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January 17, 2018
How much artificial sweetener is too much?

How much artificial sweetener is too much?

Avoiding sugar has become a religion to many. This has been assisted by the rise in artificial sweeteners available and the number of products advertising “sugar free.” One of the common sources of artificial sweetener is the stevia plant, from which steviol glycosides are produced. For successful analysis, it is...
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Salt analysis. Fast. Reliable.

Salt analysis. Fast. Reliable.

When salt is discussed, in relation to food, the sodium content is really of concern. For large scale contract labs, this can easily be analysed by AAS or ICP, however these techniques require staff with analytical backgrounds and relatively high operation costs. Smaller food producers or large-scale manufacturers without a...
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Total metal measurements in a process liquor in an Australian metal refinery

Total metal measurements in a process liquor in an Australian metal refinery

The purpose to measure total metals online is to give accurate and more data for the operator to control the process. Having better control of the process increases the efficiency of the process and allows for significant savings in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Performing the...
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Particle size analysis for process control: continuous monitoring of size and shape, with Dynamic Image Analysis

Particle size analysis for process control: continuous monitoring of size and shape, with Dynamic Image Analysis

Particle size analysis is a crucial for ore materials in mineral processing. Whether it be natural aggregates/crushed rock-mass to sands and gravel, through to the floatation products, characterisation of feed and tails, to magnetic separation products in heavy mineral sands. Comminution is energy intensive and requires continuous monitoring to reduce...
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Lithium, ensuring quality supply

Lithium, ensuring quality supply

Every advance in technology brings about new challenges. This is no different with the take-up of lithium batteries for solar-battery systems around the home, power storage farms or for electric cars. The strong demand for lithium-based batteries has led to lithium mining and processing growing at a rapid rate. Initially...
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Analysis of polymer granulate by near-infrared spectroscopy

Method description: The most commonly used polymers for daily life products are polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE). These polyolefins are versatile and cheap in production costs. PP and PE are used in the same application fields, but due to a lower glass transition temperature, PE is unusable above 80 °C....
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TAN analysis, the easy way

TAN analysis, the easy way

In heavy machinery, engine fluids and oils are a key ingredient to smooth operation. Poor quality oil can cause breakdowns, frequent maintenance requirements and long down time for machinery. On the other hand, hundreds of litres of engine fluids can be required during a maintenance. By monitoring a number of...
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The basics of water analysis, the easy way.

The basics of water analysis, the easy way.

Clean water is essential to everyday life. This results in testing water constantly. Potable water from dams, bores and desalination plants for drinking. Wastewater from industrial and private sources to avoid environmental contamination and bottled water. All of these sources are tested regularly to ensure a healthy environment and water...
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Chromium, the devil you know. Or is it?

Hearing that something contains chromium produces a similar reaction to announcing something contains asbestos, no one wants to touch it. Is this fair? Not all chromium is created equal and, not all chromium is toxic. Hexavalent chrome (chromium VI) deservedly wears the label of highly toxic, and should be avoided....
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