared with the brick-concrete structure building, the usable area has increased by 4%

8. Compared with brick-concrete structure houses, water consumption is only 1/30

How to heat and sound insulation the mobile containerized laboratory?

Depending on the environmental climate of the project site, the selection of thermal insulation materials will also be different.

For the requirements of heat and sound insulation, the interior of the container is sprayed with polyurethane foam and 50-100mm glass rock wool board is installed to prevent moisture and corrosion, heat and sound insulation. Air-conditioning should be installed indoors in hot areas. In cold areas, it is necessary to install floor heating, etc., and the outer layer is covered with decorative materials, such as Ou Song board, gypsum board, cement fiber board, polymer assembly board, etc.

What is the difference between weathering steel used in shipping containers and ordinary steel?

The mobile containerized laboratory of Qingdao Decent Group is transformed from shipping containers. The biggest advantage of shipping containers is the use of weathering steel. Weathering steel (also known as atmospheric corrosion resistant steel) refers to a low-alloy high-strength steel that has good corrosion resistance in the atmosphere by adding a small amount of alloying elements. The atmospheric corrosion resistance of weathering steel is 2-8 times that of ordinary carbon steel, and the longer the service time, the more prominent the corrosion resistance. In addition to good weather resistance, weathering steel also has excellent mechanics and welding properties, and is widely used in railway vehicles, bridges and containers. Weathering steel is not stainless steel, it will rust like ordinary carbon steel in the early stage, but the situation is different in the later stage. After the weathering steel is corroded for a period of time, due to the enrichment of trace elements such as Cu and P on the steel surface, a dense amorphous rust layer structure is formed, which is very firmly combined with the matrix. This stabilized rust layer can resist the intrusion of moisture and harmful ions in the atmosphere to a certain extent, and prevent further corrosion of the base metal.

What is the biggest shipping container size?

For common shipping containers, the biggest shipping container is 45 feet. The smallest shipping container is 20 feet. Of course, except for special customization. The following are the dimensions of various containers:

20-foot container: 20GP

The external dimension is 6.058m×2.438m×2.591m (20’×8’×8’6”)

The inner volume is 5.898m×2.352m×2.358m (19’4 13/16”x7’8 19/32”x7’9 57/64”)

40-foot container: 40GP

The external dimensions are 12.192m×2.438m×2.591m (40’×8’×8’6”)

The inner volume is 12.032m×2.352m×2.385m (39’5 45/64”x7’8 19/32”x7’9 57/64”)

40-foot elevated container: 40HC

The external dimensions are 12.192m×2.438m×2.896m (40’×8’×9’6”)

The inner volume is 12.032m×2.352m×2.69m (39’5 45/64”x7’8 19/32”x8’9 15/16”)

45 feet elevated container: 45HC

The external dimensions are 13.716mX2.438mX2.896m (45’×8’×9’6”)

The inner volume is 13.556m×2.352m×2.698m (44’5 7/10”x7’8 19/32”x8’10 17/64”)

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