The installation of a bulk sampling system involves a series of steps designed to ensure that the system is correctly positioned, assembled and adjusted to allow for effective and representative sampling. Here are some of the key steps:
- Site selection: As previously discussed, the choice of location is critical to ensure that the sampling system has access to a representative cross-section of the material stream. The site should also be safe and easily accessible to operators.
- Assembly: After the location has been selected, the sampling system must be assembled correctly. Depending on the system and location, this may include installing support structures, attaching the system to these structures, and aligning the system to ensure optimal material flow.
- Connection to existing systems: In many cases, the sampling system must be connected to existing systems, such as material handling systems, pneumatic or hydraulic systems, electrical systems or control systems. This must be done carefully to ensure that all connections are correct and secure, and that the sampling system communicates correctly with the other systems.
- Adjustment and calibration: After installation, the sampling system must be adjusted and calibrated. This may include setting parameters such as sampling intervals, sample quantities, or operating conditions, and often also requires running test runs and adjusting settings based on the results of those tests.
- Training: Finally, it is important that the operators of the sampling system are properly trained to ensure that they understand how the system works and how to operate it safely and effectively.
The exact steps may vary depending on the type of sampling system, the material, and the specific requirements of the site, but these general steps provide an overview of the process of installing a bulk material sampling system.