Analytical

Overview

The Skalar BluVision™ discrete analyzer is developed for the automation of colorimetric applications. The analyzer is based on Skalar’s well-proven XYZ robotic platform. The BluVisionTM was designed to handle a variety of sample types and matrices found in today’s diverse laboratories. The central focus for the BluVision™ discrete analyzer’s design was to incorporate Skalar’s expertise in automated wet-chemistry analysis and transfer it to an easy-to-use, low maintenance, user friendly instrument with unsurpassed detection limits.

Samples

The BluVision™ system contains 200 sample positions, 4 racks of 50 samples each, one rack of 50 positions for QC’s and standards. The user also has a free choice of assigning QC/standard positions for samples and vice versa, which illustrates the flexible concept of the BluVision™ discrete analyzer. The high sample number and extensive parameter list allows the unit to run easily overnight without operator assistance. Furthermore the BluVision™ has 10 dedicated sample positions for priority samples, allowing these to be added whilst an analysis run is in progress.

Sample loading

The BluVision™ is created for ease-of-use. Loading of samples, QC, standards and reagents is done from the front of the analyzer via sliding drawers to eliminate errors, spills and makes the instrument easily accessible for the operator. Also placing of priority samples can be done from the front while an analysis run is in progress.

Reagents

A total number of 36 reagent positions are available to cover the reagents required for 14 different analytical parameters to be analyzed on the same batch of samples. This high number of parameters and sample capacity make the BluVision™ the ideal tool for running large series of samples for a few parameters or a wide range of parameters on a few samples. This design illustrates the flexibility of the BluVision™ for application in a variety of laboratory settings and provides true “walk-away” automation.

Detection

The key element of the BluVision™ discrete analyzer is Skalar’s own uniquely designed photometric detection system which handles thirty-eight 20-positions disposable cuvette racks. Each cuvette has a 1.5 cm optical path-length which allows accurate low ppb level detection. The use of disposable cuvettes was incorporated to eliminate any carry-over between samples and reduced operator intervention.

The photometric detection system contains 14 LED light sources with different wavelengths allowing 14 different colorimetric applications to be analyzed on each individual sample. The use of a detection system based on LED light sources avoids the use of problematic mechanical filter wheels, thus keeping maintenance to a minimum. Due to the high capacity of 760 sample cuvette positions, large sample volumes can be analyzed by simply adding sample racks. Samples and reagents are pipetted into each measuring cell. Next, depending on the parameter, the samples can selectively be heated to optimize the reaction time. The analyzer has two heating areas of 80 cuvette positions each. After the colorimetric reaction has reached equilibrium, the cuvette is aligned in the photometric detection system and the absorbance is measured at the parameter’s specific wavelength. For turbid and/or colored samples a background correction can be applied.

Software

The DiscreteAccessTM software complies with all current laboratory requirements. An easy-to-use user interface allows the operator to start up the analyzer within seconds. Each analysis run can be set-up batch-wise or random access. For each sample, the user types in the sample ID’s or uploads them from LIMS, then selects the desired analytical parameters to be analyzed and starts the analyzer.

The analyzer automatically pre-dilutes samples or if a sample goes over-range during analysis, the sample is automatically re-run in a different analytical range or re-run after automatic post-dilution.

Extensive QC protocols are available such as CLP and 21 CFR part 11, which includes password protection, data integrity, data safety and audit trails. Final results can be printed using a user-definable report format or exported to LIMS for further data handling.

The BluVision™ is a new technologically advance generation of discrete analyzers for automating wet-chemistry parameters. This truly walk-away analyzer provides ease of use, fast sample handling and low detection limits for all parameters.

Typical applications

During the last three decades, Skalar has become the world leader in automating wet-chemistry applications. Our application library contains over 400 well-proven automated wet-chemistry methods. Our applications conform to regulatory bodies such as ISO, EPA, Standard Methods or ASTM to name a few.

The BluVision™ discrete analyzer is designed to perform basic colorimetric analysis for the environmental field.

Typical application areas for the BluVision™ are:

Drinking water

Waste water

Ground water

Surface water

PARAMETER RANGE MDL(mg/l) EPA/SMWW/ISO/ASTM
Alkalinity 10-200 mg CaCO3/l 2 X
Aluminum 0.05-0.40 mg Al/l 0.005 X
Ammonia 0.01-2.0 mg N/l 0.001 X
Ammonia; Total N 0.05-20 mg N/l 0.001 X
Calcium 0.5-25 mg CaCO3/l 0.2
Chloride 1-250 mg Cl/l 1 X
Chromium VI 0.005-2.0 mg Cr 6+/l 0.001 X
Cyanide 0.005-0.2 mg CN/l 0.001 X
Hardness Total 1-400 mg CaCO3/l 1 X
Iron 2+ 0.005-1.0 mg Fe/l 0.005 X
Magnesium 0.1-20 mg Mg/l 0.02
Nitrate+Nitrite 0.01-10 mg N/l 0.001 X
Nitrite 0.01-1.0 mg N/l 0.001 X
Phosphate 0.001-10 mg P/l 0.001 X
Phosphate; Total P 0.01-20 mg P/l 0.001 X
Silicate 0.01-10 mg Si/l 0.001 X
Sulfate 1-200 mg SO4/l 0.5 X

 

Overview

The San++ Automated Wet Chemistry Analyzer also known as Continuous Flow Analyzer has been designed as a modular system to meet the needs of laboratories which process a few samples or large volumes of samples. Based on the Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA) or also called Segemented Flow Analysis (SFA) technique, up to 16 analytical measurements can be made on a single sample simultaneously. With the addition of rinsing valves and software the San++ system can automate; start-up, shut-down, dilutions, re-runs, clean-up, and raw data storage.

Skalar, the world leader in wet chemistry technology, offers over 300 proven applications utilizing various combinations of automatic dilutions, additions, mixing, heating, dialysis, extractions, distillation, digestion, phase-separation, hydrolysis, ion-exchange/reduction and more. Skalar has developed a proven systematic approach to provide a quality system starting with complete applications engineered on customer samples to provide the best possible configuration to the customer needs and requirements, training and installation by qualified specialists and complete application and service support.

Samplers

The Skalar range of San++ samplers offers for each routine laboratory and application the perfect match saving operators time and errors. With the unique automatic standard preparation and over range dilution facility, high workloads are fully automatically analyzed outside working hours, without any operator supervision.

Skalar Samplers offer the highest degree of automation available today with:

  • Real Automatic pre- and post dilution runs
  • Full automatic standard preparation
  • Random access
  • Automatic multiple range operation
  • Built in rinse pump
  • Customized sample containers and racks
  • Automatic barcode reader
  • Multiple sample probes
  • Extended operation outside working hours with automatic start up and shut down
  • Full analyzer control
 1100/1150 Sampler
The SA1100 and SA1150 samplers accommodate up to 2 x 50 sample positions, with built in rinse pump. Optionally, 10 dedicated standard positions are available for working standards. Furthermore, they can be equipped with a second needle for dual needle sample pick-up and extended sample positions (up to 100 positions). The samplers are random access and computer controlled, the SA 1150 sampler is extended with a soft keypad to run in or computer or manual control mode.
1050 Sampler
Computer controlled RØZ sampler, series 1050, for up to 140 samples with separated standard and QC sample positions, built in rinse pump, optional automatic diluter station for automatic pre- and post run dilutions, and automatic standard preparation, with optional dual sample pick up (SA 1053) and optional stirrer.
1074 Sampler
Computer controlled XYZ sampler series 1074, for 300 samples, with separate positions for standards and QC samples, with container volumes of 35 mL. Build in rinsing pump. Optional automatic diluter station for automatic pre- and post run dilutions and automatic standard preparation, Extendable with 2 to 4 needles for simultaneous sample pick up with different matrices, with optional stirrer and automatic bar code reader and customized sampler container racks also available with larger footprint for more then 300 samples.
1075 Sampler
The SA1075 Random Access auto sampler carries standard 576 sample positions, divided over 6 racks of 96 samples each. In addition, there are 26 positions available in a separate tray for working standards, QC samples and drift control samples, with container volumes of 35 ml. Extendable with 2 to 4 needles for simultaneous sample pick up with different matrices. Optional automatic diluter station for automatic pre- and post run dilutions and automatic standard preparation.

DETECTORS

The Skalar San++ range of detectors comprises digital dual channel colorimetric detectors, the unique digital matrix correction detector with automatic background correction for specific sample matrixes, but also covers a range of detectors for I.R., UV, Fluorimetry, ISE, Flame Photometry, pH meter, Density meters, etc. The Skalar range of detectors covers all detectors required for the hundreds of Skalar field tested SFA applications available today.

Special features of the detectors for the San++ Continuous Flow Analyzer (CFA) are:

Compact design and software controllable

Allows the implementation of bubble gating

Easy access and no alignment of robust flow cells

Increased stability, sensitivity and auto-scaling by digital detectors

Automatic matrix and blank correction

Wide linear measuring range

 

 

FG4 FiveGo™ Portable DO Meter

This entry-level meter delivers rapid and reliable results; fits in your hand and also within your budget. It measures dissolved oxygen with a low-maintenence galvanic probe; once connected, the instrument can be utilized for water and environmental analysis and applications in the Food and Beverage industry.

Powerful, time-saving features

  • Storage capacity for up to 30 measurements
  • Three measuring modes: %, ppm and mg/L
  • IP54 protection vs. dust and water
  • Automatic endpoint recognition
  • Corrections for salinity and barometric pressure
  • Five self-explanatory buttons with well-organized display
  • Simultaneously shows readings, temperature, and endpoint criteria
  • Facilitates rapid measurement and calibration

 Specifications

 

Accuracy (DO)

 

±1%, ±1%mg/L, ±1%ppm

Accuracy (Temperature) ±0.3°C
Battery Life >500 hr.
Battery Type AAA
Certifications/Compliance CE, ISO 9001, ISO 14001
Data Points 30
Display Type LCD
IP Rating 54
Inputs BNC, Cinch
Operating Limits Ambient Temperature Range 0° to 40°C
Pressure Range 375 to 825mmHg, 500 to 1100mbar, 500 to 1100 hPa
Pressure Resolution 1mmHg, 1mbar, 1 hPa
Probe Type NTC
Range (DO) 0 to 199.9% and 200 to 400%, 0 to 45mg/L, 0 to 45ppm
Range (Salinity) 0 to 50ppt
Resolution (DO) 0.1%, 0.01mg/L, 0.01ppm
Resolution (Salinity) 0.1ppt
Resolution (Temperature) 0.1°C

 

 

ICP-OES

The SPECTRO GENESIS is the first and only ICP-OES (also referred to as ICP-AES or ICP plasma) spectrometer available with a complete set of factory methods – truly “plug & analyze” without needing to first develop a method. These factory methods cover all common environmental and industrial applications, like Water, Waste Water, Industrial Waste Water, Soil, Sewage Sludge, Filter Dust, Wear Metals in Oil and Additives in Oil.

Compliant to national and international norms, the SPECTRO GENESIS ICP-OES is delivered ready for use straight out of the box with an application package that includes the sample introduction system, sample preparation instructions and method documentation. An extensive package of accessories is available for the SPECTRO GENESIS to further expand its application range.

The SPECTRO GENESIS ICP-OES, also referred to as ICP-AES or an ICP plasma spectrometer, offers a real economic alternative to sequential ICP and Atomic Absorption spectrometers, enabling those who are unfamiliar with ICP to profit from the advantages of leading CCD ICP technology and to use a powerful, low cost and user friendly analytical system.

 

 

SPECTRO ICP- MS

SPECTRO MS is a double-focusing sector field ICP MS (ICP mass spectrometer) based on a Mattauch-Herzog geometry with a newly developed ion optic and pioneering detector technology. It is the only ICP MS instrument available on the market today that is capable of simultaneously measuring the complete mass range used for inorganic mass spectrometry from 6Li to 238U with a permanent ion beam going to the detector

The ICP-MS with maximum flexibility

With the SPECTRO MS ICP MS, storage of the data for the complete mass spectrum enables unprecedented flexibility regarding method development and makes it possible to later determine elements in a sample even when the sample no longer exists.

The ICP-MS with isotope ratio analysis 

SPECTRO MS is the first ICP MS (ICP mass spectrometer) to be able to fully simultaneously determine not only the element contents, but also the isotope ratios in the entire mass range from Li to U. Fully simultaneous measurement can lead to clearly better precision and to the development of new application areas.

The ICP-MS that leads in productivity

A high sample throughput rate is the key to the profitability of every analytical instrument. The SPECTRO MS ICP MS sets new standards for fully simultaneous analysis, simple operation and highest reliability.

The ICP-MS with precision and accuracy

With the tremendous readout of its G3 ion detector, the SPECTRO MS ICP MS instrument achieves excellent detection limits and excellent precision and accuracy.

 

 

BUCHI – Speed Extractor E-916 / E-914

The Speed Extractor E-916 / E-914 is an automated instrument for parallel extraction of primarily organic compounds from a variety of solid or semi-solid matrices. Conventional methodologies (e.g. like Soxhlet extraction) are accelerated by using a solvent at elevated temperatures and pressures. The parallel concept of Speed Extractor allows for simultaneous extraction of six samples in one run. A variety of different extract collection options with great synergy to the MultivaporTM and Syncore® Analyst for parallel evaporation and concentration maximizes productivity and streamlines

Unrivaled throughput

  • 6 times faster than other PSE instruments thanks to parallel extraction concept
  • Extract up to 96 samples in an 8 hour shift
  • Accelerate the extraction process and facilitate final results within one working day
  • Reduce number of replicates due to identical extraction conditions for up to 6 samples

Ease of operation

  • Unique design of extraction cells allows for ease of sample loading and cell assembly
  • High level of automation saves time-consuming preparation and increases safety
  • Quick, fail-safe and reproducible operation due to assembly of only 4 sample cell parts
  • The automated sealing eliminates sources of error and guaranties safety standard

Low running costs

  • Complementary workflow and synergy with parallel evaporation and concentration
  • Collection vessels with appendix make extract transfer obsolete
  • Reduced solvent consumption and minimal need for consumables give lower running costs
  • Save energy and costs with ECO mode for automated heater control