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A New Dimension in Particle Analysis

With the SYNC particle analyzer, Microtrac MRB integrates its highly accurate tri-laser diffraction analyzer technology with its versatile dynamic image analysis capability to provide particle characterization practitioners with a unique measuring experience. The patented synchronous measurement technology allows users to make both a laser diffraction measurement and an image analysis measurement on a single sample, in the same sample cell at the same time

  • One sample
  • One optical bench
  • One flow path
  • One sample cell
  • One analysis

The SYNC laser diffraction particle size analyzer is ideally suited for routine QC applications. It also provides valuable information to researchers as they develop new materials and processes. The powerful analyzer software provides both particle size distribution information as well as a multitude of morphological particle parameters. The patented BLEND routine allows users to examine materials over a wide range of sizes from 0.01 microns to 4000 microns.

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Technical Specifications

Measuring range 0.01 µm - 4 mm
Laser class Red 780 nm, blue 405 nm
Class 1 laser product per CFR 1040.10 & IEC60825-1
Laser power Red laser 0.35 to 2 mW nominal
Blue laser 4-8 mW nominal
Dimensions (W x H x D) ~ 820 x 460 x 500 mm (32.3 x 18.1 x 19.7 in)
Weight (Measuring unit) FlowSync: 19.5kg (43lbs)
TurboSync: 13.6kg (30lbs)
Sync: 23.6kg (50.8lbs)
Wet operation Volume: 200 ml nominal
Flow rate: 0 to 65 ml/sec with water
Inlet pressure: 50 psig (345 kPa) maximum
Dry operation 100 psi (689 kPa) maximum pressure
5 CFM (8.5 m3/h) at 50 psi (345 kPa) minimum flow rate
Free of dry contaminants, moisture and oil
Image analysis 5.2 megapixel (2560 x 2048), 22 fps at max resolution
Measuring time ~ 10 to 30 seconds
Standards Laser Diffraction (ISO 13320)
Dynamic Image Analysis (ISO 13322-2)
Representation of results of particle size analysis (ISO 9276-6)

Available models

Microtrac Laser Diffraction Flow SYNC

Dispersion Module for Wet Measurements

The FLOWSYNC’s automated filling, de-aerating, pre-circulating and circulating operation means that each sample is handled with a consistency that improves the repeatability of particle size distribution and imaging data.

  • Consistency: An in-line ultrasonic probe with variable power disperses agglomerated materials to ensure consistent sample dispersion during measurements.
  • Versatility: Users can program, save and recall unlimited SOP routines for fill, disperse, measure, rinse and run commands.
  • Connectivity: An integrated fill pump allows the user to connect any water or solvent source. The recirculator fills, de-aerates and dilutes automatically.
  • Auto-Dispersion: The FLOWSYNC’s fluid dynamics feature a built-in turbulence to ensure that all particles are moving constantly within the system, negating the need for an external stirrer.
  • Resistiveness: The FLOWSYNC can be operated with a wide variety of carrier fluids. In addition to water and alcohol, this includes organic solvents like hexane or toluene.
  • Self-Cleaning: The wash feature ensures that the walls of the sample vessel are thoroughly cleaned during the rinse cycle. This eliminates cross contamination between different materials.
Microtrac Laser Diffraction Turbo SYNC

Dispersion Module for Dry Measurements

The TURBOSYNC delivers a properly dispersed sample to the measuring cell of the analyzer, allowing for consistent and repeatable analyses. A moving sample tray introduces the powder into the measurement system.

  • Flexibility: Compressed air and flow condition settings up to 50 psi (345 kPa) allow the operator to achieve optimal dispersion, even for highly agglomerated materials. Dispersion conditions can be fine-tuned for measurement of even the most fragile materials.
  • Small sample volumes: Volumes can be as small 0.1 cm3. This is ideal for applications where the material is expensive or produced in small volumes.
  • Large sample volumes: The removable tray can hold larger quantities of powder. If required, multiple trays can be processed and combined into one measurement record.
  • Automatic sampling: The Microtrac MRB FLEX software facilitates the automation of measurement cycles. Simply place the sample in the tray and press RUN. All data is saved on the system PC or can be exported to user networks.
  • Rapid Measurements: Measurement time is usually 10 - 40 seconds, depending on the properties of the material.
  • Repeatability: Consistent control of aspiration settings deliver excellent sample-to-sample and instrument-to-instrument repeatability.

Particle Size and Shape Analyzer SYNC

Particle size and shape analyzer SYNC - Short introduction

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Microtrac MRB

A leader in particle characterization

In 2020, the leading companies for particle characterization, RETSCH Technology, Microtrac and MicrotracBEL united and became one powerful brand: Microtrac MRB!

All three companies share a passion for making particle analysis more accurate, more effective and more convenient in order to exceed customers' expectations. Together, we at Microtrac MRB will continue to find superior solutions for every application and provide the best customer service!