When I tell people at cocktail parties that we specialize in Particle-Size Analysis. I usually get a polite response of ------ “OH !!,” which translates to “So who cares?”
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One quiet night, I was musing over moisture analysis and how easy it is to do using loss-on drying. Little did I know what was in store.
The relative value of a sieve certification process vs a sieve calibration has perplexed me for a long time.
When people are looking for a way to measure small amounts of moisture, we often recommend the Karl Fischer method.
I'll bet that most of you have experienced the shock of walking on a thick wool rug on a dry winter's day and getting zapped out of your reverie when reaching for the metal door knob.
The same process of static electricity generation can play havoc with your sieving process.
I keep running into this kind of thing.
There is a recurring question we are asked as instrument manufacturers:
"Is my equipment working OK?"
This is of particular concern when a production process seems to be off standard.
QC says: "Clearly Process Problems"
Production says: "Bad Test Results"
These challenges arise often.
What to do?
Most of us think about measuring moisture by...
- Drying the material and measure the weight loss
- Using a calibration and electronic instrument
- Using a titration method such as Karl Fischer
When using these processes, we take for granted that the results will be the product's actual moisture.
I have often ranted about the limited range of ASTM 11 sieve mesh standards as it relates to individual sieve certification. We at CSC have tried to help clearly distinguish between different levels of inspection and/or degrees of conformity. We outlined three levels of sieve certification. These are working sieves, mesh certified sieves and mid point sieves. There are summary definitions of these categories on the CSC Web site.