Technology

HIGHER PRECISION AND TEST THROUGHPUT

Ever since its debut, MPC series Pour/Cloud Point Testers have proven its advantages in various spectrum and at a number of occasions.

PP WITH HIGHER PRECISION

Evaluation made by our users proved superior precision for Pour Point (PP) determination.
When PP is tested at 1 degree intervals,

*Repeatability: 1 degree
*Reproducibility: 2 degree

This high precision was achieved by adopting the proprietary "air pressurizing method" that detects a slight movement of specimen surface caused by applying a weak static air pressure, which gives a minimum disturbance to the formation of wax crystal network or increased viscosity. Now, PP can be controlled at a narrower control window. (The automated tilting apparatus as well as the original manual tilting apparatus have been known to give excessive and/or unpredictable amount of disturbance, which contributed to the poor precision in the past.)

HIGHER TEST THROUGHPUT

1. Rapid cooling:

While improving the precision, steepest cooling rate possible was sought. Time needed for a typical PP(and/or CP) determination has been cut in half or less, which means a Tanaka MPC series with 3 test-heads(*1) is equivalent to the conventional automatic tilting apparatus with 6 test-heads, in terms of test throughput.

Tab.1 Typical time required for PP determination of various sample types
Sample Type Pour Point Test Time (*2) Test Time by MPC
Diesel Fuel Oils -10 degree 80 min 30 min
Diesel Fuel Oils -32.5 degree 140 min 45 min
Light Fuel Oils -12.5 degree 140 min 30 min
Light Fuel Oils -27.5 degree 80 min 35 min
Heavy Fuel Oils -10 degree 90 min 55 min
Heavy Fuel Oils (*3) -20 degree 115 min 60 min
*1
Model MPC-302 is the 3 test-heads version,
Model MPC-102 is the one test-head version,
Model MPC-602 is the 6 test-heads version.
*2
Equivalent to ASTM D5950 test method by an automatic tilting apparatus
*3
Heavy fuel oil samples have been pre-heated at 45 degree prior to testing,
which stretched the testing time.
(Above data has been taken by a refinery laboratory in Japan.
Note that under the current Japanese Industrial Standard for PP determination,
PP is determined at a 2.5 degree interval,
which is the reason the PPs in the above table are in the multiple of 2.5 degree.)

2. Consecutive Cloud Point-Pour Point determination

When both PP and CP are called, while on a typical automatic tilting apparatus CP and PP need to be determined by separate test heads, Tanaka MPC series determines CP and then PP in one test cycle and in one test head. This doubles the productivity of the apparatus. (With the rapid cooling which already cuts the PP test in half, when both CP and PP need to be determined, the overall test throughput is 4 times that of a conventional automatic tilting apparatus.)