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    Microprocessor-Based Determinator Design and the Impact of Future Trends in the Area of Computer-Controlled Automation of Analytical Chemistry Methods

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    The design of analytical instrumentation has always made use of the latest electronic technology to provide the fastest and most accurate methods for analysis. The present and the future is no different than the past. Computer and microprocessor technology offers solutions to analytical problems that until this period of time had to be lived with.

    Designers, while holding on to basic analytical techniques, cannot incorporate corrections for previously known but uncontrollable factors. Computer and microprocessor based design offers the designer the capability of automating manual analytical methods that previously were simply too complex. The design of such systems follows the same exacting evaluation process as used in the past. Evaluations for the most efficient extraction, isolation or separation, detection, signal process, and systems control methods are made and compiled to result in a fast, accurate, and easy to use system.

    The combination of electronics, electro-mechanics, and analytical methods is continuing with the advent and development of robotics. Combined with the technology of todays instrumentation robotics can offer further productivity and efficiency of the analytical lab.


    chemical analysis, computers, element extraction, element isolation, metal ions, gaseous element detection, analytical techniques, elemental oxides, sensitivity of detection, multiple regression, slope response, background element

    Author Information:

    Fricioni, RB
    Vice-president of Research and Development, Leco Corporation, St. Joseph, MI

    Committee/Subcommittee: E03.16

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28599S