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Agilent drives new quality standards

Chemical manufacturers convert raw materials – such as oil, natural gas, metals and minerals – into more than 70,000 different products. These are used in everything from gasoline in our cars and jet fuel in planes, to cosmetics, plastics and fibers for the textile industry… just to name a few.

Production and commercial trading of these finished products rely heavily on standards set by Standard Development Organizations (SDOs). These standards provide exact specifications required to ensure consistent and quality products are being produced, can be used safely and are not harmful to the environment.

Agilent supports numerous SDOs (such as ASTM, ISO, EN and GHBT) by providing scientific experts who participate in the development and promulgation of new standards. Two new standards have been recently published by ASTM with significant Agilent sponsorship and analytical support.

Dan Villalanti, Ph.D., president of Triton Analytics, chairman of ASTM committee D02.04.K and referee for the Journal of Chromatographic Science, shares how Agilent products have enabled him to perform challenging analyses – such as simulated distillation – for more than 30 years Dan Villalanti, Ph.D., president of Triton Analytics, chairman of ASTM committee D02.04.K and referee for the Journal of Chromatographic Science, shares how Agilent products have enabled him to perform challenging analyses – such as simulated distillation – for more than 30 years. > Watch Video

One new standard, ASTM D8110-17, is a test method for elemental analysis of distillate fuels by inductively coupled plasma – mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). This standard provides a solution for the trace determination of elemental contamination of distillate fuels. Elemental contamination detection of distillate fuels prevents downstream process problems such as corrosion, catalyst poisoning and other harmful effects. This standard is key to improving the quality and safety of distillate fuel-based operations.

Another new standard sponsored by Agilent and recently released is ASTM D8098-17 standard test method for permanent gases in C2 and C3 hydrocarbon products by gas chromatography and pulse discharge helium ionization. This standard can be used for the early detection of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide at level concentrations in polymer-grade ethylene and propylene.

Agilent is at the forefront of working closely with our customers and leading the way to establish and drive new standards that help improve the chemicals, fuels and polymers that are used in our daily lives.

Agilent not only complies with worldwide standards – we help drive them as well!


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