STP973

    New Automation Tools for the Metals Analysis Laboratory

    Published: Jan 1988


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    Abstract

    New tools are available to the chemist for use in automation and data management. These include intelligent instruments and commercially available software packages. These two components may be used as a foundation for assembling an automated analysis system. This allows the amount of custom software required to be kept to a minimum. We have used this strategy to assemble an automated metals analysis system. The system consists of a Mettler AE 163 balance, a Perkin-Elmer model 3030B atomic absorption spectrophotometer and an IBM PC/AT. The SYMPHONY software package provides a spreadsheet for calculations and a word processor for report generation. The link between the instruments and SYMPHONY is formed by two instrument control and data acquisition programs written in BASIC. Use of this system has resulted in the removal of potential errors due to manual data transcription and calculation, as well as time savings in analysis.

    Keywords:

    automation, data management, metals analysis, atomic absorption, spreadsheet


    Author Information:

    Owens, GD
    Staff chemist, staff chemist, technician, and technician, The Procter and Gamble Company, Miami Valley Laboratories, Cincinnati, OH

    Hammons, JL
    Staff chemist, staff chemist, technician, and technician, The Procter and Gamble Company, Miami Valley Laboratories, Cincinnati, OH

    Franklin, LC
    Staff chemist, staff chemist, technician, and technician, The Procter and Gamble Company, Miami Valley Laboratories, Cincinnati, OH

    Pekel, DB
    Staff chemist, staff chemist, technician, and technician, The Procter and Gamble Company, Miami Valley Laboratories, Cincinnati, OH


    Paper ID: STP26156S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E01.22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26156S


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