Portable Analyzers Articles

  • What Does Complete Visibility of EH&S across all Operating Divisions Really Mean?

    Large modern businesses are incredibly complex. There are a huge number of constituent elements that make up the whole and often a vast number of operating divisions that must work in harmony, even if separated by walls, layers of management and – sometimes – entire counties. This all makes the prospect of managing EH&S across the estate of an ...


    By Rivo Software Ltd.

  • Free White Paper: Technologies for On-Site Positive Material Identification

    Until now there have been two established technologies for Positive Material Identification (PMI) inspection: Handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometers (HHXRF) Mobile and portable optical emission spectrometers (OES) Oxford Instruments recently launched the mPulse, the world’s first handheld metal analyser based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). ...


    By Oxford Instruments plc

  • Rapid portable cross-connection detection by sensitive fluorescence spectroscopy

    Abstract The implementation of dual reticulation systems for returning recycled water to the home for nonpotable use is now common in new Australian housing developments. Managing the associated public health risk requires consideration of the potential for crossconnections between recycled and potable water pipes. While current protocols for detection exist, they are time consuming and ...


    By Safe Training Systems Ltd

  • Portable IR Analyzers Provide Petroleum & Wastewater Industries with Accurate Oil Content Measurements

    Fixed filter infrared (IR) analyzers have been used to test oil levels in produced water on off-shore and on-shore drilling platforms for well over 45 years. U.S. EPA methods 418.1 and 413.2 were used extensively on a worldwide basis until the Montreal Protocol called for Freon (the solvent used in the analysis) to be phased out. Infrared analysis using tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) is ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Get Comparable ASTM/EN Data for Biodiesel Blend Measurements While Saving Time and Money using Portable IR Analyzers

    Both EN 14078 and ASTM D7371 methods for measuring the percent biodiesel in diesel fuel use infrared analysis as the analytical method and are based around using an FTIR spectrometer which has the capability to do a multitude of analyses besides the biodiesel in diesel measurement. This is great for a laboratory where various biofuels measurements are required. However, if the only measurement ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Comply with Highly Regulated Oil in Water Measurements Using Portable Infrared Analyzers

    The Petroleum Industry – both offshore and onshore -- has regulations that limit the amount of oil in discharged water.  Fixed filter infrared (IR) analyzers have been used to test oil levels in produced water on drilling platforms for over 45 years for a number of reasons. On oil rigs where real estate is at a premium, infrared analyzers such as the Wilks InfraCal TOG/TPH ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Field Detection of Chlorinated Alkenes in Well Water using the FROG-4000 Portable GC - Case Study

    Introduction Defiant’s FROG 4000, a portable GCPID system, was used to identify and determine the concentration of chlorinated alkenes in several extraction wells located in Tacoma Washington. Split samples were taken at each well and sent to an offsite lab for analysis. This case study examines the field exercise and highlights the high degree of agreement between the offsite lab and ...


    By Northern ANI Solutions Ltd.

  • Hired metals analyser ensures remediation success

    Cognition Land and Water Ltd, a UK based remediation specialist, has hired a portable XRF metals analyser to improve the speed of remediation work at a project in London’s Kentish Town. The project had a major impact on local residents so timescales were extremely tight but Cognition’s Charlie Jarvis says “It would not have been possible to meet the deadline without the use of ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Latest analytical technology ensures biogas efficiency

    Anaerobic Digestion (AD) relies on the ability of specific micro-organisms to convert organic material into a gas that can be used to generate electricity. However, these bacteria require specific conditions if they are to function effectively and instrumentation specialist company HACH LANGE has developed a range of online, portable and laboratory instruments that have enabled a large number of ...


  • Portable Infrared Analyzers Provide On-Site Measurement of Oil and Grease Levels in Hydraulic Fracturing Water

    The amount of water used in and produced by hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells is in the millions of gallons per well.  Whether the water is going to be taken off-site for disposal or reused for re-injection, the flowback or produced water needs pretreatment to remove any residual oil from the water.  Waiting for remote laboratory results to determine the oil level can take several ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • On-Site TPH in Soil Measurements in less than 15 Minutes with Portable IR Analyzers

    On-site analysis of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) concentration levels in soil are easily handled using the InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers manufactured by Wilks Enterprise, Inc.  The InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers are portable infrared (IR) analyzers that quickly determine TPH levels in less than 10-15 minutes, including the extraction.  Concentrations as low as 10 ppm to well over 10,000 - ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • The Effect of Biodiesel Feedstocks on Infrared Blend Measurements

    This White Paper addresses the common concern among biodiesel blenders and distributors as to whether or not biodiesel made from different feedstocks such as soy, waste vegetable oil or palm oil will affect the blend measurement.  The data presented, as well as the chemistry, shows that infrared measurements offer a reliable analytical technique for checking biodiesel blend. Portable ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Comply with Permit Levels for Fats, Oil and Grease in Wastewater using Portable IR Analyzers

    Wilks InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers provide accurate, on-site analysis to help regulators and industry reduce the discharge of fats, oil and grease in wastewater.  On-site testing with the portable mid-IR InfraCal Analyzer gives results in 10 minutes and eliminates the wait for off-site lab results.  It is simple enough for an operator with minimal training to do the analysis. Stricter ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • On-Site Ethanol in Gasoline Blend Analysis Saves Money and Eliminates Uncertainty in Fuel Blends

    The use of ethanol as a gasoline additive has increased dramatically over the past few years and will likely continue to increase.  For fuel blenders, this means an added challenge to avoid an incorrect blend that could lead to regulatory fines, loss of customer confidence and damage to equipment.  A quick on-site analysis with a portable mid-infrared based analyzer, such as the Wilks ...


    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 ...

  • Portable IR analyzers: the ideal measurement solution for biofuels blend quality and wastewater testing

    Two challenges facing the biofuels industry involve compliance with blend quality standards and wastewater regulations. According to a study done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1 the chief problem found with biodiesel blends was inaccurate blend ratios. Retail customers and fleet managers do not typically worry about whether the blend ratio is correct until a problem occurs. For ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • New TOC sensor wins Gold IBO award for portable instrument design

    In 2006, the USEPA singled out the distribution system as the most vulnerable component of a utility’s drinking water system. In response, many waterworks are taking a closer look at how they may protect the public’s drinking water. One option is to place online water quality panels throughout the distribution system to detect a change in the baseline water quality. The cost of implementing a ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Meeting the challenges of biodiesel blend measurements

    In a published paper on biodiesel blend quality submitted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory1, the chief problem found with biodiesel blends was inaccurate blend ratios. Retail customers and fleet managers do not typically worry about whether the blend ratio is correct until a problem occurs. For fleet managers, an incorrect blend can mean a total shutdown of operations. On the ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Simplified biofuels measurements with portable mid infrared analyzers

    Product quality begins at the production facility and extends to consumer filling station. Some process control or quality verification analyses can be done with quick and simple verification tests while others require more complete tests according to the ASTM or EN approved methods. Many crucial measurements can be performed by mid-infrared (IR) analysis. These measurements include free fatty ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Portable PMI Instruments

    Positive material identification (PMI) is a powerful methodology for assuring that manufacturing companies operate with greater profit, more efficiency, and the highest possible leveis of safety. The requirement for PMI of alloy materials in refinery systems and petrochemical plant operations has grown dramatically from the late 1970s when it was a rarity, to nearly 100% PMI in today’s risk-based ...

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