This Chip Tray Sample Storage System was designed as a permanent storage and library reference system for oilfield drilling samples, in oil or gas exploration. This system overcomes several historical issues with oilfield drilling samples. The thin plastic and paper envelopes previously used were not transparent so this made it difficult to easily view samples. Also they often split, got lost, or frequently too bulky for efficient storage therefore making it difficult to access for past geological analysis.
The sample trays are manufactured in a durable plastic called GP Styrene, which has excellent clarity for microscopic examination, and the fluorescence in oilfield samples can be reliably seen under ultraviolet light. The trays are stackable, allow easy access, and will not deteriorate over long storage periods. The wooden sample storage boxes hold the sample trays securely, and are also stackable and durable.
The Storage System comes in two designs. The first design is a shallow Five Compartment Tray which the plywood storage box fits 102 of these or 510 samples (sample size per tray 20-25 grams). The second option is the large five compartment tray (54 sample trays or 270 samples in the same plywood storage box) which is bascially double the height of the shallow trays. This large tray holds approximately 50 grams per tray of washed and dried sample.