Sitelab Corporation manufactures portable laboratory instruments used to measure concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons in soil, sediment and water. Popular tests include TPH, GRO, DRO and PAHs. Customers use our UVF-Trilogy and UVF-500D analyzers to help make better field decisions when investigating and cleaning up petroleum sites.
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Since 1998, Sitelab Corporation has been the industry leader in providing portable hydrocarbon field analyzers to the oil and gas, environmental and soil remediation markets. We sell and rent equipment and provide laboratory services. Sitelab is located 45 minutes north of Boston, near historic Newburyport, Massachusetts. We are a small business focused on petroleum hydrocarbon analysis using UVF technology. We take great pride in providing our customers with the best products and technical support possible.
Sitelab's portable field analyzers use ultraviolet fluorescence technology; a very selective detection method useful for measuring many types of petroleum contaminants. Aromatic compounds, which include ring-shaped molecules such as benzene, naphthalene, benzo[a]pyrene and many others, both excite and emit energy at specific wavelengths. The fluorometer's response of each sample is measured by the instrument on a linear, multi-point calibration curve using certified standards sensitive to the wavelengths of interest. Samples are extracted in solvent using disposable test kits and then placed into the analyzer for analysis. The concentration is displayed in only a few seconds.
Different petroleum products contain different types and quantities of aromatic hydrocarbons, which fluoresce differently from one another. Many contaminated sites also contain weathered fuel products which have degraded and changed in composition over time.
Laboratories use US EPA and other regulatory test methods using gas chromatography (GC) instrumentation to detect hydrocarbons in soil or water. These methods can separate TPH into gasoline range and diesel range fractions. Laboratories also use gravimetric methods for crude oils and heavy fuel oils. Sitelab provides a variety of different calibration kits to choose from, which are specially formulated in order to best match the source of your spill and provide maximum performance when comparing your field results to the confirmatory lab. Test results generated directly correlate, providing very accurate and reliable results.
Sitelab's instruments can detect many different types of contaminants and are suitable for a wide range of applications. These instruments are very sensitive with minimum detection limits are in the low ppb and ppm range. Contaminants include:
- Gasoline, Jet Fuels, Kerosene
- Diesel Fuels, Heating Oils
- Crude Oils
- Heavy Fuel Oils, No. 6 Fuel Oil
- Motor Oils, Lubricating Oils, Waste Oils
- Transformer Oils, Hydraulic Fluids, Drilling Muds
- Gas Condensates
- Bitumen, Tar Sands, Asphalt
- Creosote, Coal Tars, Coal Ash
- Environmental consultants use Sitelab to investigate where, how much and what type of contamination exists on a site.
- Contractors use Sitelab to help guide excavation activities to clean up the vertical and horizontal extent of petroleum resulting from underground storage tanks (USTs).
- Scientists uses Sitelab to fingperprint and identify the type and age of petroleum.
- Government regulators and emergancy response crews use Sitelab to assist with oil spills, natural disasters or military activities.
- Property owners with fuel oil spills send samples to Sitelab's laboratory for fast, affordable and reliable test results.
- Field technicians use Sitelab to monitor levels of TPH for bioremediation, disposal and other treatment methods.
- Large industrial sites, power plants, Brownfields, tank farms and refineries where high numbers of samples must be tested without the high cost and time delays of conventional laboratory analysis.
- Manufacturering companies test metal parts for quality control to ensure their products are free of oil.
Use Sitelab's UVF-Trilogy model for all types of hydrocarbons; GRO, EDRO, PAHs and TPH. Use the UVF-500D model for TPH applications. These tests are described below:
- GRO: Gasoline Range Organics Hydrocarbons. This includes BTEX and other volatile compounds in the C6 to C10 range. Results correlate well to EPA Method 8015-GRO, VPH or similar GC methods.
- EDRO: Extended Diesel Range Organic Hydrocarbons. This includes hydrocarbons in the C10 to C36 diesel and oil range. Results correlate well to EPA Method 8015-DRO, EPH or similar GC methods.
- PAHs: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Results correlate well to the 16 PAHs reported by EPA Method 8270 by GC/MS.
- TPH-Oil: Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons. This includes hydrocarbons in the C10 to C50 range. This test is used for 'Oil & Grease' applications testing crude oil and heavy fuel oils.
Not sure what type of oil or fuel you have on your site?
Sitelab's UVF-Trilogy hydrocarbon fingerprinting model, part no. 7200-004-FNGP, is fitted with 4 UV modules and includes up to 10 factory calibrations. Each UV module is fitted with LEDs and optical filters sensitive to different types of hydrocarbons. By testing a sample for it's GRO and PAH content, the ratios or 'signatures' exhibited in the data can be used identify the type or age of petroleum contamination.
This forensic method is useful on sites contaminated by unknown petroleum sources or to see if the contaminant is fresh or weathered (new or old). Soil, sediment, water and oil samples can be analyzed.
Need laboratory analysis? We specialize in testing oil on metals serving the food, drug and medical device manufacturers. Applications incude testing parts and surfaces for hydrocarbon content to ensure they are clean and oil free.