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Polish Your Worries Away

February 28, 2024

In 1973, LECO Corporation introduced the industry’s first line of complete solutions for metallographic analysis. All of these instruments typically require some kind of consumable, but it’s up to the customer to decide which ones they would like to use. LECO offers a wide selection of consumables - for example, we offer fourteen different types of polishing cloths for polishing samples. Trying to select the right ones can leave your head spinning as much as your grinder/polisher. When you begin to feel like you’re drowning in a sea of choices, you can breathe easy knowing our experts will be there to help you make the right selections based on your goals. Each customer has different wants and needs, so there is no single “correct” answer as to which consumables are the best. However, we aim to focus on a few options that work for the most applications. Sticking with the polishing cloth example, we primarily use three polishing cloths in our labs – Gold Technotron, Red Felt, and Imperial.

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A Glowing Review – Galvanized Metals and Glow Discharge Spectrometry

February 23, 2024

Corrosion prevention is a widely discussed topic within the steel industry. All metals will corrode over time when exposed to the atmosphere. Galvanization is a method used to fight corrosion and extend the life of metals. Knowing this, it makes sense to galvanize your metal to protect it, but the question becomes deciding what type of galvanization you should use.

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Soils TOC: Analyzing Acid-Treated Samples is Now Easy as ABC

February 12, 2024

As the concern for global warming has increased over the years, ways to sequester carbon has been top-of-mind for many scientists and researchers. Capturing atmospheric carbon in the form of carbon dioxide, converting it, and storing it in soil would not only help the overall environment, but it could help farmers grow better crops as well.

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Improve Quantitation in Complex Samples with LECO Corporation’s Paradigm™ Flow Modulator and Shift™ Splitter System

February 2, 2024

Imagine yourself on the road, driving past a lush forest that stretches beside you. If you were to take a moment and look out the window, that forest would look like one long strip of hearty pine trees. However, should you take to the skies and look down from a plane, that same forest would look a lot different. It is no longer a single strip of pines, but a rugged terrain of land dotted with bushes, oak trees, pine trees, even a small, hidden stream that you never would’ve known was there if you just looked on from the street.

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Let Us Show You the Whey!

December 12, 2023

Whether it be in your post-workout protein shake or breakfast yogurt bowl, whey protein is in most foods consumed daily. Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained and is the byproduct of the manufacturing of cheese or casein.

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Say ‘Cheese’ to Precision: Protein Analysis of Dairy Products

October 30, 2023

Got milk? Dairy contains a “complete” protein, making it a prime candidate for high-quality protein or nutrition products. This is driving a growing interest in dairy protein, making protein analysis more important than ever.

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LECO Launches New Laboratory in Partnership with California State University, Los Angeles

October 20, 2023

Los Angeles, California—LECO Corporation has partnered with California State University, Los Angeles, on the development of its new LECO Complex Chemical Compositional Analysis Lab. The opening of the lab on September 19th marked a significant step towards advancing research and education in complex chemical analysis not only at the university but throughout the West Coast.

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Carbon & Nitrogen: The Key to Growing & Maintaining Quality Crops

August 10, 2023

A web of factors contributes to a good crop, but the importance of carbon and nitrogen cannot be overstated. From soil to fertilizer to the plant matter itself, the mix of carbon and nitrogen play significant roles in the development and growth of the plant. Knowing the carbon and nitrogen levels in every aspect of your field can help you maintain quality control over the end result.

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Additive Manufacturing from Start to Finish

July 14, 2023

For much of human history, parts manufacturing was subtractive. The unformed material would have parts cut away to achieve the desired results. However, in the 1970s, a new manufacturing revolution was beginning. Computer-aided designs (CAD) was able to guide lasers pointed at liquid plastic, fusing it into solid plastic. Ultrafine layers were added to the product, creating, for the first time, additive manufacturing.

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Growing Hope: A Convoy of Hope Update

July 7, 2023

According to Dr. Jason Streubel, Senior Director of the Center for Agriculture & Food Security for the Convoy of Hope, hope comes from being able to feed yourself, your family, and your community. Hope comes from the security of knowing where your next meal is coming from and the ability to turn your focus to the future instead of the immediate present. Hope comes from agriculture.

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