August 2007


Maintaining instruments used to determine biodiesel quality

Using these necessary steps will assure proper analysis of B100

Armstrong, D., PerkinElmer Inc.

As many of us can attest, attention to the maintenance of mechanical devices is critical to obtain dependable service from them. If analytical instrumentation used to monitor biodiesel quality is not properly maintained operational issues can occur.  Fortunately, the maintenance required for today's laboratory instrumentation is quick and easy. Routine maintenance that should be performed on three main pieces of analytical instrumentation used in a biodiesel laboratory will be reviewed. Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES). This instrument is routinely used in biodiesel laboratories for analyzing Group I metals (sodium and potassium), Group II metal

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