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UK’s National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Ocean-going lab … the realtest of a nutrient analyzer
The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. As such, the NOC has a heavy requirement for seawater analysis. However, in addition to analytical work at the NOC’s facilities in Southampton and Liverpool, the organisation's researchers also need to be able to analyse samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow analyzers (SFAs) - the AA3 and the QuAAtro.
“The QuAAtro is the workhorse of our Southampton laboratory,” says the NOC’s Dr Sinhue Torres-Valdes. “It has a compact footprint and provides automatic analysis of large numbers of samples, with only small sample volumes required. The AA3 is employed for ‘on-ship’ analysis because as a modular SFA it is easier to maintain in the event of any problems whilst away from shore.”
Wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the NOC is a leading institution for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development, tackling the greatest environmental challenges of our age, including sea level change, the oceans’ role in climate change, predicting and simulating the behaviour of the oceans through computer modelling, and long-term monitoring technologies.
The NOC's analyzers are managed by Mark Stinchcombe who has been with the organisation for around 13 years following an MSc in Oceanography at the University of Southampton. He says: "Prior to the purchase of the SEAL equipment, we were experiencing poor reproducibility with older equipment; rough weather was affecting the baseline and we suspected that was due to the movement of a filament inside a light source inside one our analyzers during rough seas. We therefore acquired the SEAL analyzers because they are robust and unaffected by the rigours of a ship in the mid-Atlantic."
In addition to the ability to operate both at sea and in a land based laboratory, Mark also requires three other important features in his analytical instrumentation. First, he needs the ability to analyse large numbers of samples very quickly because, whilst at sea, he can be responsible for analysing samples from a number of scientists simultaneously, and also because his land based laboratory at the NOC provides an analytical service to a broad community encompassing research scientists, students and a number of industrial clients. Secondly, with samples coming from a wide variety of different sources, including seawater, estuarine waters, pore water, phytoplankton culture and biological samples, he needs to be able to measure a broad range of concentrations. Thirdly, he requires low detection limits so that his work is not limited when measuring at low levels. SEAL SFAs are therefore ideal for Mark's work, offering high sample throughput with low sample volume, which reduces both cost and waste.
The SEAL analyzers provide low detection limits with excellent reproducibility. At first they were employed to measure nitrate+nitrite, nitrite, silicate, ammonium and total dissolved nitrogen. However, the NOC also needs to be able to analyse total dissolved phosphorus, and whilst this method was not available as standard for seawater, SEAL’s technical support staff have worked with Mark and Sinhue to adapt a freshwater total phosphorous method to meet the NOC’s needs. “The development of this new method took years to refine, but we have been delighted with the result,” Sinhue says.
The range of projects supported by these analyzers is diverse, including for example, work to assess ocean acidification and ocean biogeochemistry; including ocean productivity, nutrient biogeochemical cycles and research to understand how currents distribute nutrients in the ocean. The analyzers are also employed to check the data recorded by 'Ferryboxes' - real-time continuous monitors mounted inside flow-through chambers to measure the quality of water that is pumped from a subsurface inlet as ferries travel from port to port.
SEAL Analytical’s President Stuart Smith says: “We are delighted to be involved with the work at the NOC and it is particularly pleasing that we have been able to develop a new method specifically to meet their needs. This is an excellent example of the way in which we are continually looking for ways to refine and improve instrument software and hardware, working closely with customers to ensure that they get the most out of their SEAL analyzers.
“Instrument manufacturers often claim that their equipment is robust and reliable but by successfully using the AA3 both onshore and offshore, Mark has shown that ours is no idle boast. Around the world, seawater analysis is becoming a very popular application for our segmented flow analyzers, and it is very gratifying that we are contributing to the success of the important work that is being undertaken at the NOC.”
Mark explains the advantages of the SEAL SFA instruments in a brief video:
Wednesday 16th March 2017
NOC's AA3 Segmented Flow Analyzer
NOC's QuAAtro Segmented Flow Analyzer
RRS James Cook
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SEAL Analytical EMEA Distributor of the year 2015 Omniprocess, Sweden
Petter Holmström of Omniprocess, has been awarded SEAL Distributor of the Year 2015. Below, Petter is seen accepting the award from Stuart Smith and Jens Neubauer of SEAL Analytical during the 2016 EMEA Distribution partner’s meeting in the Hamburg, Germany training and Manufacturing site of SEAL Analytical.
SEAL Distributer of the year is decided from a number of factors including the Distributor who has attained most business from identifying and developing new markets, total sales and increase over prior year. Omniprocess enjoyed strong growth in 2015 selling the most SEAL discrete analysers, achieving record system sales and record increase over the prior year.
We congratulate Petter and the Omniprocess team and wish them much success in 2016.
Wednesday 16th March 2016
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SEAL Distributor of the year 2015 Tianjin Zhong Tong LIMITED
Joseph Zhang, owner of Tianjin Zhongtong LIMITED, has been awarded SEAL Distributor of the Year 2015. Below Joseph is seen accepting the award from Ian Stirling of SEAL Analytical.
SEAL Distributor of the year is decided from a number of factors including the Distributor who has attained most business from identifying and developing new markets, total sales and increase over prior year. Tianjin Zhongtong enjoyed strong growth in 2015 selling the most SEAL discrete analysers, achieving record system sales and record increase over the prior year.
We congratulate Joseph and his team and wish them much success in 2016.
Tuesday 4th February 2016
By letter and by email
SEAL Analytical Ltd has relocated
In response to customer demand, SEAL have recently added new recruits to our Technical and Sales Support staff in the UK.
As our growth has continued, we are now pleased to announce that SEAL Analytical Ltd has expanded and moved into a new facility. This new facility is designed to enhance the services that we provide to you and includes:
- A state-of-the-art method development lab
- A customer training centre
- Increased warehouse space for on-demand parts and consumables
- Increased space for product maintenance and repair
- Amended operational hours to meet your needs
Our new trading address will be:
3 TALISMAN BUSINESS CENTRE,
Our Banking address (for payments and supplier invoices) will remain as 7 Regis Place, Bergen Way, Kings Lynn, PE30 2JN.
Please update your records.
Our phone and fax numbers will not change.
Thank you for working with us to achieve this growth. We look forward to continuing to serve you for all your scientific instrument, consumable and technical support needs for many years to come.
On behalf of SEAL Analytical Ltd
International Sales and Support Director
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Thursday,26th September 2013
Acquisition of Thomas Cain
SEAL Analytical, the leading global supplier of automated colorimetric analyser instrumentation today announces the acquisition of Thomas Cain, a manufacturer of automated chemical addition, sample preparation and digestion systems for the analysis of mercury and metals to environmental laboratories.
Thomas Cain designs, manufactures and distributes the DEENA range of graphite block digestion systems which are supplied throughout the world. The company also designs and manufactures a range of automation options for these systems which reduce or remove the need for manual intervention in hazardous processes during the sample digestion. The Thomas Cain ERICA sample preparation systems provide a fully automated liquid handling system for mixing samples, standards and reagents. Ranges of standard and bespoke consumables for different sample and digestion types are available for both systems. Full details of Thomas Cain products can be seen at www.thomascaininc.com
The acquisition further enhances SEAL Analytical‘s capabilities in the water and soil analysis market by increasing the installed base of laboratories served and widening the range of products and services offered.
New technology makes segmented flow analyzer compact and easy-to-use
Building on its reputation for innovation, SEAL Analytical has launched the 'AA1' – a fully automated analyzer employing new technology based on segmented flow analysis for rapid, accurate, precise analysis of parameters such as Ammonia, Phosphate, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Nitrogen, Total Phosphorous and Chloride. Typical applications include water, wastewater, soil, plant, fertilizer, food and beverage analysis. MORE...
New compact discrete nutrient analyzer saves lab time, space & money
Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer SEAL Analytical has launched the 'AQ1' discrete analyzer which automatically tests multiple samples in discrete reaction vessels and is ideal for laboratories with moderate workloads requiring varied tests on different samples and for those that need fast individual results.
The AQ1 is supplied with standard methods to USEPA, ASTM, ISO and other internationally recognised standards for the analysis of a wide variety of parameters including alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, cyanides, nitrate/nitrite, nitrite, phenolics, ortho phosphate, total phosphorus, silicate, sulfate and total Kjeldahl nitrogen. More...
SEAL Analytical to showcase latest technology in discrete and segmented flow analysis
As the designer, developer and manufacturer of both hardware and software, SEAL is a technology leader in colorimetric analytical solutions for a broad spectrum of analytes and Pittcon will provide a great opportunity for visitors to the SEAL booth to see the company’s latest innovations.
SEAL will display the latest versions of leading instruments such as the AQ1 and AQ2 Discrete Analyzers, the AA1, AA3 and QuAAtro 39 segmented flow analyzers and a new programmable block digestion system BD50 and BD28.
For further information, please contact:
Mequon Technology Center
10520-C Baehr Road
Mequon, WI 53092
Phone +1 262-241-7900
Toll free 888-211-9829
Information for Editors:
- With facilities in Europe, USA and China, SEAL Analytical is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of laboratory analysers including automated discrete and segmented flow nutrient analysers for use in environmental and industrial laboratories.
- SEAL is a technology leader in the development of innovative nutrient analysis solutions and has over 30 years of experience in laboratory-based automated analysis.
- As the designer, developer and manufacturer of both hardware and software, SEAL is able to provide complete bespoke monitoring solutions.
- SEAL has a strong record of consistent growth that is built on innovation.