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Spectro Scientific recently released a new version of its LaserNet 200 Comprehensive Particle Analyzer Series for extensive analysis of particles in lubricating and hydraulic fluids. The new series increases the particle counting range up to 10 million particles per milliliter without dilution and incorporates a new set of ferrous particle measurements that gives users insight into the progress of machine wear.
The LaserNet 215 instrument is designed to provide oil analysis laboratory managers with a quick and easy way to monitor contamination and trend machine wear in one test and at a lower cost. Along with the automated sampling processor (ASP), the LaserNet 215 can reduce the need for traditional and manual ferrous particle tests.
The analyzer employs the LaserNet Fines laser-imaging technology and dual magnetometers to characterize ferrous particles larger than 25 microns as well as total ferrous particles. Ferrous concentration is reported in parts per million (ppm) for particles larger than 25 microns in diameter. Together with the total ferrous content in ppm, new measurements such as larger ferrous particle percentage and ferrous wear severity index can be derived for a more simplified view of machine wear from a single in-service oil test.
The new software also doubles the upper particle counting range to 10 million particles per milliliter of oil. Users can now process very dirty engine and gearbox oils from heavy equipment such as mining excavators. The laser can penetrate dark engine oil samples containing up to 2 percent soot, enabling engine oil to be tested without dilution.
"The introduction of Version 7 of the LaserNet 200 Series demonstrates Spectro Scientific's commitment to continuously improving the most advanced particle analysis technologies and will benefit our customers greatly around the world," said Yuegang Zhao, Spectro Scientific senior vice president.
For more information, visit www.spectrosci.com.