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2014 Titrator Product Survey

While titration is a basic analytical method, titrators are specialized instruments that perform titrations with minimal operator intervention. They can thus minimize errors, improve throughput, and facilitate documentation. There are two major titrator types: potentiometric acid-based designs and Karl Fischer titrators.

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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 titrators used by survey respondents:

Potentiometric 43%
Karl Fischer Coulometric 23%
Karl Fischer Volumetric 28%
Other 5%

Titrator components used by survey respondents:

Evaporator 10%
Karl Fischer oven 23%
Autosampler 44%
Homogenizer 15%
Other 8%

Nearly 34% of respondents plan on purchasing a titrator in the next year. The budget ranges for these purchases are as follows: 

Less than $1,000
$1,000 - $5,000
$5,000 - $15,000
$15,000 - $30,000

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

Ease of use 92%
Accuracy 92%
Reliability 91%
Low maintenance 85%
Price 83%
Warranty 78%
Ease of installation 76%
Operating costs 74%
Service and support 72%
Flexibility of automation 67%

Completed Surveys: 174

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