User Course

“I really understand now what laser particle size is about and how Microtrac can help me in my job.” – Microtrac User Course attendee

Microtrac User Course Training
The Microtrac User Course instills confidence and self-assurance in attendees by blending intensive classroom sessions and hands on instruction with Microtrac’s Lab experts to deliver an unrivaled training experience.  This approach has been refined for the past 30 years, and provides the users with the tools necessary for day-to-day Microtrac operation.

User Course learning objectives include:

  • Implement proper representative sampling, sample preparation, and operating techniques.
  • Evaluate particle size data and specification development.
  • Understand and implement correct refractive index.
  • Perform basic instrument maintenance and trouble-shooting.
  • Perform software activities to develop various graphical and tabular presentations.
  • Understand particle size percentiles, mean values and other particle size measurement values.

When you return from the User Course, you will have an in-depth understanding of the following:

  • Dry powder and slurry sampling and preparation
  • Microtrac data interpretation and explanation
  • Laser Diffraction, Dynamic Light Scattering, Zeta Potential, and other characterization concepts and their uses
  • Instrument maintenance
  • Common terminology used in particle science defined in a clear and concise manner
  • FLEX Software features and functions – including security and admin roles

Meet the Microtrac User Course Instructors 

Dr. Phil Plantz

Dr. Phil Plantz, Microtrac's Application Manager Dr. Philip Plantz received his MS and PhD degrees from The Pennsylvania State University after receiving a BS in Chemistry from Drexel University. After completing an NSF NRC postdoctoral position, he joined the biochemistry instrumentation group at Leeds and Northrup where he was involved with analytical enzyme development. For many years he has been associated with the Microtrac laser particle instrument group during which he has lead the development of many practical methods used for laser particle size measurement.He is presently Applications Manger/Course Director for Microtrac and is Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at St. Petersburg College in Florida. Dr. Plantz has been the author of numerous presentations in particle size measurement and has written five chapters published in particle size textbooks.

Toni Weigel

Ms. Toni Weigel has been with the Microtrac particle size group for 25+ years and has been notably involved in particle size method development. She currently is Laboratory Manager for Microtrac in York, Pennsylvania. Ms. Weigel is trained in the area of chemistry. She is a certified ISO Auditor, and is cGMP/cGLP certified. Specialty includes Test Method Development, FDA validation and method development and transfer. She has co-authored several particle size publications.


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