32 Spotlight on Gulf Coast Conference New HDXRF Analyser for Testing Critical Elements at Refineries and

Independent Laboratories XOS has recently announced the worldwide launch of Petra MAX™, a new ASTM D4294 analyser with combined analysis of 13 elements from P to Zn. Petra MAX delivers high-precision sulphur analysis as well as rapid monitoring of critical elements like Ca, Fe, K, Ni, and V at sub-ppm levels. It is the ideal solution for refineries and independent laboratories.

Kyle Kuwitzky, Product Manager for XOS, believes this will be a game-changer for refineries and independent labs. “Existing D4294 instruments do not offer simultaneous measurement of sulphur and trace analysis of other critical elements. Petra MAX delivers repeatable sub-ppm measurements of metals like nickel, vanadium, and iron combined with sulfur measurements as low as 5.7ppm.”

Test methods for measuring sulphur content, like ASTM D4294 and ISO 8754, have become critical for assessing the value of crude oil. The blending of crude oils from different sources has become more commonplace within the industry to meet specifications for the classification of sweet crude oil. The introduction of new crudes brings new challenges, like higher concentrations of metals known to rapidly deactivate process catalysts in the catalytic cracker and hydrotreaters, and cause pump and exchanger fouling, and off-specification coke.

Petra MAX is powered by HDXRF, utilising XOS’ patented doubly curved crystal optics coupled with a high-performance silicon drift detector and an intense monochromatic excitation beam. This industry- leading technology reduces background noise and increases signal-to-noise output, enabling low detection limits and high precision without the need for consumable helium gas, a vacuum pump, or extensive sample preparation.

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New Automatic PMCC Flash Point Analyzer for ASTM D93

New EDXRF Sulfur Analyzer for ASTM D4294

Peak Scientific, the global leader in gas generation for analytical laboratories, has unveiled its latest dedicated gas solution for use with LC-MS systems. The company’s new Genius 1024 nitrogen and dry air generator has been designed exclusively to meet the needs of SCIEX LC-MS systems and has been approved by SCIEX for use on all their RUO LC-MS systems.

This is not the first time Peak has developed a SCIEX-specific solution, with the Genius 1024 effectively replacing the company’s successful Genius ABN2ZA nitrogen generator, which was also developed specifically for SCIEX. Compared with its predecessor, the new Genius 1024 has a significantly increased flow rate, meaning it can meet the demands of SCIEX’s newer and more advanced LC-MS systems, including the X500 Series QTOF systems.

The Genius 1024 is built around the trusted and proven technology of Peak Scientific’s Genius series of generators. Designed mainly for LC- MS applications, these are self-contained systems featuring integrated compressors, delivering laboratory-grade nitrogen at various pressures and flow rates required by numerous instruments.

Michelle Goldie, Product Manager at Peak Scientific, said of the new launch:

“We are delighted to present SCIEX customers with a compact, under-bench solution which has been specifically designed to support the complete range of SCIEX mass spectrometers (RUO only). The Genius 1024 is a highly economical laboratory gas source with low lifetime running costs which has been approved by SCIEX, and we are very excited to now offer it to the market.”

Annabelle Carter-Finch, Senior Product Manager at SCIEX, commented:

“SCIEX is pleased to offer our customers the latest technology from Peak Scientific. The Genius 1024 generator meets the needs of our customers in terms of both performance and cost of ownership, as well as being mindful of space limitations of many laboratories”

As with all PEAK SCIENTIFIC products, the Genius 1024 is engineered, assembled and performance tested at the company’s ISO 9001 compliant manufacturing center of excellence in the UK, and is backed with Peak’s market leading global on-site technical support and unconditional warranty.

Rapid and Versatile Portable Fuel Property Analyser Launched

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Koehler have recently launched their new K24900 Portable Fuel Property Analyser,. The Portable Fuel Property Analyser (PFPA) provides fast fuel analysis anywhere it is required: whether at a plant, a port, or in the field. Results are achieved in seconds using only a 2 mL fuel sample. The PFPA combines Near Infrared Spectroscopy with Advanced Multivariate Analysis to determine key fuel properties that influence engine performance.

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The Koehler PFPA’s property determinations were developed and validated according to ASTM E1655 “Standard Practice for Infrared Multivariate Quantitative Analysis” using the property values of a wide matrix of in excess of 800 fuels from around the world determined by traditional ASTM methods.

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PFPA can determine density, API gravity and distillation fractions for diesel, petroleum and jet fuel. Additionally it can determine cetane index, viscosity, flash point, cloud point, aromatics and saturates in diesel, freeze point, flash point, flash point fuel system icing inhibitor and hydrogen level in jet fuel and ethanol/MTBE, BTEX, Reid Vapour Pressure and octane (RON, MON AKI) in petroleum/gasoline.

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