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The Micropicker is the first picking tool for the selection and collection of particles such as mineral grains with a size of 30µm-1000µm.

It is specifically designed for use in scientific research.  This unique tool shortens picking times and improves selectivity of picking.

The Micropicker has a retractable needle for the isolation of the grain to be picked. After retracting the needle the nozzle can be positioned near the grain which is sucked up and collected in the vial.

The Micropicker can be tuned to pick grains of different size, form or weight. It comes with two flow meters in different ranges and with the control valves the optimal air flow can be set. An extensive range of nozzles is included to fit your specific grain sample. 

The Micropicker set is well equipped and contains everything that is needed to start picking. Different trays and a funnel help you prepare the sample, all nozzle sizes are added to fit your specific grain sample and vials and filters are added to collect your sample. 

Picking with the Micropicker set requires no other infrastructure than an electrical appliance and can be used in any lab or office environment. The set is fully portable and can be deployed in any lab or research site.

The Micropicker has been developed in close collaboration with scientists of the Geology and Geochemistry department and lab technicians of the mineral separation lab of the VU Amsterdam. The design of the Micropicker is optimized to significantly reduce picking times and improve the selectivity of picking. The design of the picker and accessories is based on decades of experience in the mineral handling field and is the standard in this field. 


  • The Micropicker set is ready to start.
  • The Micropicker shortens picking times and improves selectivity of picking.  
  • The set is equipped with all the accessories to efficiently pick your sample.  
  • Picking range is 30µm - 1000µm.  
  • Handy carry in set, fully portable and deployable on site.  
  • Table top set which needs only electrical appliances.

Standard System Components

  • Micropicker with container and retractable needle
  • 2 hoses 
  • Power adaptor 
  • Vacuum pump 
  • Two flow meters with control valves in the ranges 1-5 Ltr/Min and 0.1- 1.0 Ltr/Min 
  • 12 x 5 nozzles in the range 0,1mm – 1,54mm. 
  • Picker holder 
  • Strew container 
  • Picking tray 
  • Funnel 
  • 10  Filters 10µm 
  • 50 Vials 2 ml 
  • Robust case

For product information, prices and quotations please contact: 

Joost C. Rosier MSc| VU Amsterdam 
De Boelelaan 1085 | 1081 HV Amsterdam | The Netherlands 
Tel. 0031 (0) 20 598 87439 | Email |

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