The sub-Saharan gas market leader continues to maintain its competitive edge through the commissioning of a German-engineered Bruker Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) instrument at Afrox’s ISO 9001 gases operation centre laboratory in Germiston, Gauteng, on 12 January 2015.
The Bruker FTIR was designed specifically to analyse low level atmospheric contaminants, including CO, COS, H2S, NOx, SOx. It will identify and quantify chemical species found in the atmosphere with Opus 7.0 software and compare the spectra against a NIST library of spectra, making the analytical technique extremely powerful as an investigative tool in the laboratory. It is also said to complement the ‘low ppm reactive component calibration mixtures’ Afrox has been offering in stabilised cylinders, resulting in high accuracy and extended shelf life.
For Afrox manager for special products and chemicals, Marietha Strydom, this instrument will enable the analysis of gases to medical, pharmaceutical and aviation standards now required by Afrox’s customers. ‘It is also part of the ISO 17025 programme on which Afrox has embarked in order to register as a calibration laboratory.’
The Bruker FTIR was chosen by Afrox as training and technical backup comes standard with the instrument, thereby supporting the company in adding value to its customers. Strydom added: ‘We’re keeping our promise of continuous improvement, to keep abreast of market requirements, and to provide top quality products and services.’