mid-infrared analytical instrumentation Articles

  • Spectro Scientific`s Third Edition Of The Oil Analysis Handbook

    It has been over two years since the publication of the first edition of Spectro Scientific’s In-Service Oil Analysis Handbook. Our goal was to compile a comprehensive reference book of common in-service oil analysis techniques to help readers understand and choose the right technique and instrumentation for their needs. In-service oil analysis for condition based maintenance covers a wide ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Analytical Devices for the Measurement of Water Vapor in the Natural Gas Process and Transmission Industry

    ABSTRACT The determination of water vapor (and water dew point) is crucial in the processing, custody transfer and transport of natural gas. High levels of water vapor in a natural gas stream can lead to a number of problems which include the formation of hydrates and the contribution to freezing and corrosion of plant and equipment. There are a number of ways of determining the water vapor ...

  • Tech update: Plant instrumentation - food engineering

    Sensors and other devices are the foot soldiers in automation architecture, but most food and beverage manufacturers still are looking for full value. You know an equipment category has arrived when it starts getting its own industry-specific center. For the food production sensors that do the heavy lifting in instrumentation technology, that day could arrive earlier rather than ...


    By Hardy Process Solutions

  • Exoscan FTIR instrument system can easily be used in the lab or taken to the field for routine analysis.

    Infrared spectroscopy has long been recognized as a selective and sensitive technique for analysis and characterization of surfaces. From material identification to quantitative analysis, infrared analyses can establish if a surface is composed of the correct material, has the proper coating thickness, is free of contaminants, is properly cured, or has the correct properties for the next step in ...


  • A novel spectrometer design for process and handheld infrared spectral measurements

    Introduction Infrared spectroscopy offers many unique advantages for measurements within an industrial environment. Historically, the technique has been used for a broad range of applications from the composition of gas and liquid mixtures to the analysis of trace components for gas purity analysis. In cases where a well-defined method of analysis is involved, such as the measurement of ...


    By CIC Photonics, Inc.

  • Materials Testing Laboratory Provides Cutting Edge Contamination Testing Solutions

    Many industries have extremely tight parameters for any contamination of parts that are used in their manufacturing process.  Testing for contamination and quality control is an integral part of these companies’ final products. At EMSL Analytical, the Materials Testing Laboratory has extensive experience in providing highly detailed analytical services to assist manufacturers in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • FTIR resolution requirements for industrial gas analyzers

    FTIR Spectroscopy is a widely used technique for gas analyses in industrial applications. It is a technique used in the semiconductor industry for measuring the purity of cleaning, etching, and epi-treatment gases used with various process tools, reactors, and abatement devices. Among chemical companies and R&D facilities, FTIR is applied to combustion thermodynamics and stack gas emissions; ...


    By CIC Photonics, Inc.

  • FTIR resolution requirements for industrial gas analyses

    FTIR Spectroscopy FTIR Spectroscopy is a widely used technique for gas analyses in industrial applications. It is a technique used in the semiconductor industry for measuring the purity of cleaning, etching, and epitreatment gases used with various process tools, reactors, and abatement devices. Among chemical companies and R&D faciltities, FTIR is applied to combustion ...


    By CIC Photonics, Inc.

  • Portable IR Analyzer Provides ASTM Field Test Method for Measuring Soot Levels In Diesel Engine Lubricating Oils

    The InfraCal Soot Meter, from Wilks Enterprise, gives users an approved ASTM testing method for measuring the percent level of soot in diesel engine lubricating oils -- ASTM Method D7686-2011 entitled “Test Method for Field-Based Condition Monitoring of Soot in In-Service Lubricants Using a Fixed-Filter Infrared (IR) instrument.” While there is widespread disagreement on used-diesel ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Shimadzu Guide to US EPA Method 8260 for analysis of volatile organic compounds in groundwater and solid waste

    Environmental contamination has been at the forefront of government policy and regulation since the US EPA was established in 1970. Over the years the US EPA has developed, published, and updated multiple methods for analysis of environmental pollutants, and single-quadrupole gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has long been the technique of choice for determination of volatile ...

  • Soot level – a diesel engine lube oil condemning limit

    While there is widespread disagreement on used-diesel oil condemning limits, it is well known that excessive soot in the lube oil causes abnormal valve and injection-train wear.  It can also increase exhaust emissions and clog filters.  Typically, the suggested limit for soot is in the neighborhood of 3% but can go much higher.  With the new ASTM Method D7686, truck, bus, ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Low level moisture measurement in Natural gas using a Lunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (tdlas) based laser case study

    Introduction The measurement of water vapor in natural gas has long been of industrial importance, and has been addressed by a variety of analytical techniques over the years. Chief among these techniques has been the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) based analyzers. The QCM technology is still the workhorse for production and pipeline applications, and the technique is considered by most ...

  • Selecting and Placing Gas Detectors for Maximum Application Protection

    Many industrial processes involve dangerous gases and vapors: flammable, toxic, or both. With the different sensing technologies available, and the wide range of industrial applications that exist, selecting the best sensor and locating them properly for the job at hand can be a challenge. To ensure a high level of safety, know the latest sensing technologies, which technology is best for the ...

  • On Line Measurement of Oxygen: Review and New Developments

    Keywords Oxygen. Paramagnetic, Zirconia, Tunable Diode Lasers Abstract Oxygen is vitally important to the existence of animal life, not only for respiration, but also for the many aspects of the combustion reaction (power generation, vehicular movement, heating) and process control, safety and quality. Continuous measurement techniques are correspondingly ...

  • Case study - Cost-saving solutions using Sievers InnovOx TOC analyzers - optimizing organic loading

    Cost Concern  A company’s inability to recognize real-time organic loading changes in their wastewater treatment plant could result in excessive charges from the local water utility. Company Challenge A production facility located in the U.S. Midwest currently controls the organic loading in their wastewater’s chemical treatment ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • What is the pressure limit for my LC column?

    This is a question we get in Tech Services fairly often.  Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a published limit for every column that we produce, but here are a few of them that we have specified: For 3 and 5 um fully porous particle ...


    By Restek Corporation

  • Gas cell selection for analysis of electronic gases

    APIMS and FTIR remain the preferred analytical tools for monitoring impurities in the electronic  specialty gases used by the semiconductor industry, although other tools such as CRDS are currently finding application in selected cases. FTIR spectroscopy offers the advantage of the simultaneous measurement of all gaseous species that exhibit dipole moment changes during vibrations at ...


    By CIC Photonics, Inc.

  • Detecting Gases: What You Can`t Smell Can Hurt You

    Walking through a drill-site area, a worker smells rotten eggs and stops tor a minute or two to assess where a gas leak might exist. Rubbing his itchv eves as he investigates further, he notices that he no longer smells the tell¬tale hydrogen sulphide odour. He does not realize that the gas has deadened his olfactory senses and unless he leaves the area within seconds, he could lose ...

  • In Beverly, the Shoe Fits for Bioanalysis!

    This past May, many of the nation’s leading bioanalysts gathered in New England to share ideas and explore the latest advances in mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography, and sample preparation for large molecule quantification. At Waters’ semi-annual bioanalysis workshop, scientists from across the U.S. trained on the latest mass spectrometry instrumentation at our demonstration ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Unmanned remote and wireless CDM monitoring case study

    Remote and wireless monitoring technology to meet CDM requirements is in its infancy in Europe. Carbon trading is driving it globally, especially in North and South America. That experience and technology is now finding a demand in Europe and Asia in landfill, biogas from food and animal waste in digesters and water treatment sludge digestion. Methane recovery from landfill and anaerobic ...


    By Geotech

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