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Karl Fischer vs. Loss-On Drying - Which Method is the Best?

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Oct 17, 2023 8:10:18 PM

Karl Fischer Titration and Loss-on Drying (LOD) are both methods for determining moisture content in a product.

That’s where the similarities end, though. In this article, I will explain the difference between Karl Fischer Titration and Loss-on Drying, and offer some suggestions to help you choose the right method for your application.

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Topics: Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Karl Fischer, Karl Fischer Titration, Loss-On-Drying

Texture Analysis: Key to a Perfect Bite

Posted by Cho Jang on Jun 21, 2023 1:12:51 PM

 Texture Analysis is a door into rooms where we evaluate things by the way they feel.

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Topics: Texture Analysis

Sieving - An Ancient Technique Still Widely Used

Posted by Art Gatenby on Mar 9, 2023 5:05:50 PM

We recently redesigned our E-commerce site. The redesign proceeded without a hitch, until we got to the sieves. 

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Topics: Particle Size Analysis, Sieves, Sieving Process

Re-Certify Mid-Point Sieves? When and How?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Feb 10, 2023 4:47:59 PM

I had a long conversation with the person [we'll call him Bill] responsible for setting up the quality procedures for very tight specifications in a new process -- part of which was developing procedures for checking the ongoing tolerances of production sieves.
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Topics: Mid-Point Sieves, Sieve Calibration, Sieve Testing, Sieves

Guide to Surface Tension, Surfactants and Micelles

Posted by Art Gatenby on Oct 10, 2022 5:24:05 PM

Welcome to my beginner's guide to Surface Tension, Surfactants, and Micelles. In this blog, we'll be exploring the basics of these topics in order to better understand their role in industry and everyday life. Surface tension is a crucial property of a liquid that allows it to resist being pulled apart by gravity, and surfactants are molecules that can lower the surface tension of water. Micelles are spherical structures that are formed when surfactants reach a certain concentration in water, and they play an important role in many cleaning and industrial processes. We'll be discussing all of this and more in this blog, so let's get started!

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Topics: Tensiometer, Surface Tension, CMC, Micelles, surfactants

Is My Test Equipment Lying?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Sep 20, 2022 4:31:42 PM

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?

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Topics: Surface Tension, Liquid Properties

Sieves – Old and New Issues

Posted by Art Gatenby on May 27, 2022 4:36:26 PM

 In 2011 "Powder-Bulk Solids" published an article comparing certification process veracity with a sieve calibration process using calibrated glass microspheres (or beads). The certification process merely indicates that a sieve mesh conforms to a standard that has a wide tolerance regarding mesh openings. It is performed on a small number of openings. On the other hand, calibration using the calibrated beads results in a number representing the mean opening -- a result generated by actually performing a test encompassing at least 80% of the mesh openings.

The problems outlined in the article  are still dogging todays QC Managers

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Topics: Sieve Shakers, Calibration, Particle Size Analysis, Sieve Calibration, Sieve Certification, Sieve Testing, Sieves, Sieving Process

Who Beats Up Your Bostwick?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Dec 7, 2021 4:59:05 PM

Definition of a Tough Consistency Instrument

Sometimes we encounter a product that is so simple and rugged that it would be tempting to deem it indestructible. Consider a stainless steel trough with a gate and etched numbers on the bottom. Seems simple and the stainless would make it tough, right? That is not the case, but it has survived nearly unchanged for more than 85 years.

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Topics: Bostwick Consistometer, Consistency, consistometer, Liquid Properties

When Do I Need a Consistometer vs. a Viscometer?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 30, 2021 4:05:31 PM

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, "How can I get a viscosity reading from the Bostwick Consistometer?" The answer is, "You can't." We've elaborated on this in other articles. We've even got a great infographic to explain the difference. With this article, I hope to advance the understanding of the difference between these concepts even further.

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Topics: Viscosity, Bostwick Consistometer, Consistency, viscometer, consistometer, Liquid Properties

Why Not A Bostwick Consistometer Calibration Standard?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 24, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Customers Want Bostwick Consistometer Calibrations.

When told that CSC Scientific does not calibrate Bostwick Consistometers, people ask .Then how can I calibrate my consistometer and where can I get a calibration standard?”.

Sampling Method Using Your Product

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Topics: Bostwick Consistometer, Consistency, Calibration, Liquid Properties

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