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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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Events – TAPPI Webinar

TAPPI Webinar Keit Spectrometers Jan 2022

Power of spectroscopy in chemical recovery & stickies monitoring

TAPPI Webinar January 18, 2022

Is there a way to improve chemical recovery through more powerful on-line monitoring techniques? How would you monitor the development of stickies in your process in real time with current technologies? Do you want to discover how this area of analytical techniques have adapted and attempt to achieve real-time analysis for better production insights?

Spectroscopy has the power to directly observe chemicals present in a sample. Monitoring chemical concentrations from on-line analysis is recognized as having the potential for significant impact on chemical recovery efficiencies as well as accuracy and speed of stickies monitoring. However, not all spectroscopies are the same. Join Keit’s Product & Application Manager, Dr. Jonathon Speed, at the upcoming TAPPI webinar January 18, 2022 as he presents a thorough comparison & contrast of on-line spectroscopies of the three major types of industrial techniques available to pulp and paper manufacturers – near-infrared (NIR), standard Fourier transform infrared (FTIR or mid-infrared) and the IRmadillo FTIR (innovation in mid-infrared).

Find out about the possibilities with technology and techniques for on-line monitoring of the top challenges in pulp & paper production.

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What will you gain from this webinar?

  • Understand the current top challenges with capturing on-line chemical concentration analysis in pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Describe the fundamentals of spectroscopy to enable process optimization in pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Distinguish strengths and weaknesses of near-infrared (NIR) and mid-infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies as in-process analytical techniques
  • Examine the basic chemistry involved in monitoring reduction efficiency and stickies formation
  • Assess how the IRmadillo and on-line spectroscopy can address analytical issues with real-time information for improved chemical recovery, monitoring the formation of stickies and overall process optimization

Jonathon will talk about the power behind spectroscopy, what makes each method different, the chemistry involved with monitoring reduction efficiency and stickie formation and efforts to analyze them on-line. More importantly, you’ll learn how advancement in spectroscopic analytical technology enables process optimization with real-time measurement of chemicals and properties of interest (i.e. reduction efficiency in chemical recovery for pulping, or sizing additives in paper making) as well as more difficult to measure concepts such as spotting stickies formation early.

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Couldn’t make it on the day? No problem, it’s been recorded and you can view it now!

About the Presenter: Dr. Jonathon Speed

Dr Jonathon Speed CChem is the Product and Applications Manager at Keit Spectrometers. Receiving both his Masters and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southampton, UK, Dr Speed has authored multiple publications in the field of vibrational spectroscopy for professional organisations including the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). His areas of expertise include nanotechnology, spectroscopy and the use of chemometrics to monitor and control industrial processes. He has published eight patents in the field of surface science. His most recent experience is in the use of FTIR spectroscopy to improve efficiency and safety for a range of industrial applications such as: pulp and paper manufacturing, fermentation, metals refining and fats & oils refining.  He has previously presented to TAPPI audiences at both the TAPPICon virtual and live 2021 conferences.

About Keit Spectrometers and the IRmadillo Process Analyser

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. They are built tough with fixed sampling probes and a vibration-tolerant design. The IRmadillo enables real-time process analysis of liquids in environments that challenge standard instrumentation enabling process optimisation & cost savings.

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High-Temperature IRmadilloDiamond

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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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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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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