New analyzer enhances safety, simplifies operation, and increases lab productivity
Houston, TX., USA – May 29, 2013 – PAC, a leading global provider of advanced analytical instruments for laboratories and online process applications, today released its latest jet fuel thermal oxidation analyzer, the Alcor JFTOT 230 Mark IV (JFTOT IV). It adds enhanced safety features and simplified operational capabilities to its previous industry-proven solution that significantly increases operator productivity in a smaller, streamlined package. The JFTOT IV is listed in Table 1 of ASTM D3241-13, “Standard Test Method for Thermal Oxidation Stability of Aviation Turbine Fuels”, as an acceptable instrument model.
The JFTOT IV has more safety features than previous generations of jet fuel thermal oxidation testing instruments. The sample and waste containers minimize jet fuel vapor exposure to operators and to the environment, and the sliding test door prevents exposure to the hot heater tube test section. In addition, it is noticeably easier to operate than earlier versions. Previously manual tasks, such as priming the pump, monitoring sample flow, and aerating the sample, are now automated. Due to its ease of use, the JFTOT IV requires little training, which is important for laboratories with limited resources.
With the JFTOT IV, the operator only spends 10 minutes performing any duties to run the samples versus the approximately 50 minutes required by previous instruments. This is a significant improvement that reduces operator intervention by 80%.
“Our lab customers have always expressed a strong desire for instruments which are easier to use, safer, and take less time to operate,” said David Tran, PAC Vice-President of Product Management. “Keeping our customers in mind, we developed the JFTOT IV with new safety features as well as highly automated features that not only make the instrument simpler to use, but also increase lab productivity. The significant time saved in performing the tests means the operators are free to perform their other job duties. If you run three tests every day, you could increase lab productivity by as much as 25 percent.”
Alcor by PAC is the global leader in jet fuel thermal oxidation testing with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Alcor introduced the first jet fuel thermal oxidation analyzer in 1972. The JFTOT IV is the sixth generation analyzer of this line.
PAC is a leading global provider of advanced analytical instruments for laboratories and online process applications in industries such as refinery, petrochemical, biofuels, environmental, food & beverage, and pharmaceutical. To provide its customers with cutting edge technology, PAC leverages significant R&D resources to support its core technologies, including chromatography, elemental analysis, physical properties, and fuels composition. PAC’s product portfolio includes leading product lines with long histories of developing innovative instrumentation: AC Analytical Controls, Antek, Alcor, Cambridge Viscosity, PetroSpec, PSPI, ISL and Walter Herzog. For more information, visit www.paclp.com, or contact the company’s headquarters at 8824 Fallbrook Dr., Houston, Texas 77064, Tel. (U.S.) 800.444.TEST, or +281.940.1803.