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7 Reasons to Attend - Pittcon 2018 Conference & Expo

February 21, 2018
Guest Author: Katherine Macchiarola Katherine is a Marketing Director at Malvern Panalytical in Westborough, MA, USA. In her 19 years with Malvern Panalytical she has held various roles, including X-ray diffraction (XRD) application specialist and product manager. She enjoys talking to customers about their research projects and challenges, and is looking forward to contributing more blogs that address customer interests and concerns. Katherine also has written several white papers – read her latest white paper here.

This year will be the 19th Pittcon in a row that I have attended (there should be an award for that, right?). Actually, Malvern Panalytical did receive an award from Pittcon 11 years ago for our then 50th anniversary of attending the conference. If you still have not made it to this annual gathering of the latest in laboratory equipment, educational courses and technical presentations galore, here are some reasons to consider heading to Orlando on February 26 (or Philadelphia in 2019):

1 – You can see the latest in analytical instrumentation, including systems newly launched at Pittcon. This year, the Malvern Panalytical booth #2118 will feature two brand new products on display – the Morphologi 4 automated particle image analysis and Morphologi 4-ID, and Epsilon 4 benchtop XRF system for fast and accurate at-line elemental analysis.

2 – You can test drive many analytical systems – live demonstrations are happening in many exhibit booths as well as the Live demo area of the exhibit floor. In the Malvern Panalytical booth #2118, we will have live demonstrations of the new Morphologi 4 system, Aeris benchtop XRD system, Epsilon 1 XRF system, ASD LabSpec® 4 NIR system, and ASD TerraSpec® Halo NIR system for mineral identification.

3 – You can take a 0.5-2 day course on that analytical technology you’ve been meaning to brush up on. The short courses are inexpensive and participants receive a certificate that you can show back at the office. Malvern Panalytical experts will be delivering short courses on topics ranging from particle size analysis and rheology to gel permeation and size exclusion chromatography. Check out the complete list of our courses here.

4 – You can bring your material challenges and analytical pains to Pittcon. Discuss new methods and capabilities with application and product specialists to solve your issues or shed more light (or X-rays) on your material’s properties. Booth 2118 will have specialists in particle size analysis, rheology, gel permeation chromatography, size and zeta potential analysis of nanoparticles, XRD, XRF, NIR, and sample preparation for XRF, ICP, and AA.

5 – With over 2000 oral presentations and posters on materials and topics including pharma and biopharmaceuticals, polymers, forensics, environmental, food, agriculture, fuels, water treatment, and nanomaterials, to name a few, you are sure to find out about new research on topics you care about. Check out the program here.

6 – You are supposed to eat an apple a day, and Pittcon is known for handing out fresh apples in the exhibit hall. 

7 – If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line as I do, you are cold and deficient in vitamin D. A trip to Florida is just what the doctor ordered…

So, if you are someone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or who manages these laboratory scientists, Pittcon is the place for you. I hope to see you in Orlando!

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SME Annual Conference & Expo 2018

February 14, 2018

 


Gear up to come find Malvern Panalytical in Minnesota at the SME Annual Conference & Expo from February 25-28th! 

SME is the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. The annual conference event gathers together the mining and mineral community, comprised of engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. The society advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development.

ASD TerraSpec Halo 

We will have our ASD TerraSpec® 4 and portable NIR ASD TerraSpec Halo Mineral Identifier on display.

Additionally, we invite you to come learn about the product lines of Malvern PanalyticalFind the following instruments at Booth #2519

  • Aeris - X-ray benchtop diffractrometer; XRD can determine the mineralogical composition of all minerals present in an ore and can track process parameters during the beneficiation of ores. See a live demonstration of the incredible speed and resolution of Aeris.
  • Epsilon 4 - The newly launched Epsilon 4 benchtop X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) system will make its debut at this year's SME; the Epsilon 4 offers increased speed of measurements and excellent sensitivity to trace elements. XRF is used for in laboratory and at the mine site elemental analysis. XRF is cost-effective and reliable, used for exploration, grade control, process monitoring and assuring that the composition of waste is within the limits of environmental norms and regulations. 
  • Mastersizer - The Mastersizer range sets the standard for accurate and reliable particle size analyzers that are easy to use. The Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer delivers rapid, accurate particle size distributions for both wet and dry dispersions, measuring over the nanometer to millimeter particle size ranges. 
Don't miss this treasure. Discover Malvern Panalytical - explore what these instruments can do for your mining and mineral needs!

 

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Hang out with us in our Backyard at ASPRS!

January 30, 2018

Malvern Panalytical is in our own spatially located Denver, Colorado ASD backyard this year at the annual ASPRS (The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) conference

ASPRS, the imaging & geospatial information society, teams with ILMF (International LiDAR Mapping Forum) this year to create for a combined geospatial event you do not want to miss! Network with geospatial peers and colleagues, build your technical expertise via conference workshops, see technology solutions for mapping on display in the exhibitor hall!   

From February 5-7, find us at Booth #710, displaying and demonstrating the following instruments:

See what these field portable, ruggedized near-infrared (NIR) spectroradiometers and spectrometers can do to best assist your remote sensing efforts and measurements with increased precision and accuracy.

Don't fly under the LiDAR on this one... put us on your map and stop by!

 

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2017 ASD Webinar Season Series Summary

December 27, 2017

 

This year, ASD continued our webinar series initiative whereby we invited some of our well known ASD instrument users and customers to share and discuss their various and diverse application uses.

From Mars and malt barley to mosquitoes and postmortem bones, here is a look back at the interesting applications that made up ASD's 2017 webinar series (click on the image to watch the webinar on-demand!):   

 

 

Tis' The Season For Holiday Treats!

December 21, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing! Perhaps you are involved in some traditional holiday baking of your own? And, perhaps your holiday baking recipe calls for flour?

3 Reasons to Visit ASD at the AGU Fall Meeting 2016

December 02, 2016

 

This year’s annual AGU® Fall Meeting, to be held December 12-16 in San Francisco, California, has an expected attendance of 24,000! The event will host many of the world's most respected Earth and space scientists, and showcase the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field. ASD is excited to be a part of this year’s event, participating with both a booth (#219) and a demo suite (MR1); ASD will be in the Exhibit Hall demonstrating the use of our FieldSpec® 4 and TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier instruments.

2016 ASD Webinar Season Series Summary

November 30, 2016

This year, ASD began a webinar series initiative whereby we invited some of our well known ASD spectrometer instrument users and customers to share and discuss their various and diverse application uses.

ASD is proud to be a global organization with an instrument install base representing over 60 countries worldwide. Education, communication and the sharing of information amongst our global base of ASD users is something that we would like to see and encourage more of future forward; thus, ASD is quite pleased that the no-charge informative webinars that we have provided and created for in 2016 have been successful in both beginning conversations and in attracting a crowd of interested registrants eager to hear and learn more!

We are truly appreciative; ASD would like to extend a LARGE thank you to our webinar speakers, our channel partners and all of the individuals who participated as registrants!

ASD is excited to announce that we will be continuing this webinar series in 2017. Please email us at nir.info@panalytical.com and let us know what you would like to see, and/or if you have interest in sharing your ASD instrument application on a webinar!

"It's not easy being green": a spectroscopic study of green pigments used in illuminated manuscripts

November 09, 2016

ASD’s November webinar speakers use an ASD FieldSpec® 4 instrument to non-invasively characterize paint mixtures, recipes and glazes used in historic pieces of art work and manuscripts. Using near infrared (NIR) technology, large amounts of data with comprehensive results are able to be acquired in short amounts of time with no damage to the analyzed object.

Timeline summarizing green pigments and mixtures identified on analyzed French manuscripts

 

Want to learn more? Read Dr. Paola Ricciardi’s article, “‘It’s not easy being green’: a spectroscopic study of green pigments used in illuminated manuscripts,” available for download on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website here.

 

What is an Illuminated Manuscript?

November 03, 2016

An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration or illustration, such as decorated initials, borders and miniatures. Illumination was costly and complex for surviving manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, and was therefore usually reserved for special books like an altar Bible, for example. Illuminated manuscripts are artistically significant and maintain historic ancient text documents by preserving their informative value.

Spectroscopy In Analyzing Works of Art

October 24, 2016

In their investigation into the origin of the Selden Map of China, Kogou, et al. used several analytical techniques to characterize the map. ASD's LabSpec® 4 near-infrared (NIR) analyzer was used to characterize the pigment and binding medium. Future work will include the use of near-infrared analysis for direct analysis of the map itself. The non-invasive nature of ASD's LabSpec 4, plus the easily positioned fiber optic probe, means that they will be able to analyze any location on the map rather than being restricted to just a few spots or detached fragments. You can read Kogou, et al.'s research article, here

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