The new PYRO microwave ashing system from Analytix is the most versatile and advanced muffle furnace currently available and dramatically reduces ashing times from hours to minutes using microwave enhanced heating.
The system offers a huge range of potential applications in one platform, such as ashing, sulphated ashing, loss on ignition (LOI), dietary fibres, fusion, sintering, large scale ashing, and all high-temperature reactions under controlled conditions. Safe sample preparation is ensured by removal of all odours and corrosive fumes through an integral exhaust whilst providing more comfortable working conditions by minimising heat loss to the laboratory.
The standard heating option provides high throughput with 24 samples handled simultaneously. The ultrafast heating option heats to 1,000°C in 8 minutes and is ideal when a fast result is required. All crucible types can be used – metal, porcelain, and quartz fibre.
The sulphated ashing accessory enables analysts to add sulphuric acid to samples and place crucibles directly into the muffle without the need for the preliminary charring step. Sulphuric acid fumes released from crucibles during the ashing are continuously removed by the system.
Even temperature distribution across the muffle eliminates cold spots and ensures reproducible ashing across all crucibles. The system provides auto-calculation of loss on ignition through interfacing with the analytical balance before and after ashing and can export the ashing profile in Excel or pdf format.
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