AMI 300 The Flagship Instrument
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Perform dynamic temperature-programmed catalyst characterization experiments unattended with the latest generation fully automated chemisorption analyzer from Altamira Instruments. Determine metal dispersion, relative activity, adsorption strength, in one third the time of traditional volumetric methods. Analyze the off gas with the standard TCD or integrate a mass spectrometer or other detectors (FID, GC, FTIR) as options. Customize the instrument for use as an atmospheric reactor, carry out lengthy pre-treatments, and provide fast-switched feed compositions. SSITKA capability and more features are also available. The leader in automated TPD/TPR/O/TPRx, and pulse chemisorption instruments since 1985, Altamira Instruments is the catalyst researcher’s primary resource for automated catalyst test instruments and bench-scale reactor systems.
Dynamic Chemisorption
The AMI-300 is the latest generation automated chemisorption analyzer offered by Altamira Instruments. Developed by and for catalyst researchers, it and its predecessors, the AMI-1, AMI-100, and the AMI-200, were first in the industry to offer a fully automated system capable of performing all the major dynamic techniques required for fully characterizing a catalyst. The AMI-300 utilizes our proven technology for performing the following dynamic procedures:
Up to 99 procedures can be linked together consecutively to provide a complete characterization experiment. All experimental procedures can be designed and stored for easy retrieval.
Hardware and Operation
The AMI-300 is a fully automated catalyst characterization instrument wherein the LabVIEW-based software is used to switch gas streams, control gas flow rates, blend gases, control temperatures, control ramp rates, and to collect all the data needed to quantify the adsorption and desorption of gas molecules on the surface of a catalyst
Computer Control And Data Acquisition
The AMI-300 is fully automated and computer-controlled for ease of operation and reliability. It is designed so that experiments can be run on an unattended basis. This PC, supplied with a Windows based operating system, can be networked and is capable of managing other laboratory tasks in addition to operation of the instrument. The control and data acquisition functions are performed by LabVIEW applications software. Using this software, a complete experiment can be set-up in minutes, and it can be saved for future use or modification. The control portion of the software controls and regulates all valve positions, temperatures, flow rates, and detector parameters. The software also allows for the use of an alarm matrix. Data acquisition occurs at a selected rate for optimum performance. An “Overview” screen shows the status of the unit at a glance, providing information on the position of all valves, type of gas connected to each port, temperatures, and detector signal. Lines change color to illustrate the current flow path. In manual mode any valve can be switched just by a click of the mouse on its icon. Gas flow and temperature setpoints can be entered from this screen.The most sophisticated data handling package in the industry is included which allows the user to display and integrate signal peaks, calculate chemisorptive parameters, peak fit, and overlay data.
Choices of auxiliary detectors have included:
Any detector that provides an analog output or which can communicate through DDE, Serial ports, OPC, ActiveX, or other Windows protocols can be triggered by the AMI-300. The degree to which the auxiliary detection device is to be integrated with the instrument can be specified and incorporated into the control software.
The AMI-300 comes standard with a highly linear TCD. In addition to the TCD, AMI instruments have been delivered with a wide range of auxiliary detection devices.
Deconvolution of hydrogen TPD from a 64% Ni/SiO2 catalyst. Different peaks correspond to different adsorbed species
Gas Blending
The AMI-300 comes standard with gas blending capabilities that avoid any need to purchase expensive gas blends to conduct experiments such as TPR or TPO. The AMI-300 includes an auxiliary gas line by means of which a gas can be mixed with the carrier gas to provide custom-blended gases. An in-line static gas mixer assures homogeneity of the resulting blend.
Altamira Instruments was founded by catalyst researchers. We understand your requirements. Our experts are available to answer your questions and help in your applications. Our strength lies in being able to customize a system to meet your exact needs. Examples of some of Altamira’s instrument customizations include:
Pulse chemisorption, TPR/TPO, TPD, TPRx, treatment, pulse calibration, and flow BET. Ability to link 99 procedures into one experiment.
In addition to a carrier gas and a treatment gas, the AMI-300 provides one additional independently controlled auxiliary gas inlet which can be blended with the carrier gas or treatment gas.
Gas ports located on the back of the instrument minimizes the time expended changing gases. Four ports each for treatment and carrier gases. Two ports are available for gas blending or auxiliary gases. Additional ports can be added.
Unit uses high quality linear mass flow controllers to display and control gas flows. Flow rate span is 0-50 Sccm (standard). Other ranges are available upon request.
Provide an easy way to reach the appropriate level of sensitivity for different samples.
Unit can be equipped with a heated sparger-type saturator for easy introduction of volatile liquids.
Temperature up to 1200ºC; with sub-ambient cooling, the lower limit is -130ºC. Furnace can be linearly ramped from 1ºC/min to 50ºC/min.
Cools the furnace rapidly for quick sample turn around.
Measured by a moveable thermocouple placed at the top of the sample bed.
Unit accommodates a variety of quartz U-tubes sized to accommodate various catalyst volumes and sizes: straight, bubble, preheat, monolith. Samples may be powders, pellets, extrudates or honeycomb cores.
A movable furnace allows easy removing and loading of the sample holder.
A trap that may be filled with a desiccant or used as a cold trap is provided downstream of the sample holder in order to remove condensables before the TCD.
Ensures accurate calibration pulses without contact with the sample.
A syringe injection port is provided for exact loop volume calibration.
All lines, valves, and parts of the liquid vaporizer are heated to prevent condensation.
Highly reliable 4-filament TCD used to quantify gas uptakes. Excellent linearity, accuracy, sensitivity, and stability. Several filament options are available.
MS data can be integrated in real-time with AMI-300 data using Direct Data Exchange (DDE).
Can accept any auxiliary detector providing a voltage analog output, such as a flame ionization detector (FID)
Low volume valves and 1/16” lines are used to reduce void volume and minimize peak spreading.
Seals and materials are custom engineered to meet your specifications.
Among others: independent over-temperature protectors for furnace, resealable pressure relief valves, check valves, circuit breakers, and fuses. System is designed to fail in safe mode.
ensure to eliminate carryover of light particles of sample into the instrument manifold with the provision of filters and the operator is able to clean or replace the filters
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