automated sample preparation Articles

  • Automated screening of explosives in soil samples by online SFE-SFC-MS

    There are a large number of explosives-contaminated sites in the US, Europe, and Asia. High levels of explosives in soil can threaten the health of humans, livestock, and wildlife. A number of remediation efforts are underway, which require the analysis of explosives in soil samples. Recently, a new technique was introduced that allows the automated supercritical fluid extraction and SFC ...

  • LIMS and the Automation of the Water Lab

    (Reproduced by permission from Laboratorium Magazine) Europe’s most modern water lab is located in Leeuwarden, in the Netherlands. Vitens made a big splash when it brought this modern building, with its transparent design, into operation in January 2005. Many colleagues from Dutch and foreign labs are eager to visit this installation, where water control samples are routed automatically with the ...


    By STARLIMS Corporation

  • PPCPs: Preparing for an uncertain regulatory future

    A recent study published in Environmental Pollution* identified 56 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in effluent samples from 50 large wastewater treatment plants across the U.S. Among the products found in samples were commonly prescribed anti-psychotic and antihypertensive drugs. As more studies continue to fuel public concerns over risks to public health and the environment, wastewater ...

  • USEPA Method 8260C using the Tekmar Atomx Automated VOC Sample Prep System and a Thermo Focus/DSQ™ II GCMS

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) developed Method 8260 to determine the concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in water and soil matrices. USEPA Methods 5030 and 50351 are used to prepare water, soil and waste samples for analysis by USEPA Method 8260. USEPA Method 8260 was recently updated from 8260B to 8260C2. In this study water and soil sample analysis ...


    By Teledyne Tekmar

  • Preparation of Large-Size Cohesive Specimens for Calibration Chamber Testing

    This paper describes the design of an automated slurry consolidometer and calibration chamber system used to prepare largesize cohesive soil specimens for testing in-situ devices, model foundations, and ground anchors. A two-stage technique for the preparattion of homogeneous cohesive specimens subjected to a known stress history is described. Briefly summarized are the data acquisition/control ...


    By ASTM International

  • Quantitative Analysis of Geological Samples- X-Calibur

    Abstract Quantitative and qualitative analysis of geological samples (rocks and river sediments) was performed on Xenemetrix EDXRF Benchtop Spectrometer System, model X-Calibur  Objective: Perform XRF measurements on certified geological reference materials to build calibration curves for the major oxides (Na2O, MgO, SiO2, Al2O3, SiO2, P2O5, ...


    By Xenemetrix Ltd.

  • Automated Oil Particle Analysis Helps Prevent Gearbox Failures

    The major issue for premature failure in wind turbine gearboxes is bearing failure, which leads to gearbox failure. A wind turbine gearbox will not survive if the oil is not clean and especially if the hard ferrous particles are not removed from ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Automated Data Management Helps Labs Meet Regulatory, Reporting Requirements

    THE NELAC (National Environmental Accreditation Conference) standards published in 2003 were revised and made available in July 2011 as the new TNI Standard 2009. Implementation of this updated standard, which is based on ISO 17025 guidance, will become a reality in the next year. For water system operators and testing labs, implementation requires not only adherence with ISO 17025 standards but ...

  • Two environmental laboratories, 1 private and 1 government, optimize automation and ROI with investment in BOD/Titrate duo (case study)

    MANTECH INC. is a leading manufacturer of automated multi-parameter, titration, BOD and COD laboratory instruments. Both a Private and Government Environmental Laboratory required optimized return on investment for both automated BOD/CBOD and automated multi-parameter systems. They each invested in the MANTECH BOD/Titrate Duo. Background Each laboratory identified ...


    By MANTECH

  • The Perfect Lab Partner For Compliance

    In July 2011, the NELAC (National Environmental Accreditation Conference) standards were revised as the new The NELAC Institute (TNI) Standard 2009, based on ISO 17025 guidance. Implementation of this updated TNI standard by the respective accrediting bodies will become a reality in the next year, though many have already implemented the new standard. For water system operators and testing labs, ...

  • Recycling Solvents in Histology Department of Hospitals

    Industrial rotary evaporator: eco-friendly and cost-saving Solvents (ethanol, xylene and water) are used in histology for dewatering and destaining during the preparation of tissue sections. Here we show how these solvents are recycled in an automated process using an industrial rotary evaporator. We offer safe and efficient industrial distillation by intuitive ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • Design of a Large Calibration Chamber

    The design and operation of a conceptually simple, low-cost chamber for calibration of cone penetrometers and other in situ devices is described. The chamber weighs over 5500 kg and houses a 4400-kg soil sample that is 1.5 m in diameter and height. Operations in the chamber are automated using a self-equilibrating hydraulic insertion frame, a soil pluviation system for sand placement, a vacuum ...


    By ASTM International

  • Analysis of Na, K, Ca and Mg in Mineralwater using the Microsampling Method

    Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium belong to the essential mineral substances in the human organism. These elements take influence in the generation of enzymes and hormones, control the osmotic pressure in tissues and body fluids and are important for the exchange procedures in the cell membranes. In this application, the control of Na, K, Ca and Mg in a variety of mineral waters has been ...

  • Thermal Desorption-GC/MS Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on fine particulates in air

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are commonly found throughout the environment in soil, water and adsorbed to fine particulate matter in air. Of the 16 common PAHs, 7 have been classified as animal carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Resulting from this classification, PAHs are monitored and regulated in the environment. Analysis of PAHs in soil and water ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Quantitative analysis of iron in flour

    Abstract   A quantitative analysis of Iron in flour via Xenemetrix EDXRF Laboratory Spectrometer System was performed by model EX-3600M. The minimum detection limit for Fe in flour matrix was determined to 0.8 ppm at 3 sigma. Objective  To design an easy method by using EDXRF technique for quick and convenient measurements of Fe in flour at the level ...


    By Xenemetrix Ltd.

  • Discrete or Continuous Flow Analysis – which is better?

    A wide variety of factors affect the choice of analytical instrument. These include target workload (samples/hour), variety of chemistries, methods required, bench space, staff availability etc. In the following article Lalicia Potter, Technical Sales & Support Director at SEAL Analytical, examines one of the common decisions facing laboratory managers. As the manufacturer of an ...

  • Water Monitoring in drinking water plants - The Comparison Between On-Line TOC Analysis and the Permanganate Oxidation Method

    Introduction The role ofthe plants providing water is not restricted to the collection of water from areas where abundantly available and then distribution to the consumer. In reality, it involves a serious commitment to the guarantee of waterwhich is high quality. For this reason, drinking water facilities make use of conditioning plants which are equipped with chemical lab ...


    By Envitech Ltd.

  • Xenemetrix EX-3600M (EDXRF) spectrometer analysis of the major elements in cement and compliance with ASTM Method C-114

    Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) can play a vital role in this industry by giving accurate analytical results in a short time.  ASTM C-114 is the test method used for the analysis of hydraulic cements. .  The overview of Xenemetrix EX-3600M (EDXRF) spectrometer analysis of the major elements in cement and compliance with ASTM Method C-114 will be described in this ...


    By Xenemetrix Ltd.

  • Matrix Gemini LIMS at work in a Health Screening Laboratory Case Study

    Eastern Deanery Aids Relief Program (Nairobi, Kenya) has improved data recording, speeded up sample throughput and allowed a direct link to existing electronic patient records by replacing its paper-based laboratory documentation system with Matrix Gemini LIMS. Background Eastern Deanery Aids Relief Program (EDARP) is a non-profit Christian faith-based organization which serves ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • Comprehensive analysis of tobacco smoke using TD–GC×GC–TOF MS with Tandem Ionisation

    The hazardous constituents of cigarette smoke have attracted considerable attention lately, especially with increasing regulation around the world limiting or banning smoking in public places – and even in private cars if children are present. From an analytical perspective, however, there is much that remains to be learnt about the composition of cigarette smoke, because of its high degree ...


    By SepSolve Analytical

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