Image Analysis System measures particle shape and size.

Press Release Summary:

Using CCD camera, automated Sysmex FPIA-3000 measures particles suspended in aqueous and non-aqueous liquid media. Standard configuration allows characterization of particles from 1.5-160 micron, while high and low magnification options cover 0.8-80 micron and 12-300 micron ranges respectively. Accepting sample volumes down to 0.5 ml, unit stores particle images for reference and analysis. Included software offers access to threshold control.

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Malvern Launches New Generation Image Analysis System for Particle Shape Measurement

Malvern Instruments has launched a new generation image analysis system for the fully automated characterization of particle shape and size. Introduced at Pittcon 2005, the Sysmex FPIA-3000 builds on the success of the existing Sysmex FPIA-2100 flow cytometry-based analyzer, adding new features and extending the range of applications. In addition to the laboratory system, a remote option will be available for use in at-line situations.

Particle shape analysis has become a critical parameter in many industrial processes. This has fuelled a demand for increasingly flexible analytical systems that can be used in a variety of different circumstances to provide maximum shape and size information quickly and easily.

Key amongst the new features of the Sysmex FPIA-3000 is its ability to measure across a wide particle size range. The standard instrument configuration allows the characterization of particles from 1.5 to 160 microns. High and low magnification options cover the ranges 0.8 to 80 microns and 12 to 300 microns respectively. Sample volumes as low as 0.5 ml can be used throughout and every single particle image is now stored for future reference and analysis. Powerful new software brings access to a whole range of new shape and size parameters not previously available, as well as improved threshold control that allows more sensitive edge detection for transparent particles.

The Sysmex FPIA-3000 operates using the same proven principles as its predecessor, measuring particles suspended in aqueous and non-aqueous liquid media. Using a CCD camera, the system produces images of each suspended particle. Samples pass through a sheath flow cell that transforms the particle suspension into a narrow, flat flow, ensuring that the largest area of the particle is oriented towards the camera and that all particles are in focus. Measurement is complete in just two and a half minutes.

Full details of Malvern's full range of fully automated image analysis systems for particle size and shape analysis is available at

About Malvern Instruments

Malvern Instruments is a leading supplier of analytical solutions for particle characterization and rheological applications. Advanced technologies are combined with robust mechanical designs and comprehensive software to provide systems that measure material characterization data (size distribution, particle shape, zeta potential, molecular weight) and bulk material properties. On-line, at-line and off-line solutions are provided to meet QA/QC, control and development applications across a diverse range of industries. An extensive support service facilitates the optimal design and exploitation of any given system.

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