Product Details Supplier Info More products

TAS Engineering Consultants has created an automated fluid storage and distribution system to help the Natural History Museum in London to preserve specimens dating back hundreds of years.

The solution is intended to safely extend the lifespan of more than 22 million ‘wet’ specimens, including specimens collected by Charles Darwin and Captain James Cook.

Stored in formalin and industrial methylated spirit, the specimens are held in a facility that previously had to be topped up manually.

This would involve carrying large containers of fluid through a number of areas within the museum.

TAS’s automated fluid storage and distribution system enables the topping up of the specimen jars in the museum’s laboratories on each floor of the building.

The solution includes a fully automated control system, which has a touch-screen interface and a web-access facility to allow staff to view the system’s status from any location in the museum.

Working with museum staff, TAS also developed a number of safety protocols, which, alongside other automated monitoring precautions, ensure that any losses and leaks are quickly identified and managed.

Located in the museum’s Darwin Centre, the system meets all the current safety standards and legislation.

In addition, it also works around the physical constraints imposed by the site’s location and historical significance.

TAS Engineering Consultants

View full profile