The present state of a long term program is reviewed. It was started to elaborate a remote controlled automated radiochemical
processing system for the neutron activation analysis of biological materials. The system is based on wet ashing of the sample,
followed by reactive desorption of some volatile components. The distillation residue is passed through a series of columns
filled with selective ion screening materials to remove the matrix activity. The solution is thus “stripped” from the interfering
radioions, and it is processed to single-elements through group separations using ion-exchange chromatographic techniques.
Some special problems concerning this system are treated. (a) General aspects of the construction of a (semi)automated radiochemical
processing system are discussed; (b) Comparison is made between various technical realizations of the same basic concept;
(c) Some problems concerning the “reconstruction” of an already published processing system are outlined.