Updating your Instrument's Software

December 6, 2021

Many of LECO's instruments take advantage of powerful proprietary software that is constantly being improved and updated. While LECO's Cornerstone® brand software can check for updates itself if the instrument is connected to the internet, not all instruments can be connected, for privacy or security reasons. If you ever want to check your software version, you can go to LECOSoftware.com.

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Seeing Clearly through Lucite with the MX-Series

November 23, 2021

If all you need for your mount is a uniform shape to hold your sample, Bakelite or epoxy would work just fine. It's simply a matter of finding the mounting material that works best with the sample material. But if you need a mounting material that lets you see the sample mounted within, there is no better choice than Lucite.

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Moisture Determination in Iron Ore with the TGM800

November 19, 2021

When the Kaunis Iron Mine opened in Sweden, it was the newest in one of Sweden's biggest industries. The mine contracted with Degerfors Laboratory (D-LAB) for their iron analysis. Before analysis could be run on the samples, however, the ore had to be dried and moisture levels measured. D-LAB had a problem: their current moisture determination methods used a manual balance that could only handle one sample at a time, requiring a technician's attention every five minutes. The ISO 3087:2020 method used was also a problem, as a single run could take more than 5 hours to complete. The lab turned to LECO for a solution.

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Metabolomics and GCxGC are Changing How We Monitor Our Health

November 1, 2021

On Friday, October 22, LECO hosted three GC-TOFMS experts for a spooky mass spectrometry symposium. Shari Forbes spoke about death and decomposition, Albert Lebedev gave a talk on mummies, and Jane Hill started the day with a look into diseases and a new method of diagnosing them.

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Iron and LECO: 85 Years of Analysis

October 26, 2021

Elements Newsletter recently published an infographic of all of the metals mined from the earth in 2019, and the numbers were staggering. 3,248,814,334 tons of metal were mined, of which 3,040,000,000 tons were iron ore. Nearly 94% of all of the metal mined in 2019 was iron, and nearly that percent of the iron has been, in some way, touched by LECO.

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Revising the Standards: Volatile Matter in Coal and Biofuels

October 15, 2021

Coal and other biofuels are no different from every other substance that can be bought and sold: the quality of the material plays a huge role in the determination of the price. With coal and other solid fuels, the amount of volatile matter is the main factor in quality, as this determines the burning rates of the fuel. While the volatile matter value does rely on the type of fuel and moisture content of said fuel being tested, it also varies based on the heating rates used in the tests to determine the value.

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85 Years of Empowering Results

October 5, 2021

Efficiency. Accuracy. Speed. Precision.  Since 1936, LECO has been dedicated to finding solutions, whether that meant inventing something completely new or solving supply chain issues during times of war. The story begins with three brothers-in-law and their determination to improve determination.

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Vertical vs Horizontal Furnaces: The Dumas Method for Protein Determination

September 27, 2021

Over the last thirty years, the Dumas combustion method for analyzing protein content in food has been gaining popularity against the classic Kjeldahl wet chemical digestion and titration method. The Dumas method has several advantages over the Kjeldahl method: it is much faster, with much lower operating costs, no real safety issues, and no toxic waste produced. However, there is a debate over which of the two main approaches to the Dumas method is better: a vertical or a horizontal combustion furnace.

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Oxygen, Nitrogen, and Hydrogen Determination: Helium vs Argon

September 25, 2021

The supply of helium for laboratories hasn't been as shaky lately as it has been in recent years, but the price of helium continues to rise. In the meantime, replacement gases keep being tested.


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Happy Farai-Day! A Measured Science Episode

September 10, 2021

Here at LECO, we have been celebrating Farai-Day (Fri-day) every week for fourteen years! Our new Director of Separation Science Customer Success, Farai Rukunda has been a force of positivity and solutions ever since he accepted his first position as a training specialist. Farai joined host Andrew Storey on LECO's podcast: Measured Science.

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