Malvern® Instruments' Mastersizer® 2000 Helps Indorama Fine Tune PTA Production

11 Oct 07; Malvern, UK: Indorama Petrochem Limited have chosen the Mastersizer® 2000 particle size analysis system to provide quality control for the manufacture of Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) at their site in Rayong, Thailand. The extensive capabilities of the Mastersizer system, coupled with the applications expertise of both® Instruments and Diethelm Ltd, the company's distributor in Thailand, have been key factors in helping the users at Indorama Petrochem to fine tune measurement and data analysis process, delivering the information required to ensure product consistency.

Indorama Petrochem operates one of the world's largest single line plants for the production of PTA, a key constituent of polyester and an intermediate in the production of plastics, pesticides, inks and paints. The company uses the Mastersizer 2000 from Malvern Instruments equipped with Scirocco dry powder feeder to analyze PTA as part of its manufacturing control procedures. Method development carried out according to the ISO13320-1 standard for laser diffraction analysis has resulted in the continued production of reliable and reproducible data, enabling Indorama Petrochem to further improve production control.

The QA-QC & Customer Technical Services department at Indorama Petrochem is complimentary about the help that the company has received: "We very much appreciate the support of both Malvern Instruments and Diethelm, before and after installation of the Mastersizer 2000. We look forward to a long and lasting association between our two companies."

Easy-to-use, with good reproducibility, the Mastersizer 2000 is the preferred option across a wide range of industries for measuring wet and dry samples in the size range from 0.02 - 2000 microns. It was developed to meet modern industry's needs for global comparability of results, regulatory compliance, maximum efficiency in the laboratory and optimum deployment of skilled personnel. In support of these requirements, the Mastersizer 2000 is fully automated and easy to use, and delivers clear information based on standardized procedures.

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About Malvern® Instruments
Malvern® Instruments is a global company that develops, manufactures and markets advanced analytical systems used in characterizing a wide variety of materials, from bulk powders to the latest nanomaterials and delicate macromolecules. Innovative technologies and powerful software produce systems that deliver industrially relevant data enabling customers to make the connection between micro (eg particle size) and macro (bulk) material properties (rheology) and chemical composition (chemical imaging). Malvern laboratory, on-line and in-line solutions are proven in sectors from cement to pharmaceuticals and support the understanding, improvement and optimization of many industrial processes.

Headquartered in Malvern, UK, the company has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Korea and Japan, key partnerships in India, a global distributor network and a number of applications laboratories around the world.

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