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2014-15 Product Resource Guide: Particle Size Analyzers

Get a list of questions to ask when buying particle size analyzers, the most recent particle size analyzer releases, and an updated particle size analyzer manufacturer's list in this section.

Top 11 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Particle Size Analyzer

1. What is the size range you need to measure? Unfortunately, no one technique can measure all possible particle sizes, so the range needed will narrow the potential systems which can be used.

2. What exactly do you want to measure and why? Particle analyzers use many different techniques to arrive at measurements. In order to figure out what technique will work best for your application, you need to define what you are trying to measure and why.

3. Are you trying to characterize different particle types in a single sample?

4. In what “state” should the measurements be made? In many cases, measurement of the particles in the “native state” may not be possible.

5. Is measuring the count or concentration (two different measurements!) of the particles along with size/shape important? If knowing an absolute particle count, or a particle concentration is important, then some techniques will be eliminated immediately.

6. How easy is it to generate reliable data? Think about your users and ask what, if any, specific expertise is required for system set-up and routine use. Then, ask to make a measurement to assess this during the selection process.

7. Can the instrument comfortably handle all your samples? Check the particle size range and the availability of efficient dispersion units for suspension, emulsion, and dry powder analysis.

8. Are there any features that will boost productivity? Ask about measurement times; check how easy it is to switch between sample types and assess maintenance requirements.

9. How does the safety, health, and environment (SHE) performance of the system compare with others? A good dry dispersion unit will minimize the need for wet measurement, for example, cutting dispersant use. If you need containment, then assess its quality.

10. How easy is it to tailor analysis to your precise needs? Check out the software interface, and the process required to develop methods and present your data how you want it.

11. And finally what type of support is available, now and into the future, if things go wrong, or with a new application? Ask about provisions for online education and training.

Recently Released Particle Size Analyzers

Mastersizer 3000 Particle Size Analyzer Software

  • New software for Malvern’s Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer continues to lighten the analytical workload associated with developing robust particle sizing methods for industrial applications
  • New operational features, such as an Optical Property Optimizer, simplify and streamline the process of method development
  • A new result emulation tool eases the process of transferring methods from other particle sizing techniques


Multisizer 4E Coulter Counter Particle Sizing/ Counting Analyzer

  • Features a new 10-micron aperture that enables users to obtain accurate count, size and mass distribution for particles and cells ranging from 0.2 to 1,600 microns
  • Digital Pulse Processing provides high-resolution analysis in as many as 400 channels
  • Delivers dynamic size measurements in real time
  • Compliant with 21 CFR Part 11

Beckman Coulter 

LD Particle Size Analyzer Autosampler

  • Allows the analysis of liquid and dry samples in the same batch
  • Can be programmed to run dry samples in either liquid or dry dispersion, and liquid samples in liquid dispersion
  • Works with Cilas 990, 1090 and 1190 laser particle size analyzers and has the capacity to analyze up to 30 samples per batch

Cilas Particle Size 


  • Suited for analysis of particle shape and size of dry, free-flowing powders and bulk solids in a measuring range from 20 μm to 20 mm
  • Identifies damaged particles, contaminates, agglomerates or oversized or undersized particles accurately and quickly, and they can be viewed as single images
  • Measuring time, depending on the sample quantity, is below 5 minutes


Particle Size Analyzer Manufacturers


AimSizer Scientific 

Ankersmid B.V. 

Beckman Coulter 

Brookhaven Instruments 

CILAS Particle Size 

Clemex Technologies 

Dispersion Technology 

Fluid Imaging 




Horiba Instruments 

JM Canty 

Malvern Instruments 




New Star Environmental 

Particle Sizing Systems