Monitoring & Testing Applications in Australasia

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    A New GC-MS Method for Mycotoxin Analysis Using 13C-marked Mycotoxin Derivatives

    Andreas Breidbach [1] and Wolfgang Brodacz [2,3,4] developed a new GC-MS method using fully 13C isotopelabelled analogues of T-2 toxin and HT-2 toxin that allows for the detection of these toxins at concentrations as low as 2–5 ppb.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Office in AUSTRALASIA.

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    Determination of Additives in Beverages using Ascentis Express Columns

    Beverages, such as sodas and energy drinks, can include a number of polar ingredients, which are easily soluble in the water matrix of the drinks. These ingredients include sweeteners (sugars and sugar substitutes), caffeine, vitamin supplements, amino acids, organic acids, and plant extracts. Because the analytes are already in solution, there is no need for extensive sample preparation. Dilution followed by direct injection into an HPLC is typically suitable. In this article we present two beverage applications using Ascentis Express HPLC columns. Ascentis Express columns offer faster HPLC on any system. One benefit is their ability to produce the resolution, efficiency, and speed on conventional HPLC systems that is associated with the use of sub-2 micron columns on a UHPLC system, without generating high backpressure. Column chemistries (RP-Amide and HILIC) were selected for this article based on their enhanced performance with polar compounds in comparison to C18.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Office in AUSTRALASIA.

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    Analysis of Herbicides in Drinking Water

    Herbicides are used throughout the world to combat the growth of unwanted plant life. These polar compounds are hydrophilic, so they may find their way into drinking water sources. While gas chromatography has historically been the preferred technique for analysis of herbicides in water samples, the use of LC-MS/MS for this application is gaining acceptance. This is due to the power of MS/MS to provide detailed identification of multiple analytes, but also in part due to the variety of HPLC stationary phases that are available. In particular, several HPLC phases are available that provide great retention and peak shapes for polar analytes, such as herbicides, even under mostly aqueous mobile phase conditions. The combination of these factors may possibly eliminate need for time-consuming sample preparation.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Office in AUSTRALASIA.

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    Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde Determination in Air Using Fully Automated On-Line Desorption and Analysis of DNPH Cartridges

    Airborne aldehydes and ketones are collected by passing air through a cartridge containing 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH). Carbonyl compounds react with the DNPH to form hydrazones, which are immobilized on the cartridge. These compounds can be easily eluted from the cartridge with acetonitrile and analyzed by HPLC with UV detection. Traditionally, this analysis including the workup contains a series of manual steps, which can become time-consuming and could incur experimental error. Automating the extraction of LpDNPH S10 cartridges and putting it in-line with the HPLC analysis will significantly reduce manual labor using this technique and this will improve reproducibility of the method by reducing potential experimental errors by the operator. The automation and unattended operation of the method leads to high throughput for determining airborne formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Office in AUSTRALASIA.

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    Increased Pigment Removal with Analysis of Pesticides in Oranges

    An application was developed to demonstrate increased pigment removal for the analysis of pesticides, using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep/C18 QuEChERS and an Ascentis® Express C18 HPLC Column. The improved cleanup can decrease column and instrument fouling, leading to extended LC column lifetime and reduced instrument downtime.

    By Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Office in AUSTRALASIA.

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    Water monitoring technology for flow & discharge

    Measuring water flow and discharge to determine the amount of water flowing through an open channel is critical for predicting water availability and flood events, allocating watering, and more.

    By The OTT Hydromet Group Distributor in AUSTRALIA.

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    Water monitoring technology for nutrient monitoring

    Continuous monitoring of nutrient levels provides crucial information about daily, seasonal and event based changes in water quality conditions, and can be a strong indicator on the overall health of the water body.  In recent years, monitoring of nutrients has grown in importance as it has come to the forefront in regulatory compliance of water quality in many regions.

    By The OTT Hydromet Group Distributor in AUSTRALIA.

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    Odor control for refining/petroleum

    You refine the fuel, we’ll remove the odors. Oil refineries and petrochemical plants may generate large volumes of odor from the processing and refining of different fuels. Sulfides, mercaptans, and hydrocarbon compounds are all closely related to the oil industry. The odors generated from these industrial compounds are of a high nuisance value and generally create concern among local air boards and the public. Ecosorb odor removal products may be used in a variety of areas around the refinery including water treatment facilities, sludge ponds, sulfur recovery units, and API separators. To remove odors during tank cleaning and maintenance operations, portable dispersion systems can be used in the immediate work area to control malodors. Ecosorb products can be directly injected into flues and stacks and may be used as a substitute scrubbing solution in some applications.

    By OMI Industries (OMI) Distributor in Abbotsford, AUSTRALIA.

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    Odor control for tank cleaning

    When it comes to odor management, simply cleaning the tank isn’t enough to remove the odors. Prior to cleaning, storage tanks are vented to the atmosphere in order to reduce the internal gas content to a level below its lower explosion limit (LEL). This permits safe worker access. During venting, odors escape into the atmosphere creating a nuisance to nearby residents, businesses, and employees. Furthermore, storage tank cleaning results in production downtime that reduces plant profitability.

    By OMI Industries (OMI) Distributor in Abbotsford, AUSTRALIA.

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    Reverse Osmosis Water Testing

    Osmosis is the phenomenon of lower dissolved solids in water passing through a semi-permeable membrane into higher dissolved solids water until a near equilibrium is reached. Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a membrane process of purification which removes most of the the total dissolved solids (TDS) in water by reversing the natural process of osmosis. Pressure is applied to a TDS-concentrated solution against a semi-permeable membrane, causing pure water to diffuse through the membrane. RO has become an important process for a wide variety of applications including: medical, laboratory, desalination, industrial wastewater, Deionized (Dl) pretreatment, and drinking water.

    By Myron L Company Distributor in AUSTRALIA.

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    Chromatography laboratory instrumentation for environmental analysis

    Determining pollutants in environmental and food matrices requires efficient sample preparation and analytics. BUCHI provide a wide selection of solutions for reliable, flexible and safe sample processing procedures in the laboratory work flow for environmental analysis.

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG Distributor in Albany, NEW ZEALAND.

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    Chromatography laboratory instrumentation for pharmaceutical

    Drug discovery and development for pharmaceutical industries require safe, efficient and compliant sample preparations and analytics. BUCHI offers a variety of reliable solutions for regulated pharmaceutical laboratories.

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG Distributor in Albany, NEW ZEALAND.

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    Chromatography laboratory instrumentation for chemical

    Cost effective, safe and sustainable processes play a key role in the chemical industry. To cover those needs BUCHI offers a variety of reliable solutions for R&D, quality control and production.

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG Distributor in Albany, NEW ZEALAND.

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    Parallel evaporation in environmental consultancy

    For a fast and effcient sample concentration in order to monitor de pollution of the environment

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG Distributor in Albany, NEW ZEALAND.

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    Laboratory evaporation for pharmaceutical

    BUCHI offers a variety of reliable solutions for regulated pharmaceutical laboratories

    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG Distributor in Albany, NEW ZEALAND.

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    Wastewater Treatment

    Many industrial and pharmaceutical processes generate wastewater with volatile contaminants that increase the COD and BOD to a point where discharging to municipal wastewater is very costly or not an option. These contaminants can be removed from the water by distillation, substantially lowering the disposal cost, and, in many cases, the removed components can be further purified and reused in the process. MEGTEC offers the following solutions to remove the volatile contaminants and make wastewater suitable for discharge to most municipal wastewater treatment plants: Stripping columns using direct steam or a reboiler Distillation columns using indirect steam heat sources Our technologies have been applied to a range of processes including wastewater treatment from industries such as Pharmaceutical, Semiconductor, Chemical and Petrochemical.

    By Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC LLC Office in Glen Waverley, AUSTRALIA.

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    Power Generation

    MEGTEC is actively involved in providing Power Generation solutions for many applications ranging from utilizing process heat recovery systems to utilization with boilers, to recovering and utilizing Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) from coal mines. MEGTEC has developed VAM processing technologies for either abatement only and in combination with energy recovery and utilization. MEGTEC’s proven technologies are destroying methane while generating high quality carbon credits, electricity for coal mines and heating for local communities and facilities.

    By Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC LLC Office in Glen Waverley, AUSTRALIA.

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    Pool Water Testing / Spa Water Testing

    Anyone and everyone who is responsible for operating and maintaining a swimming pool or spa has to test, monitor, and control complex, interdependent chemical factors that affect the quality of water bathers are immersed in. Additionally, aquatic facilities operators must be familiar with all laws, regulations, and guidelines governing what these parameters should be.

    By Myron L Company Distributor in AUSTRALIA.

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