Fuel Analyzer uses mid-IR and near-IR spectroscopy.

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Featuring intelligent, self-learning design, MINISCAN IRXpert automatically analyzes 40+ parameters of gasoline, diesel, and biofuel blends, and enables unlimited number of new fuel parameters to be added. Device houses dual-cell spectrometer, which offers extended wavelength from mid-IR to near-IR. Rather than few selected areas, unit analyzes full spectrum and more than 12,000 data points. Measurement stability is guaranteed through temperature-controlled measuring cell and density meter.

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Intelligent and Portable Fuel Analysis

Vienna, Austria - Grabner Instruments, a subsidiary of AMETEK, Inc. has introduced a new portable and highly versatile FTIR spectrometer for the fully automatic measurement of gasoline, diesel and biofuel blends. The MINISCAN IRXpert is the first completely portable fuel analyzer that combines superior scanning range and resolution with the advantages of mid-IR and near-IR spectroscopy for highest measurement accuracy. More than 40 fuel parameters are automatically analysed.

Designed as an intelligent, self-learning analyzer that allows an unlimited number of
new fuel parameters to be analysed at the push of a button. In the 1990s, Dr. Werner Grabner, founder of Vienna-based Grabner Instruments developed the IROX, the first portable FTIR spectrometer to measure the concentration of oxygenates in gasoline by mid-IR. With 20 years of expertise and feedback from customers around the world, the new MINISCAN IRXpert reflects a paradigm shift to a new level of quality in fuel analysis.

The instrument houses an unique dual-cell design spectrometer that offers an extended
wavelength range from mid-IR to near-IR, superior resolution and the ability to analyze
multiple fuels with a single instrument. Maximum measurement stability is guaranteed through a temperature-controlled measuring cell and density meter. Unmatched accuracy is ensured through the combination of information from the mid-IR and the near-IR spectrum.

Instead of a few selected areas, the MINISCAN IRXpert analyzes the full spectrum and more than 12,000 data points.

The MINISCAN IRXpert comes fully configured with the ability to test more than 40 important parameters for both laboratory-tested and field-tested fuels. Oxygenates, aromatics, benzene, octane boosters and cetane improvers, and biodiesel content are measured with unprecedented precision. A number of key fuel properties, such as octane and cetane number, vapor pressure and distillation properties are accurately predicted, by utilizing a worldwide sample database and by combining the information from the mid-IR and near-IR spectrum range derived from a high-resolution scan.

With the worldwide problem of fuel adulteration, the MINISCAN IRXpert was designed from the beginning with flexibility in mind. An unlimited number of new fuel parameters and samples may be added to the analyzer. Advanced chemometrics automatically create an optimum model for these new parameters. With only a few clicks newly measured samples can be added to the database and a new model created.

MINISCAN IRXpert is genuinely easy to operate. Menu Navigation is done on a robust
8.4" full-color touch screen. The button size has been optimized for operating the analyzer with the fingers. Spectra can be analyzed, zoomed and compared directly on a high-resolution screen.

All sample spectra are stored in the instrument database for convenient review. The instrument features WORKS(TM) - Worldwide Online Remote Control and Services - and offers LIMS data transfer via Ethernet and USB as well.

For further information on intelligent fuel analysis, turn to
www.grabner-instruments.com or info.grabner-instruments@ametek.at.

GRABNER INSTRUMENTS, a subsidiary of AMETEK Inc., is known as one of the most
innovative companies world wide in the development and manufacture of automatic petroleum testing equipment. Grabner Instruments' success is based on the development of portable, rugged and easy-to-operate fuel and oil analyzers for accurate quality control in the laboratory as well as for fast on-site tests in mobile laboratories.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately 3.0 billion US$. AMETEK's corporate growth plan is based on four key strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions and Alliances, Global and Market Expansion, and New Products. AMETEK is an NYSE-listed stock as well as a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index.

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