Vale Laboratories are Among the World’s Best

3/13/2015

Vale Laboratories are Among the World’s Best

Vale employee analysing iron ore

The laboratories of Vale had a markedly high performance in the chemical analysis of iron ore samples in 2014. The rating is set by an Australian institution, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and brings together 85 laboratories from 15 countries. The analysis carried out by the participants is compared and evaluated by an interlaboratory program, which verifies the competence and performance of each laboratory. The inclusion in the competition and the results reflects the quality of our professionals and laboratories.

Since 1992, CSIRO has run this competion, which was motivated by an ISO study group aimed at identifying operational methods of each company's laboratory. The Inter-laboratory competition, known as AG1 (former SG9), is divided into six rounds that occur throughout the year. In each round, participants receive two unknown samples of iron ore from various parts of the world. The objective is to identify the content of elements such as iron, silicon, phosphorus, aluminum, manganese and an analysis of combustion loss (PPC) *. The winning laboratory has the highest accuracy and the most precise analysis. Vale's highest performing Lab is in Timbopeba, Mariana in Minas Gerais.

* Loss on ignition: mass percentage released when the material is subjected to a temperature of 1000° C.

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Vale Laboratories are Among the World’s Best