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Keit Signs Distributor Agreement with ASTRO34 for Sale of IRmadillo in Brazil

Keit is delighted to announce a signed distribution agreement with ASTRO34, an established supplier of analytical instrumentation in Brazil. The agreement enables ASTRO34 to support the sale of Keit’s rugged IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer in the Brazilian market.

Dan Wood, CEO, Keit stated “We’ve been working with ASTRO34 for some time. We’ve watched with interest the development of our technology matching the needs of the major industries in Brazil – including ethanol production, pulp & paper manufacturing and edible oil refining – all of which play a significant role in the global market. This is the perfect time to formalise a distributor agreement in this area as interest is picking up for the IRmadillo in Brazil”.

Dan continued “ASTRO34 has the expertise, knowledge and experience to work with Keit’s tough, mid-infrared analyser. They recognise the benefits of continuous, real-time chemical analysis that the IRmadillo provides to manufacturers. We are excited and confident that ASTRO34 will demonstrate how these companies can optimise production, improve profitability and slimline output using a more practical, no-nonsense monitoring instrument”.

Felipe Aquino, CEO, ASTRO34 commented “We are very happy to be part of Keit’s distribution team, and excited to promote their technology in Brazil.  We are confident that the IRmadillo is the best solution for process control on critical QA parameters in production lines. The high performance of the instrument along with the expert team members from both ASTRO34 and Keit will deliver immediate results with improved yield and increased profits to all our customers”.

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About Keit Spectrometers & IRmadillo™

Based on the Harwell Campus in South Oxfordshire, England, Keit Spectrometers provides in-line process monitoring of liquids with rugged technology. The IRmadillo is built tough and enables real-time chemical analysis of liquids at the point of production that challenge standard instrumentation.  More robust than any other conventional process analysis instrument, the Keit IRmadillo changes how manufacturers can monitor and control their processes in the Biofuels, Pulp & Paper, Fats & Oils, Industrial Biotechnology, and Chemical industries.

About ASTRO34

Since 2003, ASTRO34 Advanced Scientific Technologies has been serving the Brazilian market with high-performance analytical instrumentation for improved process analysis and support. ASTRO34 is the Brazilian leader in the introduction of novel scientific technologies for industrial quality and process control. With state-of-the-art equipment, their team of highly skilled engineers, scientists and technicians offer the best analytical solutions to manufacturers’ day-to-day challenges. www.astro34.com.br

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Keit announces plans for ultrasonic descaler for the IRmadilloDiamond

Improving performance of industrial process analyser in chemically scaling processes

Oxford, United Kingdom 

Keit is pleased to announce plans to incorporate ultrasonic descaling into its product offering as a means to keep the IRmadillo process analyser operational in chemically scaling environments.  

Many industrial processes involving inorganic salts and compounds have inherent scale formation – for example, gibbsite formation in alumina refining, or pirssonite formation in pulp making. ATR (attenuated total reflectance) based analytical instruments have traditionally been susceptible to fouling and scaling, rendering them unsuitable for these environments. Keit has demonstrated that the use of ultrasound – typically in the range of 20,000 to 40,000 Hz – effectively removes scale from the ATR of the IRmadilloDiamond probes.  

This exciting development means Keit will be working with third-party suppliers of ultrasonic equipment to create an all-inclusive solution for incorporation into an IRmadillo installation suited to a wide range of environments. Initially this will be focused on process monitoring of alumina refining and pulp manufacturing, but has implications for all metals, mining and minerals (MMM) applications, as well as extending to removing biofilms during monitoring of industrial biotechnology applications. 

About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Analysers

Used around the globe, Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared instruments to provide in-line, in situ process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments. Built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant optical design, IRmadillo process analysers enable real-time analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation. 

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Keit’s Newest High-Temperature IRmadilloDiamond for Monitoring Processes up to 220°C (428°F)

Rugged industrial FTIR process analyser with increased temperature compatibility 

Oxford, United Kingdom

Keit is pleased to announce the release of its high-temperature IRmadilloDiamond analyser for liquid processes up to 220°C (428°F). The in-line, diamond-ATR instrument has been designed to provide continuous, real-time analysis of processes over a wider range of analyte temperatures for faster monitoring and control of industrial processes.

Industrial Process Monitoring Technology

Dan Wood, CEO, Keit stated “The IRmadilloDiamond is a robust mid-infrared analyser. It performs over a full pH range and can be installed directly into production lines with analyte temperatures ranging from ‑20°C up to 220°C. This makes it ideal for industries such as Pulp and Paper that operate with high-temperature processes under similarly harsh conditions. It’s a challenge for them to find real-time analytical techniques that work”.

Dan elaborated “We’ve been working with several pulp mills in the analysis of green, white and black liquor streams in the kraft process. We’ve successfully proven the ability to monitor key components that affect the safety and efficiency of the recovery boiler and the recausticing process with the aim of improving the efficiency of the chemical recovery process. The IRmadillo can help them achieve real-time monitoring”.

“Another industry that benefits from the high-temperature IRmadilloDiamond”, continued Dan, “is the alumina refining sector where conditions are brutal on standard monitoring instrumentation. The rugged IRmadilloDiamond gives alumina refiners immediate concentration analysis of such chemicals as caustic soda. Being able to measure this throughout the refining process allows for better control of chemical addition. It minimises waste, reduces energy consumption and improves production efficiency to reduce costs”.

IRmadillo and Industry 4.0

Dan concluded “But the appeal of the IRmadilloDiamond’s higher temperature range also applies to other industries including bulk and specialty chemical manufacturers. In the end, as all of these industries align themselves with Industry 4.0 principles, the IRmadilloDiamond is the process analytical technology that allows them to move their monitoring in-line with production processes for real-time analysis and improved control”.

About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Analysers

Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared (FTIR) instruments to provide in-line, in situ process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments. Built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant optical design, IRmadillo process analysers enable real-time process analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation.  www.keit.co.uk/irmadillo-process-analyser/

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IRmadillo Receives Japanese Hazardous Area Certification

Keit’s IRmadillo in-line process analyser certified safe for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

Oxford, United Kingdom

Keit is delighted to announce the receipt of Japanese hazardous area (Ex) certification for the IRmadillo — Keit’s process analyser for industrial, in-line analysis of liquids. This certification confirms that the IRmadillo complies with all Japanese safety requirements for electrical equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres and authorises its use in Japan for those manufacturers requiring certification.

Rugged Analytical Instrument

Dan Wood, CEO, Keit commented “The IRmadillo FTIR spectrometer is unlike any other. It has proven to be extremely capable. It is vibration tolerant, compact and tough, built to function under challenging conditions whilst installed directly in-line to manufacturing processes”. Dan continued “It has already received other hazardous area certifications such as ATEX and IECEx. Now with this additional certification, our customers in Japan have assurance that it meets their national safety standards. It now allows them greater choices in analytical technology for safely monitoring their processes particularly for industries such as chemical and pharmaceutical that may operate in potentially hazardous environments. The IRmadillo gives them a great advantage with real-time analysis for optimisation of their manufacturing processes when safety is an issue”.

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About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo 

Based in the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, England, Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared instruments to provide in-line process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments – including those most challenging.  Ex certified and built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant design, the IRmadillo enables real-time chemical reaction analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation.

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Keit Increases Process Compatibility of the IRmadilloDiamond CE Process Analyser

Oxford, United Kingdom

Keit is pleased to announce increased process compatibility of its IRmadilloDiamond CE process analyser.  The in-line, diamond-tipped analyser has been upgraded for improved resilience to thermal shock, the ability to perform over a wider range of analyte temperatures and compatibility with cleaning processes that were previously reserved for the IRmadilloDiamond Bio version.  Communication and power connections have also been streamlined for increased ease of use.

Industrial Process Monitoring Technology

The IRmadilloDiamond CE becomes Keit’s go-to instrument for harsh manufacturing conditions in non-Ex environments. It has a full-range of pH compatibility, a resilient low-energy emitter, and the ability to be installed directly into production lines and vessels with analyte temperatures ranging from -20°C up to +130°C. In addition to the ability to leave in place during clean-in-place (CIP), and sterilise-in-place (SIP) processes, Keit has also improved systems connectivity making it easier for clients to set up, install and run. 

Value of In-Line Monitoring with the IRmadillo

Dan Wood, CEO, elaborated on the value of the IRmadillo “In-line spectroscopic analysis provides information-rich data in real-time, enabling faster decisions on controlling processes to improve quality and reduce cost. Having a device that can remain in place during a process and tell you what’s going on inside the vessel or pipeline is invaluable to industries concentrating on making every production step efficient such as Chemical, Pulp & Paper, Biofuels, and Industrial Biotechnology”. Dan continued “Keit continues to produce innovation with technology that can reliably and swiftly monitor processes that most standard analytical instruments just can’t handle”. 

About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Analysers

Used around the globe, Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared instruments to provide in-line, in situ process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments. Built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant optical design, IRmadillo process analysers enable real-time process analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation. www.keit.co.uk/irmadillo-process-analyser/

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IRmadillo “…stable, robust, precise…”

Keit’s IRmadillo purchased by leading forest products company

Oxford, United Kingdom: Keit is pleased to announce the sale of an IRmadilloDiamond process analyser to a leading international company in the forest industry sector for monitoring production processes in a manufacturing facility.  The company’s Senior Development Engineer responsible for the selection stated “During the long-time testing and demonstrations we have found IRmadillo to be stable, robust, precise and well suited for industrial on-line applications”.

Dan Wood, CEO, Keit, commented “Sales of the IRmadillo continue on a positive trend as we see more and more manufacturers seeking advanced on-line technologies for improvements in process monitoring along with increased automation. The latest sale to a leading forest products company is an indicator that the IRmadillo provides a clear solution to industries that seek out efficiencies through better monitoring and control of their processes. The customer’s statement regarding the IRmadillo’s stability, robustness and precision tells me that we’ve achieved what we set out to do with the IRmadillo as an industrial on-line analyser”.

Dan Wood concluded “As always, our goal is to help companies reduce waste and provide continuous improvement to the quality of their manufacturing processes. With a practical, no-nonsense instrument like the IRmadillo, we can promote improved process yields, throughputs and understanding. We are excited to see the IRmadillo help yet another client make faster, better decisions on their production processes”.

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Based out of the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, England, Keit Spectrometers has created the IRmadillo to provide on-line, in situ process analysis of liquids through pioneering technology. The IRmadillo process analyser is built tough with a fixed sampling probe and a vibration-tolerant optical design. It enables real-time chemical reaction analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation.

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Chris Piper Joins Keit as Sales Manager – North America

Keit is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Piper as the new Sales Manager, North America.  Chris comes to Keit with an exceptional 20-year career of technical sales in analytical, process automation and remote sensing technologies. Chris has successfully demonstrated business leadership in managing complex sales to deliver value across the chemical, petrochemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, agricultural and animal-feed industries. His professional background is rooted in supporting industrial manufacturers with process NIR, UV, UV-vis, and other hyperspectral imaging instrumentation.

Most recently Chris has been responsible for regional North American sales, along with managing global channel partners, at Headwall Photonics, tec5USA and Prozess Technologie. Throughout his career, Chris’ success has been driven by providing his clients with improved return on investment through advanced technology.

At Keit, Chris will be managing sales across North America, introducing the rugged IRmadillo process analyzer to key industry markets. He will be responsible for creating new business opportunities and supporting the Keit presence by offering our customers a powerful option for real-time process analysis with the IRmadillo. Chris brings valuable experience with a drive to excel that will benefit our customers, our partners and all our stakeholders.  We welcome Chris to the Keit team.

Meet up with Chris at several of our upcoming conferences.  He will be attending:

  • FEW 2021 (13-15 July, Minneapolis, MN)
  • TAPPIcon Live 2021 (3-6 Oct, Atlanta, GA)
  • SIMB’s RAFT 2021 (7-10 Nov, Bonita Springs, FL)

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About Keit Spectrometers & the IRmadillo

Keit Spectrometers provides rugged technology for on-line process analysis of liquids with the IRmadillo.  Based in England, Keit provides clients around the world with a real-time solution for industrial process monitoring.  The IRmadillo’s rugged design enables manufacturing industries to optimize their processes with faster production decisions, saving them time and money.  www.keit.co.uk

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New High-Temperature IRmadillo25H

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Keit’s New in-line Process Analyser, IRmadillo25H, with compatibility of processes in liquids up to 220°C 

Oxford, United Kingdom

 Keit is proud to introduce the IRmadillo25H – a new high-temperature model in the family of IRmadillo process analysers. The IRmadillo25H is Keit’s newest option for industrial in-line monitoring of liquid processes at analyte temperatures up to 220°C. As an additional benefit, the high-temperature model is ATEX and IECEx certified safe for use in hazardous environments.  

Increased Temperature Range

Dan Wood, CEO, Keit, commented on the increased temperature range compatibility Many of our customers, particularly in the chemical and petrochemical industries have processes that run at elevated temperaturesWe’ve designed our IRmadillo probes to be rugged and remain in line over a range of operating and process conditions.  The IRmadillo25H fills the gap for those manufacturers needing an accurate and reliable in-line monitor for high-temperature processes in Ex environments”.

Process Monitoring Technology

Dan elaborated on the value of the IRmadillo An in situ spectroscopic analyser brings production engineers closer to achieving the goals of Industry 4.0. Specifically, in-line spectroscopic analysis provides information-rich data in real-time, enabling faster decisions on controlling processes to improve quality and reduce cost. Having a device that can remain in place during a process and tell you what’s going on inside the vessel or pipeline is invaluable to industries concentrating on making every production step efficient”. Dan continued “Keit continues to produce innovation with technology that can reliably and swiftly monitor processes that most standard analytical instruments just can’t handle”. 

About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Analysers

Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared instruments to provide in-line, in situ process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments Now with a high-temperature model, Keit provides a wide range of options for a variety of manufacturing environments. All built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant optical design, the IRmadillo process analysers enable real-time chemical process analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation. www.keit.co.uk/irmadillo-process-analyser/

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Keit’s Presentation at the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) #WebinarWednesday

Keit’s Product & Application Manager, Dr. Jonathon Speed, presented at the American Oil Chemists Society’s (AOCS’) weekly webinar series an in-depth review of challenges that the edible oils industry faces in generating real-time monitoring data with current process analytical technologies (PAT) and the subsequent development of the robust FTIR, the IRmadillo.  In it, Dr. Speed has highlighted not only the the difficulties, but how the IRmadillo was developed to become an on-line industrial process analyser with the ability to monitor a range of components including free fatty acids (FFA), fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), and others. The presentation entitled The Development of a Robust Spectrometer for On-line & Real-Time Monitoring of Oil Quality was recorded on 3rd June and is accessible for viewing.

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About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Analysers

Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared instruments to provide in-line process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments – including those most challenging. Now with two choices, the IRmadillo25 and the IRmadilloDiamond,both are built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant design. They enable real-time chemical reaction analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation. www.keit.co.uk

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IRmadilloDiamond Receives ATEX & IECEx Certifications

Keit’s Diamond Model of In-Line Process Analyser now Ex Certified: Safe for use in Hazardous & Potentially Explosive Environments

Oxford, United Kingdom

Keit is delighted to announce the receipt of ATEX and IECEx certifications for the IRmadilloDiamond –  Keit’s process analyser with a diamond-ATR tipped probe for industrial, in-line analysis of liquids. The European and globally recognized Ex certifications confirm the IRmadilloDiamond safe for use in hazardous environments including potentially explosive ones. This is a requirement for many operators in process industries whose production processes frequently involve potentially explosive atmospheres.

The standard model of the IRmadillo (IRamdillo25) has already received Ex certifications. Now Keit’s customers can benefit from the option of a diamond-ATR model enabling those industries a choice in their analytical technology for a variety of operating environments. A distinguishing feature of the IRmadilloDiamond is the inherent hardiness of the diamond ATR to tolerate a pH range of 0 to 14, along with a natural resistance to abrasion and overall general abuse. Importantly, for all IRmadillos, the ability to remain in place in the pipework during production processes leads to a decrease in production downtime and safety issues. As a result, production managers and engineers have the information they need to monitor, control and optimize a wide range of processes in real time.

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About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Analysers

Based in the Harwell Campus in South Oxfordshire, England, Keit has created the family of IRmadillo mid-infrared instruments to provide in-line process analysis of liquids over a variety of operating environments – including those most challenging. Now with two choices, the IRmadillo25 and the IRmadilloDiamond, both are Ex certified and built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant design. They enable real-time chemical reaction analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation.

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