Xigo Nanotools showed customers their high speed particle analyzers in Japan at Nanotech2020. The Acorn Area, the World’s first particle surface area analyzer for high concentration suspensions based on NMR, was exhibited. The Acorn Area included the new High Temperature Option, made for printing inks and electronics. Results in 15 seconds are possible with the Area. Inks and coatings are tested by anyone without much training. High viscosity substances such as toothpaste, clay, etc. can easily be measured in the Area using special high concentration sample tubes. No sample preparation is required. The measurement preserves the delicate sample structure and can be tested repeatedly without issue.
Particle Analyzers in Japan must analyze a wide variety of materials. for pharma customers, it is helpful to measure small sample quantities because samples are expensive to make. However, for other materials such as ink, it is possible to pump the sample into the area for measurement. Additives which change sample properties such as polymers or surfactants may be added easily during the measurement process. Using the Flow Option together with the standard Area for sample tubes provides the most flexible measuring configuration.
Customers also saw the Vasco Kin from Cordouan for the first time. The Vasco Kin uses DLS to measure particle size using a remote probe that can detect particle size through a transparent container up to 80 mm from the sample. This avoids contamination. It is also possible to measure samples at high temperatures and pressures, a unique feature for DLS devices. A patented data processing method provides precise, repeatable results in just a few seconds, even for samples with mixtures of many different particle sizes. The Vasco Kin can be used with multiple remote probes to suit a wide variety of measuring configurations. For very high concentration samples, an optical filter is also available.
If you are particles require a different laser frequency to optimize the sensitivity, a wide choice of lasers are available.