Press Releases: 2024

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May

The OptiReader is a reliable, accurate instrument for certifying fuels for aviation.

HOUSTON, TEXAS / May 7, 2024

PAC, a global leader in the manufacture of analytical instruments, is pleased to announce that the OptiReader™ has been approved for inclusion in the revised ASTM standards D1655-24 and D7566-24. This development positions the OptiReader as one of the key tools for certifying jet fuel and synthetic aviation fuel (SAF) for use in commercial and military aviation.

The OptiReader is an ellipsometric jet fuel thermal oxidation heater tube scanner designed for precise and rapid testing. It provides pass/fail results in less than 10 minutes and is fully automated, requiring no specialized training. Compliance with the latest ASTM standards means the OptiReader can be used to validate jet fuel and SAF according to industry benchmarks, contributing to the safe and efficient operation of aviation systems.

"We’re excited to announce the OptiReader is now listed in jet fuel standards ASTM D1655 and D7566. With this new development, the OptiReader, which measures the fuel deposit depths on heater tubes used in the ASTM D3241 JFTOT test, can now serve as a key test for certifying jet fuel and synthetic aviation fuel (SAF) for use in commercial and military aviation," said Ian Mitchell, Group Product Manager for Physical Properties at PAC.

The OptiReader's unique features and benefits make it a valuable addition to any aviation fuel testing laboratory:

High Precision: The OptiReader uses advanced multi-wavelength ellipsometry technology to deliver highly accurate test results with precision in accordance with ASTM D3241 requirements.

Automated and User-Friendly: The system is fully automated and features a large, user-friendly touchscreen interface, making it easy to operate without the need for specialized training or analytical knowledge.

Fast and Reliable Results: Full 2D and 3D thickness mapping, defining maximum deposit thickness and volume, is achieved in less than 10 minutes. The automated pass/fail validation minimizes human error and increases efficiency.

Integrated Data Management: The OptiReader can generate a single unified report that combines results from the JFTOT test and the OptiReader analysis. This feature streamlines data integration and provides a comprehensive view of test outcomes.

Integrated Data Management: The OptiReader can generate a single unified report that combines results from the JFTOT test and the OptiReader analysis. This feature streamlines data integration and provides a comprehensive view of test outcomes.

About PAC

PAC is a leading global manufacturer of advanced analytical instruments, delivering solutions for the petrochemical, hydrocarbon, process, aviation, packaging, pharmaceutical, renewable fuel, and medical device industries since 1931. PAC is headquartered in Houston, Texas and is a subsidiary of Indicor, LLC.

March

PACe supports a seamless transition of compatible PAC instruments into an integrated digital platform.

HOUSTON, TEXAS / March 26, 2024

PAC, a global leader in the manufacture of analytical instrumentation, proudly introduces PACe – a cloud-based digital platform designed to connect compatible PAC instruments. This platform provides customers with real-time insights to help drive efficient decisions regarding asset management, operational workflow, and service diagnostics.

In a rapidly changing landscape marked by economic uncertainties, supply chain disruptions, and the pursuit of net-zero emissions goals, PAC recognizes the pivotal role of digital transformation in fostering competitiveness and resilience for its customers. By leveraging extensive domain knowledge, global service capabilities, and industry-leading analytical instrumentation, PAC offers PACe as an innovative solution to support customers in their digital transformation, achieve IoT goals, and optimize laboratory efficiency.

PACe combines asset management, instrument insights, and preventative maintenance within an easy-to-deploy cloud-based architecture. By integrating seamlessly into existing IT infrastructures, PACe delivers faster, richer data, improves product margins for maximum throughput, and offers automated, real-time condition monitoring — all with regards to each organization’s safety protocols, compliancy standards, and cybersecurity programs.

A powerful tool designed to assist customers in optimizing their assets and operations, PACe refines workflow by leveraging intelligent data to forecast capacity and calculate costs – unifying the functionality of compatible PAC instruments and operational software across laboratories within the same organization.

It serves as a singular platform for accessing, analyzing, and utilizing measured and calculated data, offering features and diagnostics to meet current and future customer needs.

“The PACe platform is a remarkable advancement for PAC customers that are embracing digital transformation,” said Pete Morris, President of PAC. “Integrating PAC instruments with the digital platform offers customers improved efficiency and workflow, and helps enable informed decision-making backed by real-time data and continuous monitoring.”

For additional information about PACe, please contact your local PAC representative.

About PAC

PAC is a leading global manufacturer of advanced analytical instruments, delivering solutions for the petrochemical, hydrocarbon, process, aviation, packaging, pharmaceutical, renewable fuel, and medical device industries since 1931. PAC is headquartered in Houston, Texas and is a subsidiary of Indicor, LLC.

April

SeNSe2 uses chemiluminescence to conduct speciated sulfur and nitrogen detection to achieve regulatory compliance, protect catalysts, and maximize product quality.

HOUSTON, TEXAS / April 4, 2024

PAC announces the launch of SeNSe2, its latest sulfur/nitrogen selective detector for gas chromatography (GC) applications. Sulfur and nitrogen detection are necessary in various processes across diverse market spaces. Addressing the need for speciation beyond total content reporting, SeNSe2 uses the chemiluminescence detection methods to achieve enhanced sensitivity, baseline stability, equimolarity, and optimized flexibility needed for seamless integration into laboratory environments.

Designed for ease of use, SeNSe2 simplifies speciated sulfur and nitrogen detection, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, safeguarding catalysts, improving product quality, and creating safer working conditions.

SeNSe2 has an automatic detector functionality check made possible by its innovative G-Cal permeation device. Regular GC maintenance and even column replacement can be done without detector shutdown. The accessibility of the detector is made easier with removable panels and fast ceramics replacement. Its 7” touchscreen interface provides valuable insights into detector diagnostics and error logs, contributing to a user-friendly experience. The standalone automated leak and pressure check ensures an outstanding performance. Moreover, SeNSe2 is compatible with most manufacturers' GCs, ensuring hassle-free installation.

SeNSe2 can be used in a simple configuration or as part of a turnkey solution for various applications, including natural gas, benzene, light petroleum liquids, and more. SeNSe2 provides solutions for ASTM D5504, ASTM D5623, ASTM D7011, ASTM D7807, and custom applications, such as carbonyl sulfide in propylene gas and nitric oxide in ethylene, are also available upon request.

“Addressing the critical need for constant monitoring of sulfur and nitrogen species in refining processes, SeNSe2 ensures accurate and reliable detection, even at the lowest levels,” said Nicole M. Lock, product manager. “With unparalleled sensitivity, linearity, and long-term stability,” she continued, “SeNSe2 is poised to revolutionize sulfur and nitrogen detection in gas chromatography applications.”

In terms of detection capabilities, SeNSe2 excels in both low limit detection and linearity. It can detect concentrations below 0.15 pgS/sec and maintains four decades of linearity, setting a new standard in sulfur and nitrogen detection for gas chromatography applications.

About PAC

PAC is a leading global manufacturer of advanced analytical instruments, delivering solutions for the petrochemical, hydrocarbon, process, aviation, packaging, pharmaceutical, renewable fuel, and medical device industries since 1931. PAC is headquartered in Houston, Texas and is a subsidiary of Indicor, LLC.

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