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. According to this year’s survey results, over 82 percent of survey respondents use automated titration in their labs, with fully half of respondents also using an autosampler.
Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Titrator
- How precise is the titrant delivery system? Is the titrant delivery system certified for accuracy?
- Can additional titrants be used without having to purge burettes?
- What information is included in the titrator’s display and reports?
- Is the titrator limited to proprietary electrodes? What is the replacement cost for electrodes?
- Is the software field upgradeable?
- 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:
|Karl Fischer Coulometric||29%|
|Karl Fischer Volumetric||33%|
Titrator components used by survey respondents:
|Karl Fischer oven||26%|
Nearly 48% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new titrator. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:
|Replacement of an aging system||
|First time purchase||
|Addition to existing systems, increase capacity||
|Setting up a new lab||
Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a titrator:
|Service and support||62%|
|Ease of installation||44%|
For more information on titrators, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/titrators
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