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Monitoring Your Compost Remotely

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altTo efficiently compost waste, continuous temperature readings are required from the compost heap or windrow.

Manual data collection and risk of contamination are eliminated using a SureCross Node from Banner Engineering (Belgium), equipped with a dedicated thermocouple probe to automatically monitor the compost temperature.

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Flow Injection Offers Flexible and Easy Analysis

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altMLE GmbH (Germany) provide a flexible, automated analysis system, developed specifically for water and environmental analysis. It operates with a standard photometric determination method (ISO). The application of flow injection analysis (FIA) allows low reagent consumption, short analysis times and is suitable for large sample throughput (as a multi-channel system, shown in the picture) and also for smaller sample series (single channel system).

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Autoanalyser Helps Protect Production Equipment

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altAn automated segmented flow analyser, the AA3 from SEAL Analytical (UK), is being used at BASF’s manufacturing facility at Ludwigshafen in Germany, to protect manufacturing equipment from corrosion or chemical attack from potential impurities in demineralised water, boiler feed water and steam condensate.

Roland Bruenn, who has been with BASF since 1986, is responsible for the analysis of process and environmental samples. He says “We take samples continuously, twenty four hours per day, and typically test 30 to 50 samples per day for silica, ammonium and iron. However, the AA3 has the facility to test hundreds of samples per day so we have the ability to increase the work rate if necessary. This work is extremely important for the protection of high value process equipment.”

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Use Rheology to Investigate Polymer Biodegradability

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altNew data from Malvern Instruments (UK) demonstrate how rheological methods can be used to investigate the speed at which biopolymers, such as polylactic acid (PLA), whose low environmental impact is a defining feature, will biodegrade and compost within landfill. The results show how rheological measurements made in the laboratory provide information about the kinetics and thermodynamics of polymer breakdown, helping accelerate the development of products that meet defined biodegradability criteria. The work is presented in a recently recorded webinar entitled ‘Using rheology to assess the biodegradability and compostability of polylactic acid’ and is freely available for download from the Malvern website.

The use of PLA is growing as its cost and performance come closer to traditional petroleum-based commodity polymers. Produced from crops, PLA offers the advantage of lower environmental impact and biodegradability is a key element of this. The lifecycle analysis of PLA, in applications such as food packaging, relies on understanding the mechanisms of product degradation, post use, and most importantly, the factors that will accelerate it, or indeed slow it down.

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Data Automation Solutions Exhibited at WQTC 2012

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altAccelerated Technology Laboratories, Inc. (USA), a premier supplier of Laboratory Data Management Solutions, will again be exhibiting in booth #105 at the Water Quality Technology Conference, November 4– 8, 2012, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Accelerated Technology Laboratories (ATL) will be featuring their revolutionary Laboratory Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, TITAN, which represents the next generation in Laboratory Information Management Solutions. TITAN leverages two decades of laboratory informatics expertise to define the new standard, offering a feature-rich user experience that simplifies and promotes automation and productivity through streamlined work processes.

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