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Learn the Fast and Efficient Way to Detect Contaminant Particles – Webinar

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by Microtrac

Learn the Fast and Efficient Way to Detect Contaminant Particles – Webinar

Worried about non-spherical particles ruining your freshly 3D printed part?

contaminant particle

Looking for a fast and efficient method for ensuring consistent sphericity?

Interested in improving measurement capability?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, then you need to join us on Tuesday, May 24th at 11am EST for a free webinar that explains the fastest, most efficient way to detect contaminant particles.

Register at the link below.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/745208673994617347

This webinar will focus on 3D Printing and Metal Powder applications, but if you are concerned with characterizing non-spherical particles then you will benefit from attending as well! The following topics will be addressed:

  • Introduction to 3D Printing and how Metal Powder is used
  • Speed – measuring >100,000 particles in minutes
  • Identifying fines and broken particles with Laser Diffraction
  • Detecting contaminant particles via morphology analysis
  • Benefits to measuring particle circularity, aspect ratio, sphericity, and additional parameters.
  • Deeper data dives with advanced filtering functions

Ample time will be available for Q&A after the webinar with technical experts.

View particles - Seeing is believing!

View particles – Seeing is believing!

By attending the webinar, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of how integrated size and shape analysis can drastically improve your ability to control your process or make breakthrough R&D discoveries.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Can’t wait until Tuesday to learn more about our integrated size and shape analyzer? Click here to speak with a technical specialist.

Material Enthusiast Invades Music City For TMS 2016

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Microtrac

Material Enthusiast Invades Music City For TMS 2016

Every year, the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society “puts the band back together,” for a week filled of catching up with former colleagues and networking with new contacts. Instead of drums and guitars, the preferred instruments of this group include particle analyzers and other lab equipment.

Microtrac, the global pioneer of particle characterization solutions, loves attending this conference. The event gives us the opportunity to reconnect with existing customers, learn about new applications, and introduce our technology to a fresh group of material science professionals.

The 2016 version is being held at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville from February 14-18. Located at booth 128, Microtrac will be showcasing the following particle characterization instruments.

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Nanoparticle sizing and zeta potentialMeet the Nanotrac Wave II, ideal for measuring suspended particles and colloids that range from 0.8 to 6500 nanometers. Whether your material is ppb or near finished product, the Wave II delivers sensitive and accurate particle size and zeta potential analysis capability. Stop by the booth to learn about our DLS enhancement, which provides the ability to precisely measure multimodal distributions.

Submicron to several millimetersMeet the S3500, perfect for measuring the size of wet or dry materials ranging from 20 nm to 2800 microns. The S3500 Laser Diffraction analyzer delivers accurate and repeatable measurements compliments of an advanced tri-laser design and proprietary algorithms. If you are looking to visually validate agglomerated particles, ask about our dynamic image analysis device, which can be integrated directly into the flow loop.

Size and Shape in 3DMeet the PartAn3D, a dynamic image analyzer that measures particles from 15 microns to 35 millimeters in all three dimensions. A 3D measurement provides the user with comprehensive size and morphology data, enabling a deeper understanding of how shape can impact the overall quality of a product. The PartAn3D can also be integrated directly into a process loop for real-time monitoring. Are your materials larger than 35 mm? Ask about the Partan3D’s big brother.

Can’t make it to Nashville? No problem, we have Microtrac technical specialists around the world ready to discuss your material characterization needs. Click to speak to us today.

WEBINAR SHOWCASES FASTER AND MORE ACCURATE PROPPANT MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUE

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Microtrac

WEBINAR SHOWCASES FASTER AND MORE ACCURATE PROPPANT MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUE

Proppants, a key material used in “fracking” to keep shale fissures from collapsing, as well as, facilitating gas flow to the surface must have a uniform appearance to ensure optimal drilling efficiency. Whether the proppants are sand, ceramic, or resin coated, they must have a narrow size distribution, spherical shape, and smooth convex surface. Any deviation from these ideal properties will decrease their strength, reduce packing density, and lower conductivity, which will have an adverse effect on the output of the drilling operation.

Current methods for measuring these properties include sieve analysis and visual inspections. Although widely accepted, these methods are prone to operator errors and data inconsistencies. Sieves also only measure a small amount of material over a long period of time, resulting in lengthy delays before poor quality materials are identified.

By detecting poor quality materials faster and more accurately, both proppant manufacturers and their customers can experience significant financial benefits, as well as improved productivity.

Microtrac, the global pioneer of particle characterization solutions will be presenting a free technical webinar on Thursday, November 5 at 11am EST that demonstrates how to ensure optimal material properties of proppants by using 3D Dynamic Image Analysis.

This webinar will demonstrate how to accurately measure sphericity and roundness of multiple size fractions in one analysis, providing a significant time savings compared to conventional methods. By automating your analysis, users can enable immediate corrective action when product deviations occur, ensuring tight size distributions for optimal product quality over a larger sample set. A throughout explanation will be given on how 3D Image Analysis will improve data consistency by eliminating operator error and visual estimations. Most importantly, the presentation will discuss how to increase your bottom line by reducing wasted material and write-offs.

For parties who are interest in attending the webinar, please click the link below. Ample time will be available after the presentation for Q&A with technical experts from Microtrac.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/882240802941867778

To learn more about the benefits of 3D Dynamic Image Analysis, click the link below to download the brochure.

Image Analysis Product Family Brochure

Wet or dry, nano or coarse, we have a particle measurement solution for your Pharmaceutical API – AAPS 2015

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by Microtrac

Wet or dry, nano or coarse, we have a particle measurement solution for your Pharmaceutical API – AAPS 2015

Are you working in the cutting edge world of nano-particle drug delivery systems? How about manufacturing aerosolized medicine that is used in metered-dose inhalers?

Chances are if you answered, yes, you will most likely be in Orlando, Florida this week for the 2015 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting and Exposition. Commonly referred to as AAPS, this event brings together the best and brightest minds from the Pharmaceutical community to learn about the latest innovations.

For the last four decades, material science professionals have relied on Microtrac’s particle characterization instrumentation to satisfy their analysis needs. One group in particular, the pharmaceutical industry, with a diverse range of products, needs analyzers that deliver fast measurements, precision, and repeatability across a wide material range.

Trends are constantly evolving in the pharmaceutical industry, including new materials. However, one thing remains consistent, Microtrac’s ability to deliver superior analysis capability for materials that range from sub nanometer to several inches.

Located at booth 1480, Microtrac will be showcasing the following particle analyzers at AAPS:

Nano particles – New – Nanotrac Wave II. Ideal for measuring size, zeta potential, and molecular weight of particles ranging from 0.8 to 6500 nanometers, the Wave II delivers superior precision and sensitivity across a wide concentration range. What sets the Wave II apart from other DLS analyzers is the proprietary design elements that create an amplified optical signal. The signal increase is able to clearly detect particles that have low scattering efficiencies and differentiate multi-modal distributions of small and larger particles. We believe in giving customers a choice when it comes to sample introduction. Ask about our variety of sample cell options.

Micron particles – Bluewave – Have a mixture of particles that include nano and micron sized? The Bluewave combines the best of both worlds, blue lasers for sensitivity measuring nano particles and red lasers for accuracy on the larger end. Able to measure particles from 10 nanometers to 2800 microns, the Bluewave also has seamless wet to dry conversion capability. Looking to understand the morphology of your material? Ask how you can visually validate your particles with our integrated Dynamic Image Analyzer.

Coarse particles – Length, width, and thickness. All three dimensions measured in one fast analysis by the PartAn3D. By measuring in 3D, users can understand how morphology affects the quality of their product, monitor deviations, and take immediate corrective action to fix any issues. This proactive approach improves efficiency, reduces wasted materials, and creates higher quality, on spec products. Able to measure from 15 microns to several inches, the PartAn3D is ideal for any free flowing granular material. Ask about our online image analysis capability for real-time measurements.

Can’t make it to Orlando, but want to learn more about our particle characterization solutions? Check out our growing library of on-demand archived webinars by clicking here.

See you in Orlando!

Improving Cosmetics, One Particle At A Time – Society Of Cosmetic Chemists California Suppliers’ Day

Posted on: October 12th, 2015 by Microtrac

Improving Cosmetics, One Particle At A Time – Society Of Cosmetic Chemists California Suppliers’ Day

A lot of chemistry goes into the development and production of your favorite cosmetic. A small, yet vital measurement during the process is particle size.

Having a tight particle size distribution is important to ensure the product can be applied evenly, hold up long enough to make it through your event without needing to “touch up,” wash off at the end of the night, and radiate the perfect hue.

Since 1974, Microtrac has been supplying particle characterization solutions to the global material science community. To continually increase our reach, we are always searching for events to showcase our instrumentation.

We are proud to be participating in the 2015 edition of the California Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day. This two-day event is being held in Long Beach, CA from October 14-15 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The biennial meeting will bring together cosmetic and toiletry chemists from the West Coast to learn about the latest innovations in technology and raw materials.

Located at booth 168, Microtrac will be showcasing the following solutions.

For nanoparticle size analysis – The Nanotrac Wave II, which measures size and zeta potential of particles ranging from sub nanometer to 6.5 microns. Delivering superior accuracy and sensitivity compliments of our proprietary probe technology; the Wave II is ideal for single or multi-mode size distributions. What sets Microtrac’s DLS apart from the rest is our sample introduction options. Rather than force you into one sample cell, we give you options that meet your specific application needs. Our DLS systems feature a removable sample cell, disposable cuvette, or external probe for in-situ analysis.

Mixture of nano and micron sized particles – Looking for a flexible instrument that covers a size range from sub-micron to several millimeter particles? The Microtrac S3500 offers fast, precise, and repeatable size measurements via laser diffraction from 20 nanometers to 2800 microns. Featuring a tri-laser design, reverse fourier optical system, and advanced algorithms the S3500 provides users with superior analysis capability for wet or dry materials. Users can streamline their measurements by integrating wet or dry sample delivery devices, which ensure consistent results.

Coarse materials – Want to measure larger materials before their size is reduced? Ask about our patented 3D measurement for materials larger than 15 microns. We offer a solution that measures length, width, and thickness in one fast analysis, which enables users to quickly identify product deviations and take immediate corrective action.

Can’t make it to Long Beach because your boss won’t approve your travel request? No problem! You can learn about our particle characterization solutions without leaving your office. Sign up for the following webinars:

10/22 11am EST – “Accurate Particle Sizing Of Fragile And Difficult To Disperse Dry Powders”

Register here

11/5 11am EST – “Ensure Optimal Material Properties With 3D Dynamic Image Analysis”

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Speak with a Microtrac Technical Specialist.

Dry powder size and shape analyzer tour continues… This week PTX Texas

Posted on: October 12th, 2015 by Microtrac

Dry Powder Size And Shape Analyzer Tour Continues… This Week PTX Texas

We had a lot of fun last week at The Powder Show in Atlanta, GA. We would like to give a Texas sized thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We appreciate your time and look forward to working with you soon.

This week, we will continue with the dry theme, by showcasing our size and shape analyzers at the Powder and Bulk Solids Texas exposition. PTX Texas runs from October 13th to the 14th, and will be held at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas.

PTX Texas is a biennial event, designed especially for the dry processing and bulk handling community. Located at booth 251, we will be featuring the following solutions:

S3500 – Measures dry powders from 20 nanometers to 2800 microns via laser diffraction. What sets this instrument apart is the ability to deliver superior accuracy, repeatability, and precision thanks to advanced design elements and proprietary algorithms. Users can automate their particle size measurements by integrating the Turbotrac; our dry powder feeder that eliminates biased results and ensures a homogenous sample is delivered to the analyzer without being compromised. The Turbotrac utilizes compressed air and a vacuum system to transport the sample. Pressure and flow settings can be adjusted based on the properties of your powder.

PartAn3D – Ideal for larger, free flowing granular material, the PartAn3D measures length, width, and thickness of each particle from 15 microns to 35 millimeters via Dynamic Image Analysis. Having all three dimensions characterized, allows users to create quality profiles of their material, and take immediate corrective action when deviations occurs. This proactive approach allows users to increase production capacity, reduce wasted material, improve yields, and ship higher quality products. The PartAn3D measures over 30 morphological parameters in a user-friendly format and also can be integrated into a process loop for real-time characterization.

Can’t get approval to travel to Houston, but want to learn more? No problem! You can learn about our dry powder characterization solutions without leaving your office. Sign up for the following webinars:

10/22 11am EST – “Accurate Particle Sizing Of Fragile And Difficult To Disperse Dry Powders”

Register here

11/5 11am EST – “Ensure Optimal Material Properties With 3D Dynamic Image Analysis”

Register here

Speak with a Microtrac Technical Specialist.

Accurate analyzers for dry powders from sub micron to several inches

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by Microtrac

Accurate analyzers for dry powders from sub micron to several inches.

We love difficult to disperse powder samples.

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Fragile pharmaceutical API? Absolutely, the more fragile the better. Sticky chocolate powder? Sure, lets measure it by the truck load.

While most particle analyzers struggle to produce accurate dry powder measurements, we at Microtrac welcome them with open arms (we feel the same way about wet materials, but this is a dry powder post).

What allows us to excel with this type of measurement, starts with understanding our customers. During our forty year history, we have worked intimately with our users to learn their biggest challenges and develop solutions that help achieve their material characterization goals.

Here’s what sets our dry powder measurement apart from the rest:

Tri-laser – three, fixed laser diodes covering 163 degrees illuminates the particles while two detectors collect the scattered light. This proprietary alignment makes no assumptions about the material you are measuring, delivering a full size distribution without any comprises. Depending on your size range, take full advantage of blue or red lasers. Because of the short wave length, blue lasers provide precision and sensitivity for measuring sub micron particles. Red lasers are traditionally used for materials larger than one micron.

Reverse Fourier – Ensures that angle of incident is constant when transferring scattered light to the detectors. This unique lens allows our algorithms to produce accurate data without compensating for any discrepancies.

Modified Mie – 95% percent of all particles are non-spherical. Why use an algorithm that’s based off of spherical modeling? That’s exactly what we said, so we developed our patented Modified Mie algorithm. Modified Mie delivers superior accuracy for measuring non-spherical particles. If you are part of the 5% that needs to measure spherical particles, we have you covered too. One click enables you to switch between modes based on your material.

Turbotrac – Eliminating biased results (fines or coarse) and milling of samples, the Turbotrac ensures your material is delivered to the bench unharmed. Utilizing compressed air and a vacuum, this innovative accessory improves efficiency by taking all the guesswork out of sample delivery. Speed and pressure settings can be adjusted based on the material being analyzed.

Not to mention our laser diffraction analyzers are rugged enough to handle environments like oil rigs and underground mines.

What about measuring larger, granular materials?

We also offer patented 3D Dynamic Image Analysis, which measures the length, width, and thickness of your material in one analysis. By using high-speed, high-resolution cameras, the PartAn3D tracks each particle from multiple orientations, allowing our software to provide comprehensive size and morphology data. By measuring both size and morphology, users can create quality profiles of their material, monitor deviations, and take immediate corrective action when deviations occur. The PartAn3D is ideal for measuring granular material above 15 microns. The PartAn3D can also be integrated directly into a process loop for real-time analysis.

We are proud to be demonstrating our innovative dry powder measurement solutions this week at the 2015 Powder Show, located at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The PBE conference is the premiere event for all things powder and bulk solids. Stop by booth 228 if you are attending the show.

Can’t make it to Atlanta and want to learn more about our solutions? Register for our upcoming webinars.

10/22 11am EST – “Accurate Particle Sizing Of Fragile And Difficult To Disperse Dry Powders”

Register here

11/5 11am EST – “Ensure Optimal Material Properties With 3D Dynamic Image Analysis”

Register here

Speak with a Microtrac technical Specialist.

Join us… Announcing Fall 2015 Webinar Schedule

Posted on: September 29th, 2015 by Microtrac

Join us… Announcing Fall 2015 Webinar Schedule

Fall is officially underway in the Northern hemisphere…. Leaves are changing, pumpkin spice everything, and football season producing its fair share of drama.

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Regardless if fall is your favorite season or not… we wanted to give you something to look forward to… our webinar schedule.

These presentations use an application focus to demonstrate how our technology can improve your current particle analysis capability.  Ample time for Q&A will be available after the presentation with Microtrac technical specialists. And the best part is, you don’t even have to leave your office!

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10/1/15 – 11am EST

“An Easy Way To Use Light Obscuration For Monitoring Dust Levels”

Dustmon

Ever have a customer ask you if your product is dustier than normal? Your customers are the lifeblood to your organization. You can’t exactly tell them they are wrong…

Presented by Dr. Phil Plantz, this webinar will demonstrate how you can use light obscuration to define acceptable dust levels, monitor deviations, and provide “hard” data to customers to validate the quality of your product.

Register here 

Learn more about the Dustmon

10/22/15 – 11am EST

“Accurate Particle Sizing Of Fragile And Difficult To Disperse Dry Powders”

Having a hard time dispersing sticky materials like chocolate?

Afraid your fragile material could be damaged during dispersion to the laser diffraction analyzer?

Or are you simply looking to optimize your dry powder particle sizing capability?

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Presented by Dr. Phil Plantz, this webinar will explain how we achieve optimal results. The following topics will be covered:

  • Sample prep
  • Using the Turbotrac, which utilizes compressed air and a vacuum system to disperse homogenous sample.
  • Eliminating biased measurement results by transporting particles (large or small) at the same speed to the bench.
  • Prevention of milling samples
  • Adjustable pressure and flow settings

Register here

Learn more about our diffraction systems.

11/5/15 – 11am EST

“Ensure Optimal Material Properties With 3D Dynamic Image Analysis”

Do the following properties describe your product?

  • Narrow size distribution?
  • Perfectly spherical?
  • Round, smooth, and convex surface?
  • Larger than 15 microns?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have to join us! This webinar will explain how you can use 3D Dynamic Image Analysis for fast and accurate measurements of all four properties in one analysis.

Register here

Learn more about the PartAn3D the only analyzer on the market that can measure length, width, and thickness in one analysis.

In case you missed the webinar on 9/24!

We took a different focus… Since 2013, we have been the proud distributor of BEL surface area instruments. BEL offers a custom XRD and Adsorption system that allows you to simultaneously measure isotherms while observing structure changes. This technology can lead to breakthrough discoveries in the fields of energy storage and capture.

Can’t wait for the webinars to discuss your particle analysis needs?  Click here to speak with a Microtrac technical specialist. 

Dependence on Aggregates as Building Blocks of Our Infrastructure

Posted on: September 4th, 2015 by Microtrac

Dependence on Aggregates as Building Blocks of Our Infrastructure.

Highways, bridges, airport runways, dams, and railway beds are all integral components of a country’s infrastructure. Their quality and long term endurance are dependent on the quality and strength of the crushed stone aggregates and natural and manufactured sand that get combined in the particle blends used to produce cement and asphalt concretes for their construction. Coarse Aggregate is crushed stone, usually granite, limestone, gravel and slag, between 90 and 4.75 millimeters in sieve sizes. Fine Aggregate is natural, manufactured, or combination sand, between 9.5 millimeters and 75 microns in sieve sizes.

End users of these construction materials are generally regulatory agencies like departments of transportation, airport and railway authorities. These groups issue specifications to their suppliers based very closely on the various standard tests which have been written for large regions globally, many ASTM and AASHTO standards for the US, British standards for Europe, Indian standards for India, etc.

These test standards vary from one to another, but are very similar. They include various types of tests, but one of the major groups of tests are for measuring the geometric (or morphological) parameters of the particles in the aggregate blends. These various geometric parameters correlate to physical properties of the end construction, like load-bearing strength, degree of internal frictional strength, wear rate,  and bonding/binding strength with the cement or asphalt matrix. Until just recently, the only ways to make these measurements were manually, by screening samples of aggregate products into different size classes to calculate their size distributions, and then running

a myriad of manual tests on samples of the different size fractions using: hand-held gauges to measure various sizes of individual particles like length, width and thickness, a series of rod screens; measuring water-filled void spaces in large containers; abrading samples and measuring the % of the abraded fines; and more. These are very manpower intensive and can take up to days to complete, which leads some suppliers to make them only once a week on a collected sample. There is now, however, an automated 3-Dimensional Dynamic Image Analyzer which can make all these measurements on a large representative sample of particles in one sample run. Achieving all these results in under an hour, without operator subjectivity, rather than up to a day, and with concern about operator error, is a huge savings in time and expense. And this much time savings contributes greatly to improved productivity, fewer unscheduled plant shut-downs and less time to reach process equilibrium upon start-up.

Meanwhile, additional research is underway to make other either improved or additional measurements, like particle surface area, particle surface roughness or texture, angularity, and three-dimensional volumes. All these parameters too can be measured on the 3-D image analyzer.

Particle Length, Width and Thickness (all three major axis size dimensions) need to be measured to then calculate some of the important geometric parameters for aggregate as ASTM requires, the 3 Flat, Elongated, and Flat & Elongated particles parameters. The 3-D mode is also required for measuring the British Standard’s Flakiness Index results. Results of both these standard tests give numbers which correlate with the load-bearing strength of the final road bed. The 3-D mode is patented by, and available only in Microtrac’s line of PartAn3D Dynamic Image Analysis Instruments; in both on-line process and in lab bench top Models for R&D and QC labs. Microtrac has more than 40 on-line PartAn line instruments installed and operating globally, and many more lab models.

To read more technical detailed descriptions on this subject check our Application Note by clicking here

Or you can watch our on-demand webinar that details our proprietary analysis.

Interested in seeing if the PartAn is right for your?  Request a complimentary sample analysis by clicking here.

Making food better, one particle at a time. IFT 2015

Posted on: July 12th, 2015 by Microtrac

 

Making food better, one particle at a time.  IFT 2015

Your morning cup of coffee.

The ranch dressing on your buffalo chicken salad.

A piece of savory chocolate after a long day of work.

If it was a really rough day…. Your pint of beer.

You might not realize it, but Microtrac’s play a significant role in ensuring the food products we consume on a daily basis meet specified flavor profiles.

Translation – we measure particles, to help guarantee that your food will taste great!

Since 1974, manufacturers of dry powders, wet suspensions, and emulsions have relied on Microtrac to help develop, measure, and improve their products.

A lot of science and engineering goes into the production of the food we enjoy.  Although we play a small role in a much larger picture, certifying that the material stays within a defined particle size distribution is a vital part of the process.

Microtrac is proud to be participating in the 2015 version of the International Food Technology meeting and expo, commonly referred to as IFT.  The conference takes place from 7/11 to 7/15.  Held at McCormick Place, in Chicago, Illinois, IFT brings together food science professionals from around the world to discuss the latest and greatest developments in the industry.

Located at booth 1710, Microtrac will be displaying the following particle characterization solutions:

Bluewave – Ideal for multi-mode distributions that consist of nanoparticles and micron sized particles, the Bluewave is the first laser diffraction particle size analyzer to use blue laser diodes for measuring dry powders and wet suspensions.  Taking full advantage of the blue lasers shorter wavelength, the Bluewave provides users with superior resolution on both the low end and high end of the distribution.  Measuring from 10 nanometers to 2800 microns, the Bluewave can also be integrated with a dynamic image analyzer to visually validate agglomeration.

PartAn3d Patented 3D technology provides users with comprehensive size and morphology information. By utilizing high speed, high-resolution cameras, the PartAn captures multiple pictures of a single particles orientation, enabling accurate length, width, and thickness measurement.  Our 3D analysis allows users to gain a deeper understanding of how morphology affects material quality, providing organizations with information that enables them to be proactive rather than reactive.  The PartAn can measure particles ranging in size from 4 microns to several inches.

Working with nanoparticles?  Don’t forget to ask about our DLS systems.  Our DLS systems can measure from ppm to near finished product with the highest sensitivity and repeatability on the market.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Contact a Microtrac technical specialist today!


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