MINISCAN IR VISION - Top Performer in Portable Fuel Analysis
Petrolab Company introduces a new high speed, compact mid-FTIR fuel analyzer for comprehensive and automatic measurement of gasoline, jet and diesel fuels. Built on Grabner´s new Vision platform, the MINISCAN IR Vision increases analysis speed by a factor of ten when compared to previous models.
The concept of the MINISCAN IR Vision was built with over 20 years of experience and improvements in FTIR fuel analysis. The analyzer is configured to measure more than 100 fuel components and parameters of gasoline, jet and diesel fuels specifically for fuel blending or point of sale. The factory provides a database of several thousand fuels, collected worldwide and measured according to ASTM and EN fuel specifications.
The new fuel analyzer offers cutting-edge performance and enhanced measurement speed. The high-performance processor allows the user to calculate measurement results from a full spectrum within seconds. Fuel properties calculated from the factory database can be retrained and optimized. Menu navigation utilizing large button touchscreen design is user friendly and ensures immediate instrument response. The robust, 10” full color industrial touchscreen guarantees highest visibilty. The instrument facilitates worldwide remote support and service via a highly secure VPN tunnel.
The quality of MINISCAN IR Vision is unmatched in its class of portable fuel analyzers. The thermoelectric temperature regulation of the instrument´s filling system, measuring cells and integrated density meter allows for highest accuracy in measuring the volume of fuel compounds. A high-quality Ge-coated KBr beam splitter offers better optical transmission than analyzers using ZnSe based beamsplitters and improves the limit of detection of Benzene measurements. With an optical resolution of 3.8 cm-1, the analyzer resolution is superior over comparable mid-FTIR analyzers. Click here for additional information.
MINISCAN IR LOG Offers a LOGical Solution for Condition Monitoring of Lubricants, Oils and Greases
AMETEK Petrolab Company has added a new lube oil and grease analyzer to its portfolio. The MINISCAN IR LOG is a highly versatile and extremely fast FTIR analyzer, designed for on-site condition monitoring of oils and greases, and capable of measuring low or high levels of water in oil accurately and quickly, without using hazardous reagents for sample preparation.
Lubricating oils and greases play a key role in the performance of today´s high-value machinery and motors. By reducing friction and wear between moving parts, they guarantee long-term economic and profitable operation of machinery used in industrial, petrochemical, and power generation plants, and by the mining and other industries. Lubrication oils and greases help preserve and protect vehicle and marine engines, both commercial and military.
If the condition of the oil and grease is not monitored continuously, additional costs are inevitable. The failure to predict oil degradation can lead to motor-repair expenditures that easily sum up to several hundred thousand dollars per year. An equal amount of costs can accumulate if oils and greases are changed too early.
The quality and the costs of todays´ oils also are increasing, and the premature exchange of expensive oils for naval vessel, automotive fleets, wind farms and other large oil and lube consumers can have a severe effect on business profitability. Those users need to consider the purchase of a condition-monitoring instrument that allows them to check lube oil and grease quality directly on-site and that facilitates a timely and accurate response to oil degradation, which can add up to a significant hard-dollar-saving investment.
The compact, robust MINISCAN IR LOG FTIR analyzer from AMETEK Grabner Instruments is uniquely designed to match the requirements of the lube oil and grease industry. Only one drop of a sample is required to accurately measure numerous oil and grease performance indicators. Depletion of anti-wear oxidation compounds and additives, as well as sulfate, nitration, soot and water levels, can be measured, and pass/fail information is displayed within minutes. Preconfigured methods can be easily selected for measuring different types of lubricating oils, and the measurements can be done by untrained personnel.
Because the sample is directly applied to the measuring cell, rather than flowing through the cell, the instrument´s performance is not limited by a sample´s viscosity or by particle contamination that can harm the measuring cell. Cell rinsing is not required. The cell can be cleaned with a simple tissue, and no chemicals are needed to perform reference measurements.
The instrument features a unique dial-path setup, which allows easy switching between sample cells. Three different path lengths are pre-installed: A 50-micron sample cell for quick screening, a 100-micron cell for ASTM and EN compliant measurements, and a 1000-micron cell that allows the detection of very-low levels of additives or contaminants in oil. This setup guarantees that the instrument conforms to and exceeds precision requirements specified in various ASTM, EN or IP methods.
The MINISCAN IR LOG adds further value by being able to determine low or high levels of water in oil, offering a perfect alternative to Karl Fischer (KF) titration. The FTIR analyzer reduces measurement time to minutes. No hazardous chemicals are required for testing, and the results are as analytically accurate or better than KF titration. Measurements are very easy to carry out and do not require special training.
Versatility, ease of use and the possibility to measure oil and grease directly on-site and in real time make the MINISCAN IR LOG a perfect solution for monitoring lubrication of engines, generators or turbines, as well as determining the degradation of hydraulic and transformer oils. Click here for additional information.
Grabner Instruments Introduces Trend-Setting New Instrument for Vapor Pressure Testing
March 1, 2016 — AMETEK Petrolab Company, a worldwide leader in automatic petroleum testers, announces the launch of a new, highly versatile and portable vapor pressure tester designed by Grabner Instruments®-- the MINIVAP VP Vision. The new analyzer features significant improvements in terms of measurement range that allows one instrument to measure gasoline, jet fuel, crude oil, LPG and solvents (without needing to attach a pressure regulator).
The analyzer is certified to work in cold as well as hot and damp climates and has a demonstrated ability to withstand vibrations and heavy shocks coming from any direction. It is the ideal tester for mobile laboratories, military applications and harsh, demanding environments.
The MINIVAP VP Vision is the first vapor pressure tester that demonstrates excellence in engineering and quality and offers an extended pressure range of 0 to 2000 kPa without compromising precision. Long-term testing has demonstrated an unmatched repeatability of less than 0.2 kPa. Grabner’s newly developed 2D-Correction™ (273 points) and exact piston positioning guarantee that accurate and precise results are received over the full measuring range. In addition, the MINIVAP VP Vision features Grabner´s Sampling Pro™ valve design, which during ruggedness tests proved to be the best-in-class, piston-based design for minimizing cross contamination between various sample types.
The MINIVAP VP Vision uniquely combines ease of use with flexibility. A modern, app-like user interface makes it easy to select, start and follow measurements directly on an industry-proven 10” touch screen. In addition, Grabner’s Cockpit™ PC software offers lab managers the utmost in flexibility. The software allows users to consolidate measurement results and statistics from multiple locations at one central lab and to store measurement data at any chosen location via direct Ethernet and LIMS-connection. The software can be accessed through a secure VPN tunnel, allowing true mobile access to instruments from any place at any time. Click here for additional information.