Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shelf Life: Control it or Spoil

Arizona Instrument LLC provides products that empower businesses with the ability to manage moisture in their food and increase the shelf life of their products.

Moldy biscuits, stale cookies and spoiled milk powder are the bane of the food industry. They are much more than just unappetizing; they are a representation of lost inventory, discarded product and wasted money. Retailers demand products with shelf lives that give them the flexibility to succeed and if your product doesn't make the cut, there is always another waiting to take your place. There is no doubt that shelf life is crucial in the food industry.
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Monday, March 30, 2009

Strive for Perfection

Everyone has to be more in tune to their own production practices if they want to make it in today’s economy. The companies that continue to strive for perfection and offer top of the line quality items while providing the best service money can buy are the companies that will come through this sluggish economy even better than before.

How will companies provide this type of product and service if production and resources are cut? They might just want to look at a faster and more accurate way to test and to determine the solids, moisture or ash content of their products.

In this new millennium, the analytical world of testing is driven by new technologies. Moisture / solids / ash analyzers have come a long way since the 1980s and your production process and laboratory might just need to look at analyzers that will demonstrate no significant differences between vacuum ovens, air ovens, Karl Fischer Titration, muffle furnaces or other methods that are time consuming and labor intensive.

When you are looking for a new method with a moisture analyzer ask the vendor to provide an analysis of data that reveals exactly how accurate and reproducible the equipment is compared to your standard method and products similar to yours. If the consistency of the data displays high repeatability, quick test times and correlates to the standard method, then you owe it to yourself to take a closer look at that equipment.

Our analyzers will provide the best results for you in the least amount of time.

The MAX® 5000XL is the top of the line analyzer for moisture / solids/ purity of gypsum/ ash. All of our data illustrates the test method and the correlation between ASTM, VOC, AOAC, AACC, TAPPI and other standard specifications.

The greatest advantage of using our analyzers is to save you time and resources.

In this day and age, it is time to take human error out of results while reducing man-hours and providing the best quality product to your customer.

The new moisture analyzers make this possible.

-Stephanie Blaha, Senior Account Representative
Computrac® Division
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Solvent-free Moisture Determination of Oils and Lubricants

Controlling and monitoring the amount of water in oils and lubricants is a major concern for refineries and manufacturers to ensure a quality product is being delivered to consumers; and to commercial and personal consumers to maintain optimum output.

Using RH sensor technology Arizona Instrument LLC has developed the Computrac® Vapor Pro® Fx analyzer that is capable of determining the water content of oils and lubricants. It is sturdy enough to be in the production area, requires no reagents for measurement, and requires little technical skill to operate efficiently. After testing both refined and crude oils and lubricants the Vapor Pro® Fx was found to be capable of reliably and accurately measuring moisture levels as low as 10ppm and as high as 50% water by volume. It is currently being validated as a Karl Fisher alternative by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

-James Moore, Chemist

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Company Volleyball Tournament - March 2009

As some of you may already know, Arizona Instrument gets together once a month for a company activity. This month we chose to play volleyball. Each team had to dress alike with whatever theme they came up with.

The winner was Chemical Warfare!

Of course, your sales representatives participated and had a great time too! Some pictures are posted below from our event!

Scott Gifford, Plastics Representative
800.290.1414 x1642 • sgifford@azic.com

Kris Vancers, Pharmaceutical and Foods Representative
800.290.1414 x1655 •

Stephanie Blaha, Chemicals, Foods, Pharmaceuticals, Pulp and Paper Representative
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Doug Elliott, Chemicals and Forestry Representative
800.290.1414 x1725 •

Rick Ervin, Director of Sales
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Interphex - New York - March 2009

It was wonderful meeting/seeing those of you that did end up attending the show this year! We enjoyed running tests for you at the show so you could see our instruments in action.

For those of you that did not attend, we ran capillary tests on our Karl Fischer Alternative instrument, the Vapor Pro®. Our capillaries come in various sizes, but the tests we ran were on 1000µg of water.

Our Vapor Pro® Moisture Specific Analyzer is a rugged, easy to use, GREEN alternative to Karl Fischer Titration. It has very low operating cost as the only disposable item on it is the septa at the top of the vial. What we did was filled the capillary which we knew was 1000µg of water (as long as we filled the capillary correctly...this can prove to be tricky and we have contests with each other on who can get closer to 1000), placed it in the vial, sealed the top, placed it on the instrument, pressed start and waited for the result. Within minutes we had our answer! Scott and I are very good at this game, and consistently came within 50µg of spec.

What happens, is the septa in the top of the vial gets pierced with a two way needle upon entry into the instrument. Dry air or nitrogen gas is pushed through one way while ambient air is pushed through the other. The vial is heated and moisture evaporates off over a relative humidity sensor. After a few minutes you have a moisture specific reading.

This instrument can read down to 10ppm of moisture up to 100%. We have 3 different Vapor Pro® Moisture Analyzers - one standard, one specifically for lyophilized materials in the pharmaceutical industry, and one for moisture in oils. We have been in business over 25 years, and are very familiar with most samples across all industries.

We also featured our Computrac® MAX® 4000XL at this show, which is our newly released LOD (Loss on Drying) Moisture/Solids Analyzer. It has 25% faster throughput through use of a cool down fan, and has a color LCD display, and internet capabilites.

-Shari Houtler, Marketing Manager

If you would like to learn more, please give us a call!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Puerto Rico Training

Mark your calendar for our MAX® 4000XL training in
Puerto Rico

May 14th, 2009

Please sign up via our website at the following link:

Please direct any questions to Fred Curren at:
800.290.1414 x1678 • 602.281.1678

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pittcon and Interphex

After attending these two tradeshows this month, Pittcon in Chicago and Interphex in New York, we noticed a continued strong interest in our Computrac® MAX® 4000XL Moisture/Solids Analyzer and our Karl Fischer Alternative Computrac® Vapor Pro® Series.

Our Computrac® MAX® 4000XL Moisture/Solids Analyzer is an improvement from our MAX® 2000XL with 25% faster throughput through use of a cool-down fan, internet capabilities, and a color screen, among other great features.

Our Computrac® Vapor Pro® is a green alternative to Karl Fischer titration. It has lower operating costs, the instrument is more user friendly and technology transfer packages are available to make the transition as easy as possible for you.

Call us today to find out more at:
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Upcoming Tradeshows in March!

Arizona Instrument will be attending 2 tradeshows this March!
Be sure to stop by and see us if you plan on attending!


Jeff Ho, Ben Brown and Shari Houtler will be at:

March 9-12, 2009: Chicago, IL
McCormick Place
Booth #4575
• 800.528.7411 • 602.470.1414


Scott Percy and Shari Houtler will be at:

March 17-29, 2009: New York, NY
Javits Center
Booth #3218
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