Pittcon 2007: Conference targets process sensors, analyzers


Process control/instrumentation

Process control/instrumentation

More than 1,100 exhibitors and 21,000 attendees participated in the 58th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy held at Chicago's McCormick Place, Feb. 25-March 2, 2007.

Chicago, IL —Products and developments ranging from ready-to-use solvent blends and smart sensors for measuring and monitoring water quality to integrated control loops and mass spectrometers took center stage last week as more than 21,000 attendees gathered at Chicago's McCormick Place for Pittcon 2007 . The 58th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, featuring some 1,100 exhibits and a technical program of more than 2,000 presentations, was a virtual playground of all things analytical and an interactive forum for scientists and engineers to exchange ideas and resources.

Among the highlights of the event was the first media conference for Thermo Fisher Scientific since the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific into one company last spring. CEO Marijn E.

Process control/instrumentation

Watlow's EZ-Zone ST integral control loop integrates temperature control, power control, safety shutdown, and power disconnect.

Dekkers and executive vice president Marc N. Casper were on hand to unveil a plethora of technologies and new products, including Accela, a high-speed chromatography system; two new XRF (x-ray fluorescence) analyzers; and Darwin LIMS 2.0, new software for a variety of applications and industries including pharmaceutical manufacturing. Read more about these new product offerings on the Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Website.

Citing such key market trends as exploding growth in China and India, the move to perform analyses outside the laboratory, and growing demand for better integrated solutions to improve accuracy and productivity, Dekkers noted that the size and breadth Thermo Electron Scientific positions it to respond well to these and other developments. Casper added that to address customer challenges, the company offers "technologies, products, and services to help them improve both the quality and speed of their work. From sample preparation and analysis to data interpretation, we can deliver world-renowned technology specific to the individual needs of our customers, so they can move science forward at a faster pace than ever before."

In other Pittcon news, Watlow introduced its new EZ-Zone ST integral control loop, which integrates temperature control, power control, safety shutdown, and power disconnect in one package. Device features a PID temperature controller already connected to a high amperage solid-state relay. A heat sink, current measurement, over/under temperature limit, definite-purpose mechanical contactor, and digital communications can be added as options. A remote user interface can also be included.

Process control/instrumentation

Waterpoint 870 handheld water analysis system from Sensicore is intended to reduce calibration time.

Sensicore , a developer of smart sensor systems for measuring and monitoring water quality, has added new capabilities to its Waterpoint 870 handheld water analysis system. The enhancements are designed to reduce calibration time significantly and simplify use for improved precision, correlation, and temperature compensation. The devices allow field personnel to get started quickly, increase the number of sites that can be tested in a day, and reduce the time needed to obtain actionable results.

Halo, a compact, cost-effective gas analyzer is among the latest laser-based trace gas products from Tiger Optics LLC . The company calls it the "world's first mini-cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) device," and says it addresses the need for fast, accurate, calibration-free measures of dedicated analytes in the ppb to ppm range. Halo uses the company's patented continuous wave CRDS technology to measure an array of analytes, including moisture, methane, acetylene, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, and ammonia. The product lets users achieve real-time process control, says Lisa Bergson, company CEO, and allows accurate gas analysis that provides more control by quickly and accurately measuring the amount of moisture and other harmful species in a variety of industrial applications.

Bruker BioSciences and Bruker BioSpin (an affiliated, privately held company) announced a variety of new products, adding to the RAID-AFM autonomous facility monitor for chemical agents and toxic chemicals from Bruker Daltronics announced in advance of Pittcon. New offerings include:

  • RoHS-Quant, an XRF fluorescence analysis product for screening chromium, lead, bromine, mercury, and cadmium elements in polymers and plastic components of electrical and electronic equipment from Bruker AXS ;

  • Matrix-MF FT-IR process spectrometer for real-time monitoring and analysis of chemical and biological reactions from Bruker Optics ; and

  • Avance III nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer from Bruker BioSpin . The platform provides an analysis system for a variety of applications, including pharma/biotech and food and beverage industries. In particular, the technology introduces a novel quality control methodology for application in the authentication of fruit juices.

The next Pittcon takes place in New Orleans, March 2-7, 2008.

Watch for additional Pittcon 2007 coverage at Control Engineering Online .

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Compiled by Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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