At Powtech 2008 (30 Sep-2 Oct 2008, Nürnberg, Germany), Malvern
Instruments will demonstrate the latest applications for the Morphologi
G3 high sensitivity particle characterization system.
Launched last year, the Morphologi G3 delivers information about both particle
size and shape, and is finding application in the pharmaceutical industry and
across a wide variety of industrial sectors. Now, the addition of a statistical
data analysis tool allows quicker and easier analysis of batch-to-batch variation
in a powder feed or product. Powtech also sees the introduction of a new feature
for the measurement of particles on filter paper. This enables foreign particle
detection in, for example, pharmaceuticals, hydraulic fluids and for component
cleanliness in the automotive and other industries.
Malvern is also announcing its participation in the newly-formed OPC Analyzer
Device Integration Working Group. The group has been constituted to develop
a common method for data exchange and an analyzer data model for process and
laboratory analyzers. It comprises interested members of the OPC Foundation,
an organisation dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation via open
standards. Both instrument manufacturers and industrial users of analytical
instrumentation are represented.
The Working Group is adopting OPC-UA (Unified Architecture) as the basis for
the Analyzer Device Integration (ADI) standard and aims to define a compatible
data model. OPC-UA has the advantages of being a platform-neutral standard,
designed to support complex data types and object models; it can achieve high
speed data transfers and has broad industry support beyond simply process automation.