Thermal analysis is the broad category of at least 20 techniques that measure some fundamental property of matter as a result of adding heat. For example, dilatometry measures volume changes upon heating, thermomechanical analysis quantifies the change in dimension of a sample as a function of temperature, and thermo-optical analysis detects changes in optical properties on heating or cooling.
Top 5 Signs that You Should Service or Replace Your Thermal Analyzer
|Your current instrument doesn’t perform the type or types of thermal analysis you need for the materials you work with—either differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), another technique, or a combo of these techniques. DSC is most often used with materials that undergo phase changes while TGA is often used to quantify the residual solvent or moisture content of a sample (for example, in foods and pharmaceuticals). A related technique, evolved gas analysis, analyzes gas decomposition products.
|The software is too complicated and awkward to use for the non-experts in your lab and/or the analyzer takes up too much space.
Sample prep for the instrument is taking too long or is too cumbersome.
|Your current instrument doesn’t provide all the features you need, such as macros and wizards and the ability to schedule after-hours calibration.
|The analyzer doesn’t provide the sensitivity, temperature range or heating and cooling rates you need.
Top 6 Questions That You Should Ask When Buying a Thermal Analyzer
|If you are going to be analyzing x,y,z properties, ask if the company has any customers conducting the same type of work and if you can talk to them.
|Ask if you can submit a sample for a demo using specified conditions and, if so, how long this will take and whether a report will be provided.
|What type of post-sale application and technical support does the company offer, and how much will it cost you?
|What features distinguish the company’s instrument from their competitors’?
|What can the company tell you about the quality of the product, i.e., how it was manufactured and tested? This will help you determine the typical lifespan.
|What can the vendor tell you about the total cost of ownership, including expected consumables, software upgrades, service, and warranty costs?
Recently Released Thermal Analyzers
- Combines the power of thermal analysis, with the specificity of separation and the sensitivity of detection available in spectroscopic and chromatographic methods
- Offers an accessory that enables hyphenation
- Provides scientists the ability to identify and study low levels of materials in highly complex matrices
- Improves ease of operation, sensitivity and analytical accuracy of conventional standalone systems
- Basic functions required by simultaneous thermogravimetry/ differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) measurements are improved
- Features programmable atmosphere control
- Provides advanced acquisition, analysis and report functions which ensure comfortable simultaneous measurements
- DTG-60A is a new automatic DTG which defines new standards in autosampler technology
Flash DSC 1
- Opens up new frontiers in the field of materials characterization
- Ultra-high heating and cooling rates add a new dimension to the study of thermally induced physical transitions and chemical processes
- Enables users to investigate effects that were previously impossible to measure
- Features Fast response sensor and wide temperature range
Discovery Series TGA
- Combines innovative technologies for temperature control and mass measurement with an advanced user interface
- Introduces Diffusion-Bonded Sensor technology which improves sensitivity of the temperature measurement while maintaining a very short time constant for excellent signal resolution
- New TRIOS software makes it easy for users to manage the sample queue
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