Measurement and Testing

STARDist - The Brand New Automatic Distillation Unit by Orbis BV.

Dec 21 2017 Read 592 Times

Distillation is the most complicated test among physical property tests of petroleum products. A key aspect is the automatic control of heater power, both before IBP and FBP detection and for keeping the distillation rate between 4 and 5 ml per minute. Bram Hollander, International Sales Manager at Orbis BV, says “This control of heater power, together with accurate vapor temperature detection and volume measurement, are the core criteria for automatic distillation performance. With STARDist, Orbis BV brings that performance to the highest level in today’s market”.

Of course, a brand-new instrument must bring brand new features, and the innovative STARDist delivers: Optical Dry Sense detects the Dry Point without the need for an external dry point sensor probe. A new UHD Volume Scan measures the receiver volume with two times the precision of its predecessor in PAMv2. The PrEval function allows the instrument to “Pre-Evaluate” the sample’s temperature and exact volume before start, to proceed by both setting the receiver chamber temperature accordingly and correcting the measured volume back to 100% volume, all within method limits. Voc Cold Trap is designed to drastically reduce evaporation loss while maintaining exposure to atmospheric pressure and compliance to the method. The smart Flask Holder and new automatic Heater Lift ensure easy one-hand operation and correct flask positioning. A complete new user software makes STARDist even more easy to use while simultaneously providing more options for program customising and data handling. Bram Hollander continues: “STARDist is the result of 45 years distillation experience and user feedback combined with our passion for innovation.”

STARDist is expected to be available in Q2, 2018.

Applicable methods include ASTM D86, D1078, D850, ISO 3405, IP195, DIN51751, E123.

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