Member since: 2020
Organization: Yancey Brothers Company
Lower retest rate, less consumables, less lab technician intervention leading to less costs.
Application Area: Lubricant testing laboratory/oil condition monitoring
"The three main objectives that all oil condition monitoring lubricant testing laboratories must meet are: accuracy of analytical data, rapid turnaround, and cost control. Traditional automatic particle counting (APC) technology has not kept pace, especially in automation. Current APC's are stand alone instruments where the process to perform analysis on hundreds of samples is labor intensive. PerkinElmer has come up with an integrated solution that combines processes and analysis of LPC with their ICP-OES. The new Perkin Elmer LPC 500 liquid particle counter is providing long needed improvements to particle counting analysis of in-service oil. The benefits include reduced sample prep, process and analytical time freeing up a lab technician to perform other important tasks. Repeatability and consistency improved, giving lab personnel and our customers higher confidence in results."
The LPC 500™ Liquid Particle Counter is a single particle optical sizing (SPOS) system designed to count and size particles individually with high resolution. When used for in-service oil samples, only 4 mL of 10x diluted samples are typically needed, offering reproducible results between high- and low-viscosity samples, while also minimizing washout requirements and solvent waste.
Integrates seamlessly with ICP-OES for elemental analysis
Provides sample-to-sample analysis time of ~45 seconds
Uses less than 1 mL of lubricant sample per analysis
Boasts the smallest footprint of any standalone automated particle counter
The LPC 500 Liquid Particle Counter consists of three components – an optical sensor, a multi-channel pulse analyzer (MPA), and a software controller – and is available in two configurations:
A patent-pending option coupling the LPC 500 counter with the Avio® 500 ICP-OES Oils system, enabling the same diluted sample to be analyzed for both wear metals and particle counting/sizing, so two analyses in a single run. Plus, all features and data outputs for the LPC 500 system have been integrated into Syngistix™ for ICP software, leveraging one software platform for both analyses.
A standalone LPC 500 for particle counting only which offers sample-to-sample analysis times of 95 seconds, with the same reduced sample size and sample preparation. This option is controlled by a separate software package that allows extensive customizability of the particle counting parameters.