analytical service Articles

  • Why LIBS means lower cost of ownership

    Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometry (LIBS) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) handheld analysers are both compact, easy-to-use and fast. Materials can be identified at the pull of a trigger. It’s that simple. Often, cost is a key factor in the decision making process, especially when it comes to thinking about overheads long-term. When both products are comparably priced and have a similar ...

  • Data analytics and the materials cycle

    Data has the potential to revolutionise the materials industry, from extraction to processing to commercialisation. But it can only do so with the right mix of technology, skills and strategy. Dr Matt Jones explains. Using data is nothing new, but the rapid increase in data sources and quantity of data collected means getting the most out of it is ever more important. Properly used, data ...

  • Web-based analytical services improve remediation efficiency

    In this article, Steven Holmes, from analytical services provider ALcontrol, explains how web-based software is helping to ramp up the speed of environmental analysis for remediation contractors such as Sanctus Limited. Background The development of brownfield sites can be more complicated and take longer than other types of building land. However, it is an attractive option ...


    By ALcontrol Laboratories

  • DHL analytical - Case Study

    Quantum Leap in productivity According to John Dupont, General Manager of Operations, “DHL Analytical, Inc. has been on the leading edge of laboratory innovation for many years. Our vision was to move towards a paperless laboratory, with the realization that the current generation of electronic documents can be produced at almost all points in our process. The trick for us ...


    By Poplar Solutions, LLC

  • Solutions - Covering analytical methods and practices

    A smarter way to take a temperature A Northern California lab automates data- gathering and hands the tracking responsibility over to a computer François Rodigari and Kenneth E. Osborn One of many things that environmental laboratories must do is to track and document the temperatures of the laboratory's incubators and refrigerators. This means that the thermometers used to ...


    By Horizon Technology, Inc.

  • ‘Fully baked’ sustainability using decision analytic principles and ecosystem services

    When baking in the kitchen, the ratio of ingredients determines the outcome (bread, pie crust or cake) and its culinary success. Starting with the same ingredients, the ratio of flour, eggs and butter determines whether bread, pie dough or cake batter is made. How the ingredients are mixed affects the quality and acceptability of the finished product. Integr Environ Assess Manag © 2013 SETAC ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Decision analytic strategies for integrating ecosystem services and risk assessment

    Ecosystem services as a concept and guiding principle are enjoying wide popularity and endorsement from high‐level policy thinkers to industry as support for sustainability goals continue to grow. However, explicit incorporation of ecosystem services into decision‐making still lacks practical implementation at more local scales, and faces significant regulatory and technical constraints. Risk ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • EMSL Analytical awarded prestigious A2LA accreditation

    Environmental testing laboratory granted A2LA recognition for testing lead and phthalates on children’s products. EMSL Analytical, a leading provider of advanced environmental laboratory services, has recently announced that their Westmont, New Jersey laboratory has been accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for lead and phthalates testing on children’s ...


  • Process analytics in polyethylene (PE) plants – Case Study

    For the production of polyethylene a variety of processes is in use depending on what final products are intended to be produced. However, regardless of the process type, all plants require process analytical equipment to collect reliable and accurate information for process control, product quality, plant safety and environmental compliance. Siemens, a leader in process analytical ...

  • How data and analytics are keeping Philly’s water safe

    CH2M assisted Philadelphia to implement a Surveillance and Response System (SRS) demonstration project under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Security Initiative. CH2M Global Director Smart Cities and Senior Technology Fellow Dr. Avinash S. Patwardhan and Ken Thompson, CH2M Deputy Director Intelligent Water Solutions and Senior ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Analytics is not just about patterns in big data

    For most people, the term ‘data analytics’ conjures up images of Amazon, Facebook and Google: digitally born companies that gather huge data sets in order to better target products, adverts or services across a huge customer base. When it comes to really ...

  • Analytical Support for Cost-Effective Pollution Control

    ' Analytical tools have been developed by the World Bank Group to estimate rapidly the extent and impacts of pollution in a given situation and to support decisions on pollution management. These tools help decision makers to overcome the frequent lack of data on emissions from different sources, their impact on ambient quality, and mitigation alternatives.' Decision Support System for ...


    By The World Bank

  • Process analytics in the iron and steel industry – Case Study

    Steel is and will remain the most important engineering and construction material in the modern world. With an actual steel production of over 100 million tons per month, the global iron and steel industry is a very dynamic industrial sector. Further steps are ongoing towards increasing resource and energy efficiency, reducing emissions and providing safe and healthy work environments. Process ...

  • Process analytics in methanol plants – Case Study

    Methanol is a clear liquid usually made from natural gas. It is a clean burning fuel, containing almost no sulphur or nitrogenous materials. It is a petrochemical that is used to make countless industrial and consumer products. In the future, methanol could be used as a source of hydrogen for fuel cells. Different concepts are in use to produce methanol looking always for higher plant efficiency ...

  • Analytical Testing for Corexit Dispersants Used in the Gulf Spill

    The analysis of various sample matrices (seawater, sediment, tissue) to determine concentrations of Corexit dispersants used in the Gulf spill requires the use of one or more of the components in the dispersant as a tracer. The primary active ingredient (i.e. the primary surfactant) in the Corexit products is Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate Sodium Salt (DOSS). The other primary ingredients function as ...


  • Process analytics in claus plants – Case Study

    Sulfur recovery The relatively high sulfur content of the still available crude oil and natural gas reserves and the more stringent standards for sulfur emissions from oil, gas, and chemical processing facilities demand reliable and cost effective technologies for sulfur recovery. Sulfur recovery refers to the conversion of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) as byproduct of natural gas plants and ...

  • Predictive Analytics Will Be Critical to Beating the Driver Shortage

    The number of people working in the U.S. trucking industry hit an all-time high in December: 1.47 million, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s impressive — and great for the industry — but in no way does it eliminate the intense, industry-wide concern about and focus on the enormous projected need for more drivers every year through at least 2030.  ...


    By Omnitracs, LLC

  • Process analytics in polypropylene (PP) plants – Case Study

    Polypropylene Polypropylene (PP) is a generic name for a family of semicrystalline polymers. PP, as well as polyethylene (PE), belongs to the group of polyolefins, that are derived from a group of base chemicals known as olefins. Polyolefins are made by joining together small molecules (monomers) to form long-chain molecules (polymers) with thousands of individual links using a variety ...

  • Soil resource efficiency in urbanised areas - analytical framework and implications for governance

    Soil is a limited and non-renewable resource — implying that its supply is limited — of which a lot of functional demands are made. As well as the use of the soil resource for growing food, which has been done for millennia, the many and diverse services that can be derived from it are in particularly high demand in urbanised spaces, as these areas are where economic development and ...

  • Process analytics in gas-to-liquid (GTL) plants – Case Study

    NG, FT and GTL Natural Gas (NG) is a vital component of the world's supply of energy. It is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful of all energy sources. NG is colorless, shapeless, and odorless in its pure form. It is combustible, and when burned it emits lower levels of potentially harmful byproducts into the air than other fuels. NG is a mixture of hydrocarbon gases. While it ...

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