Materials Characterization

Company Announcements

In June, due to the sale of Quantachrome (see IBO 2/15/18), the independent German company Quantachrome GmbH restructured and changed its name to 3P INSTRUMENTS.

This summer, KLA-Tencor acquired nanoindentor instrument firm Nanomechanics.

In July, Dr. Rossana Pasquino, associate professor at the University of Naples Fredrico II, received TA Instruments’ Distinguished Young Rheologist award. She was recognized for her work in the rheology of complex fluids, using it as a tool to detect morphology and microscopic properties.

Halo Labs, which is developing the HORIZON system for high-throughput, low-volume subvisible particle analysis, named Robert Wicke as CEO. He previously held a senior leadership position at Pall ForteBio. He succeeds Dr. Robert Hart who is transitioning to CTO.

In September, Micromeritics Instruments signed a collaborative sales partnership with Malvern Panalytical. In several markets, Micromeritics will serve as a distributor for Malvern Panalytical’s Zetasizer family of instruments.


Product Introductions

PAC launched in March the Phase Technology DFA-70Xi Diesel Fuel Analyzer, calling it the world’s first 4-in-1 analyzer that tests diesel fuel viscosity, density, cloud and pour point. It performs all 4 tests in less than 25 minutes.

Shimadzu introduced in April the KPR-300 Kalnew precision refractometer in North America, designed to measure the refractive indices of transparent samples for optical applications.

In June, Spectro Scientific debuted the TruVu 360 Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform, an all-encompassing web-based fluid analysis data management system. It integrates the MiniLab onsite oil analysis hardware. The company plans to transfer all of its fluid analysis instruments to the platform.

In July, Schmidt+Haensch launched the VeriRef refractometer series, consisting of two models. The double-isolated Peltier systems allow fast temperature control.

AMETEK Process Instruments released in July the model 5100P system, based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, for measuring moisture content in natural gas and featuring an integrated sample system. The introduction adds a portable model to its 5100 Series gas analyzers.

In September, HORIBA introduced the nanoPartica SZ-100V2 series nanoparticle analyzer, which measures the quantity, size and surface charge of nanoparticles using zeta potential measurement. It features a particle-diameter measurement range of 0.3 nm–10,000 nm.

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