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    Laboratory Weighing - Dynamic Weighing

    The Dynamic Weighing application allows weighing results to be determined even under adverse conditions. For instance, when determining the weights of animals, weighing on board ship, or on an unstable surface.

    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc based in Greifensee, SWITZERLAND.

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    Monitoring of fuels in stormwater

    The Situation

    A major pipeline company has large storage tank farms throughout the Western States. The pipeline company transports, stores, blends additives, and distributes gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to retail service stations and airports. Due to the quantity and movement of fuel at these facilities, there is always the potential for fuel spills. These facilities prevent out of compliance discharge by capturing all stormwater in storm drains, which is then sent to treatment systems prior to discharge. At some sites, groundwater from ongoing remediation is mixed with stormwater at the treatment system prior to local discharge.

    By Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments, Inc. based in Fresno, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Monitoring of raw water intake

    The Situation:

    Hydrocarbons in municipal water supplies,  including fresh water and desalination systems, are commonly limited to less than 1 part per million. Surface water from rivers, lakes, or the sea with marine traffic, nearby pipelines, or regular flooding can be contaminated by hydrocarbons. Freshwater treatment systems can be damaged by hydrocarbons or allow them to pass through undetected. Desalination systems using reverse osmosis (RO) membranes can be irreversibly damaged by the presence of hydrocarbons. Continuous monitoring of water source intakes can prevent system contamination and subsequent damage.  Accurate, low maintenance monitoring systems such as the TD-4100 XD and XDC have been protecting water intakes worldwide for over 20 years.

    By Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments, Inc. based in Fresno, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Monitoring once through cooling water

    The Situation

    Power plants and paper mills use service water loops and mill water loops respectively for the cooling of lubricating, hydraulic, turbine and transformer oil.  These cooling systems feature large, recirculating volumes of water which are treated with biocides, dispersants, and corrosion inhibitors. By comparison, refineries often use once through cooling water systems. The cooling water is taken from lakes, rivers, or the ocean and circulated once through the plant to cool processes. Large volumes of water are used to keep the return water temperature low enough to prevent adverse effects on the environment.

    By Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments, Inc. based in Fresno, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Continuous emissions monitoring for brick plants

    Process control and emissions monitoring in a brick plant is a challenge due to the high concentrations of HF. The HF is generated in the process and gas phase HF can reach 50 mg/m3 or more. To use an extractive system in this environment will demand a lot of maintanence.

    By Opsis AB based in Furulund, SWEDEN.

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    Positive material identification for the metal alloy industry

    Positive Material Identification is a well accepted analytical materials testing and materials identification technique used within the metal alloy industry. It guarantees the materials chemical composition as required for quality control.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Machine condition monitoring for labs & services

    Overview

    Machine condition monitoring using oil analysis is widely practiced by virtually every segment of modern industry that maintains large, expensive, oil-lubricated machines. In many cases, especially in smaller plants or enterprises, samples are sent to commercial oil analysis laboratories that can help monitor machinery health.

    By Spectro Scientific based in Chelmsford, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

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    Marine monitoring solutions for the SO2/CO2/NOx monitoring

    Process control of a SO2 scrubber on a ship is a challenge due to wet and corrosive gases. In such environment, extractive gas sampling systems require high levels of maintenance in order to operate correctly. OPSIS monitoring system solves this by using an optical, non-contact, cross-duct technique. A light beam is sent across the duct or stack to be measured, and the captured light is sent through an optical fibre cable to an analyser. The analyser measures SO2, CO2 and NOx concentrations using UV and IR absorption, approved reference methods.

    By Opsis AB based in Furulund, SWEDEN.

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    On-site analysis of scrap metal for sorting in the metal recyling industry

    Scrap metal sorting requires fast, accurate, on-site analysis. To achieve maximum price for the scrap, analysis for both incoming and outgoing scrap is required. X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis is widely used within the scrap metal sorting and recycling industry to achieve highest efficiency, most consistent product and best price and all this through Non-Destructive Testing.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Continuous emissions monitoring for mineral wool production

    Process control and emissions monitoring in a mineral wool plant is a challenge due to the presence of phenol and formaldehyde. To use an extractive system in this environment will demand a lot of maintenance. The OPSIS DOAS system is different and provides plants with an accurate analyser that will operate with a minimum of maintenance. The OPSIS DOAS system is based on a non-contact method using an optical measurement path that can operate across the duct.

    By Opsis AB based in Furulund, SWEDEN.

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    Continuous emissions monitoring for CO2 capture

    The process control of a CO2 capture plant needs good and reliable detection of gas phase NH3 and CO2. Measuring NH3 is a challenge due to the corrosive environment and high concentrations of NH3. Several places in the process needs to be monitored and to transport the sample is difficult. A large dynamic range is needed as the NH3 concentration can vary between 15% volume and a few mg/m3.

    By Opsis AB based in Furulund, SWEDEN.

  • End Point Detection

    Hiden Ion Milling Probe – End Point Detector The only dedicated end point determination tool for ion etch control and optimum process quality. End point Analysis. Target Impurity Determination. Quality Control / SPC. Residual Gas Analysis. Leak Detection The IMP is a differentially pumped, ruggedized secondary ion mass spectrometer for the analysis of secondary ions and neutrals from the ion mill process, featuring: High Sensitivity SIMS / MS with Pulse Ion Counting Detector. Triple filter Quadrupole, 300 amu mass range is standard. Differentially Pumped Manifold With Mounting Flange to Process Chamber. Ion Optics with Energy Analyser and integral ioniser. Penning Gauge and interlocks to provide over pressure protection. Data System with integration to the process tool. Stability (less than ±0.5% height variation over 24 h). MASsoft control via RS232, RS485 or Ethernet LAN. Programmable DDE, Parallel Digital I / O, RS232 Scripting Communication

    By Hiden Analytical based in Warrington, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • ASTM Color (0-7) #3070

    ASTM color is an important product quality measurement for many refinery and petrochemical processes. The purpose of this application note is to determine ASTM (D1500) color with the ClearView db fiber optic photometer for real-time ASTM color measurement from 0-7. Quantify yellowness for product quality measurement for many refinery and petrochemical processes. Get results in real-time (seconds). Use for ASTM and other parameters in complex streams. Detect potential cross-over contamination in fill or supply lines in real-time. Gain significant improvements in process control. Guided Wave's in-process NIR analyzer will determine ASTM (D1500) color in real time helping operators improve process control 24/7.

    By Guided Wave, Inc. based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Percent Aromatics in Gasoline #3008

    The aromatic content of gasoline determines many of its combustion properties. Since it also impacts the environmental characteristics of the fuel it is desirable to have accurate measurements of this parameter. The traditional analytical method for measuring aromatics is either gas chromatography (GC) or an older method entitled fluorescent indicator adsorption (FIA), both of which are time and labor intensive. This note will discuss the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of % aromatics in fuel products using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR can be applied in real time directly in process monitoring or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods. Request Application Note #3008

    By Guided Wave, Inc. based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Dust monitoring of exhaust gases from manufacturing processes

    DynOptic dust monitors use the innovative Dynamic Detection Principle (DDP) to measure dust and particulate within exhaust gases from various manufacturing processes. DDP, or optical scintillation as it sometimes referred to, measures the dynamic fluctuation in light transmission as dust particles move through a light beam. This dynamic fluctuation derives from temporal distributions of the dust particles which attenuate the light beam. The more dust present in the exhaust, the greater the amplitude of these fluctuations. DDP instruments calculate the dynamic response, or the ratio of light variation to light intensity, which for particular applications, is proportional to dust concentration and when calibrated against standard reference measurements, this can be presented as a reading in mg/m³.

    By DynOptic Systems Ltd based in Brackley, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • In-situ Calcite Crystallisation Monitoring

    Calcite cristallisation reactions, commonly known as "scaling" events, are monitored in-situ using a portable field spectrophotometer with fibre optical probe accessory.

    By WAT Australia Pty.Ltd. based in West Australia, AUSTRALIA.

  • Classification and identification of recyclable material

    This level is expected to reach over 4 million tons by 2010. Companies that specialize in recycling carpet require a fast, reliable and accurate means of identifying the carpet face fiber type entering recycling streams. Collection of plastics for recycling is increasing rapidly. Plastic recycling faces one huge problem, plastic types must not be mixed for recycling. Even a small amount of the wrong type of plastic can ruin the melt. Whether it is a carpet or plastic, classification and identification of recyclable material can be achieved using Bruker Optics` state of the art spectrometer systems. Bruker Optics has applied the FT-NIR technology and experience to this demanding requirement, and offers the Carpet Analyzer as a dedicated solution for the recycling industry.

    By Bruker Corporation based in Billerica, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

  • Hydroxyl Number in Polyols (OH#) #3013

    The use of polymeric polyols is commonplace in the manufacturing of polyurethanes and other specialty polymers. The hydroxyl number (OH#) is a measure of the concentration of the hydroxyl groups on the polyol. This is an important parameter to monitor and control during polyol production. The laboratory method that is commonplace for hydroxyl number determination is both time consuming and involves the use of hazardous materials. This note will discuss the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of hydroxyl number in polyols using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR can be applied in real time directly in process or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods. NIR also offers the benefit of increased safety over traditional methods. For well established process measurements, a Guided Wave ClearView® db multi-wavelength photometer can be used to achieve similar results.

    By Guided Wave, Inc. based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Cetane Number of Diesel Fuels #3010

    The Cetane number of a diesel fuel is a measure of the ignition properties and is an important specification that must be met during fuel production. The traditional laboratory method for Cetane number determination is the knock engine method in which the fuel is burned and its combustion characteristics compared to known standards. This method is time and labor intensive, and provides no ability for real time control of production. This note discusses the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of Cetane number in diesel fuel using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR is applied in real-time directly in process monitoring or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods.

    By Guided Wave, Inc. based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Alkane (hydrocarbon) gas measurement for mudlogging in oil & gas drilling rigs

    The need for operator and maintainance intensive gas chromatograph (GC) analyzers was eliminated. Customer can now deploy all-optical, unattended sensor system for monitoring the composition of hydrocarbon gases (C1-C5) exiting the well bore which provides crucial information about the drilling formation that would save time and money.

    By MKS Instruments, Inc. based in Andover, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

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