Sampling Device

This sampling device allows a sample to be taken from a beef carcass travelling on a conveyor within the processing plant. The sample has to be taken and identified within eight seconds.

Ergonomics research was carried out using prototypes to not only find the best sampling tip design, but also looking at how the handle and cap were picked up and used at high speed. The sampler has to work in two distinct environments, the processing plant and the lab, where it needs to be handled by lab automation equipment.