Custom Manufacturing

Other Instruments and Tools

Icefield Instruments Inc. offers a wide range of products. Items can be made to customer's specifications at reasonable cost. We can design and build a variety of electronic and mechanical instruments to meet your requirements. Please contact us for a free no-obligation consultation and/or estimate.


Examples of instruments we have designed and built in the past:

  • AUTOCORE field-portable automatic core analysis system that measures continuous ECM, particulate, nitrate/nitrite, pH, and liquid conductivity
  • Ice coring lathe for removing surface contamination as a first stage in a trace-metal sampling protocol
  • Borehole water sampler (modified Niskin sampler)
  • Borehole hammer system for inserting instruments into a soft glacier bed
  • Strain/tilt meters for measuring in-situ deformation within glacial basal material
  • "Slide-O-meters" for measuring glacier basal sliding rates
  • Venturi-type basal sediment sampler for use in glacier boreholes

Examples of custom equipment that we have manufactured include:

  • Prototype Martian ice coring drill for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Venturi samplers for glacier bed sediment
  • Modified Niskin samplers for borehole water sampling at precise depths
  • Ultra-clean ice coring drill for trace metal sampling
  • Hammer systems for inserting instruments into a glacier bed
  • Ice core lathe for clean, uniform surface preparation of ice cores
  • Various custom modifications to ice coring drill to enable drilling in fluid and drilling directly into a solid ice surface (no snow/firn layer)

We have the following facilities:

  • Solidworks CAD software
  • Circuit board design software (schematic capture, layout, routing)
  • In-house machine shop and electronics shop
  • Local CNC-equipped contract machine shop with 4th-axis capability for manufacturing cutter heads and other complex forms
  • Chemical laboratory

Our Clients

  • Johnson Space Center (JSC)
  • Norsk Polarinstitutt (Norway)
  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Space Science and Engineering Center, U. Wisconsin
  • More Clients

Our Warranty

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