Oil Testing - Auto Image Particle Counter and Density Measurement

The HF automated PC D machine provides unparalleled precision in particle counting analysis, density determination, and sample dispensing for many other tests all at the same time.

Trays containing sample bottles are inserted into the machine and automatically registered. A cartesian robot transfers the bottles to a mixing station where samples are mixed and then degassed using ultrasonics.

Once degassed to remove air bubbles, the sample bottles are automatically decapped. The automated RoboPipette 6 removes aliquots for each of the tests from the open bottle. 

One of these aliquots is pipetted into an automated Camera-based Canty Particle counter. One aliquot is pipetted into the density meter for analysis. 

Subsequent aliquots from the bottle are dispensed into various tubes/containers that can be taken for ICP, FTIR, viscometry, GC or other analysis by the operator.

Other automated options include colour and turbidity determination, crackle testing, and automated analysis of viscosity and FTIR in the same module.

This system offers numerous competitive advantages, including:

  • Improved safety
    The automation reduces repetitive tasks such as unscrewing bottle lids, manual pipetting, manual sample registration and manual recapping.
  • Accurate and consistent results
    The automation of particle measurement using image-based particle analysis ensures precise and repeatable measurement results, independent of human influence. This leads to increased reliability and consistency of the analysis results. Images of the measured particles can be stored and shared.
  • Increased efficiency 
    Fully automated systems allow measurements to be carried out more quickly than manual procedures.
  • Multifunctional  
    By combining particle measurement with density determination and sample dosing for different analysis methods such as viscosity measurements, FTIR analyses, and GC analyses, several tasks can be performed simultaneously. This saves time and labour.
  • Reduction of error sources  
    Automation minimises the risk of human error, reducing potential misinterpretation or inaccurate results. This improves the accuracy and reliability of the analysis and increases confidence in the measured data.
  • Data capture and integrity 
    Fully automated systems enable precise capture and processing of data, resulting in higher data integrity. This facilitates the traceability of results and enables reliable reporting and audit trails.
  • Compliance with standards and regulations 
    The system’s comprehensive analytical capability enables it to meet the requirements of various industry standards and regulations. This is particularly important in areas such as quality control and environmental compliance.
  • Reliability using industrial automation components
    By utilising industrial automation components, you can achieve maximum uptime, reliability, and 24/7 operation.