What to Look for When Purchasing a Titrator

Learn the top features readers look for and more from the latest titrator user survey results

By Shane Downie

Modern titrators can be simply classified as one of two types: potentiometric and Karl Fischer, with the latter available in both coulometric and volumetric versions. While titration may be considered a basic analytical method, modern titrators are far from simplistic. Many titrators offer a variety of automation options and can perform titrations with great accuracy with minimal operator intervention.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Titrator

  1. How precise is the titrant delivery system? Is the titrant delivery system certified for accuracy?
  2. Can additional titrants be used without having to purge burettes?
  3. What information is included in the titrator’s display and reports?
  4. Is the titrator limited to proprietary electrodes? What is the replacement cost for electrodes?
  5. Is the software field upgradeable?
  6. What is the service and repair policy?
    • Is on-site support offered?
    • If something goes wrong with the meter, can it be fixed locally?
    • What is the general turnaround time for repair?

Types of titrator used by survey respondents:

Potentiometric 62%
Karl Fischer Volumetric 35%
Karl Fischer Coulometric 29%
Other 15%

Titrator components used by survey respondents:

Autosampler 50%
Karl Fischer oven 24%
Homogenizer 17%
Evaporators 13%
Other 23%

Nearly 42% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new titrator. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
61%
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
23%
First time purchase
9%
Setting up a new lab
7%

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a titrator:

Accuracy 95%
Reliability 87%
Ease-of-use 79%
Service and support 73%
Low maintenance 72%
Price 59%
Data management 57%
Warranty 55%
Operating cost 53%
Ease of installation 50%

For more information on titrators, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/titrators

See results from previous titrator surveys:

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