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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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Vertical vs Horizontal Furnaces: The Dumas Method for Protein Determination

September 24, 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 17, 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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LECO's Analytical and Spectroscopy Training Class Schedule for 2021

July 9, 2021

LECO's world-renowned customer service is returning with our in-person training classes in the fall of 2021! We want to give you all the tools you need to succeed in your lab, and this means being there for you each step of the way—even after the sale. In our customer training classes, we can show you exactly how to use your instruments to their full potential. You’ll get hands-on lab experience in our state-of-the-art training facilities and learn about an array of topics specific to your instruments, ranging from daily operation to troubleshooting, as well as how to use more advanced features.

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