Grabner MINIDIS ADXpert - New benchmark for automatic D86 distillation


Source: Grabner Instruments Messtechnik GmbH

GRABNER INSTRUMENTS introduces the new MINIDIS ADXpert, an automatic, portable and fast mini-distillation analyzer. Reliable and highly precise results make the MINIDIS ADXpert a smart alternative to classical D86 testing. MINIDIS ADXpert has a resolution about twice as good as D86 distillation units, yielding results that are well within ASTM D86 r/R requirements. The extremely versatile unit allows precise testing of various gasoline, jet fuel and diesel products (groups 0-4), biofuels, solvents, aromatics, organic liquids, chemicals and contaminated or blended samples.

MINIDIS ADXpert is an automatic distillation analyzer, designed for laboratory and field use. A distillation run on light products takes just 15 minutes and requires as little as 6 mL of sample. Because of its small size the portable mini-distillation apparatus is the ideal unit for places where limited or no lab-space is available. The analyzer incorporates automatic rinsing, sample introduction and fully automatic cleaning programs, which guarantee highest productivity and eliminate the need to do manual cleaning of glassware.

Outstanding: Highest Safety

Broken glassware is one of the major reasons for fire hazards experienced when distilling with glass flasks. Because of the rugged metal housing, the sealed metal distillation cycle and the small sample volume the MINIDIS ADXpert does not need a fire protection system. Cheap and durable metal sample cups instead of expensive glass flasks significantly reduce consumable costs and make the MINIDIS ADXpert a perfect solution for distillation testing in challenging environments.

Ease of Use

Never before has distillation testing been that easy. The user presses “RUN” and is guided step-by-step through the distillation program – no prior distillation test knowledge or tedious manual studies are required. Designed as a standalone analyzer, MINIDIS ADXpert can be remotely controlled and easily integrated into existing LIM-Systems.

Problematic samples? No Problem!

Classical D86 distillation analyzers often encounter so called “problematic” samples. Mining solvents, condensates and raffinates for example cannot be measured by a D86 analyzer in most cases. MINIDIS ADXpert incorporates a versatile temperature control for a very small sample volume, which allows easy and fast heater adjustment. So even “problematic” samples can be distilled until the final boiling point is reached! The highly accurate volume detection system allows for precise and repeatable analysis of Biofuels and vegetable oils mixtures.

Setting a new standard

MINIDIS ADXpert performs according to the new D7344 standard for true atmospheric distillation. Results of the MINIDIS ADXpert excellently match D86, ISO 3405, IP123 and DIN51751 results. Fully automatic measurements, the temperature controlled sample introduction and a sophisticated automatic heating program eliminate sources for D86 distillation operator bias.

Unmatched versatility

Excellent performance, portability and best robustness make the new MINIDIS ADXpert a clearly superior distillation analyzer for testing atmospheric distillation characteristics of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and solvents. Fast measurements, automatic cleaning and close to no waste allow for versatile applications in laboratories, at-line or in Mobile Labs.

What customers say about the new MINIDIS ADXpert

The new MINIDIS ADXpert has been thoroughly tested by Grabner customers. Here are some of their statements:

“The new MINIDIS ADXpert is very easy to use, works fully automatic and produces highly repeatable results in comparison to ASTM D86 analyzers. We especially like the small sample volume and the program for automatic cleaning.”

Eva Galdova, Head of Mobile Laboratory, SGS Czech Republic

'We have purchased the Grabner MINIDIS as an alternative to traditional D86 distillation units. It has proven its performance and reliability in our lab. Easy to use with automated sample handling, low maintenance costs, using only little space on our lab bench: My staff loves the MINIDIS!'

Jim Koscielniak, Manager, Plains All American Pipeline

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GRABNER INSTRUMENTS, a member of AMETEK Inc., is known as one of the most innovative companies world wide developing and manufacturing automatic petroleum testing equipment. Grabner Instruments’ success is based on the development of portable, rugged and easy to operate fuel and oil analyzers for accurate quality control in the laboratory as well as for fast on-site tests in mobile laboratories.

AMETEK, Inc. T(NYSE:AME)T is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with an annual turnover of approximately 2.5 billion US$. AMETEK’s corporate growth plan is based on four key strategies: Operative excellence, strategic acquisitions and alliances, geographic and market expansion as well as new products. AMETEK’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index.

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