Malvern Mastersizer 2000 Proves Its Value as a Reference Laboratory Solution for Cement Manufacturers

7 October 2009: Malvern, UK: New experimental results highlight the Mastersizer 2000 from Malvern Instruments as a reliable and practical solution to the cement industry's growing need for reference laboratory particle characterization systems. Not only does the Mastersizer 2000 deliver data that correlate more precisely with the performance of finished cement than traditional Blaine numbers, but the system is also valuable in analyzing other important process streams. A new, freely available application note - Particle sizing in cement - describes how the Mastersizer 2000 meets cement industry requirements for reproducibility and flexibility as well as rapid, automated measurement.

Within the cement industry, laser diffraction particle size analysis is rapidly replacing Blaine surface area measurement for characterizing product fineness, a key performance indicator. Suitable only for laboratory use, Blaine measurements provide just a single number description of a sample. In contrast, laser diffraction measures the entire cement particle size distribution, allowing product performance to be specified more precisely. The implementation of the technique in the Mastersizer 2000 laboratory system, and in the Malvern Insitec at-line and on-line systems, simplifies the transfer of knowledge and specifications between the laboratory and manufacturing plant, creating opportunities for process optimisation and economic gain.

The Mastersizer 2000 measures across a broad dynamic range. Consequently it is ideal for analyzing the many different sample types encountered in central research and quality control laboratories, from finished cement of all grades, through to replacement materials such as blast furnace slag and fly ash. A range of cement dispersion units is available for both wet and dry dispersion. Cleaning and sample loading are easy, while Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)-driven operation gives excellent repeatability, even for non-expert operators.

The Mastersizer 2000 is part of Malvern's complete range of analytical systems for cement manufacture, which includes Insitec at- and on-line systems for continuous use within the process environment. In combination this unique offering comprehensively fulfils the laser diffraction needs of the cement industry, helping manufacturers to improve control, drive down production costs and reduce environmental impact.

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Malvern Instruments provides a range of complementary materials characterization tools that deliver inter-related measurements reflecting the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules. Analytical instruments from Malvern are used in the characterization of a wide variety of materials, from industrial bulk powders to nanomaterials and delicate macromolecules. A broad portfolio of innovative technologies is combined with intelligent, user-friendly software. These systems deliver industrially relevant data enabling our customers to make the connection between micro (such as particle size) and macro (bulk) material properties (rheology) and chemical composition (chemical imaging).

Particle size, particle shape, zeta potential, molecular weight, chemical composition and rheological properties measurements are now joined by advanced chromatography solutions (GPC/SEC), extending Malvern's technologies for protein molecular weight, size and aggregation measurements, and synthetic polymer molecular weight and distribution. The company's laboratory, at-line, on-line and in-line solutions are proven in sectors as diverse as cement production and pharmaceutical drug discovery.

Headquartered in Malvern, UK, Malvern Instruments has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Korea and Japan, a joint venture in India, a global distributor network and applications laboratories around the world.

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