ASTM D6621 - 00(2012)

    Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Process Analyzers for Aromatic Hydrocarbon Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D6621 | Developed by Subcommittee: D16.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Performance testing of on-line analyzers is critical to their proper performance within predictable levels of precision and accuracy. This practice can affect production efficiency and certification of aromatic hydrocarbon materials.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice serves as a practical guide for the performance testing of process stream analyzers specifically for measuring chemical or physical characteristics of liquid aromatic hydrocarbon materials for production or certification of these materials. The practice may be applicable to other hydrocarbon stream analyzers as well.

    1.2 Only external methods (complete substitution of the process stream with a standard) of control sample introduction are included. Internal methods are beyond the scope of this practice.

    1.3 Methods for resetting key operational parameters of analyzers to match predefined limits are provided by vendors and are not included in this practice.

    1.4 Analyzer validation procedures are covered in Practices D3764 and D6122, not in this practice.

    1.5 Procedures for statistically interpreting data from automatic sampling process stream analyzers are outlined.

    1.6 The implementation of this practice requires that the analyzer be installed according to APIRP-550 (1)2, and be in agreement with the analyzer supplier's recommendations. Also, it assumes that the analyzer is designed to monitor the specific material parameter of interest, and that at the time of initial or periodic validation, the analyzer was operating at the conditions specified by the manufacturer and consistently with the primary test method.

    1.7 The units of measure used in this practice shall be the same as those applicable to the test primary method used for analyzer validation.

    1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices, and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D3764 Practice for Validation of the Performance of Process Stream Analyzer Systems

    D4177 Practice for Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    D6122 Practice for Validation of the Performance of Multivariate Online, At-Line, and Laboratory Infrared Spectrophotometer Based Analyzer Systems

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

    E1655 Practices for Infrared Multivariate Quantitative Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352005(Aromatic or heterocyclic compounds)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6621-00R12

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