The MA160 Sartorius moisture analyzer offers 200 gram weighing capacity with 1 milligram or 0.01% readability. The MA160 is packed with additional feature that the Sartorius MA37 does not offer. You'll find a SD card port on the left side of the moisture balance. The SD card is not included but you can purchase this at most stores the offer computer memory cards. You can define the sort order of the created methods in the menu and export the created methods to or import them from an SD card. The moisture analysis test results can also be exported to the SD Card, The data is exported in XML format. You can also use the SD card to create a data backup of all settings.
For an additional layer of safety the MA160 moisture analyzer is equipped with password protection to ensure that only authorized persons can make changes to the system settings. You can predefine up to 100 separate methods. You can change and save the parameters for each method to suit your requirements. A wizard for creating new methods is provided to guide you through the process step by step. You can create methods manually or import them from an SD card. To create a new method quickly and ensure that all relevant parameters have been included, use the Assistant: The Assistant prompts you to configure all relevant parameters, provides a practical range of options, and prevents you entering implausible data.
You can run a performance test on the MA160 to check whether the analyzer has a fault or is ready for operation. The ReproEasy pad is removed from the protective wrapping affixing the sticky side down for the pad to the center of the sample pan. During a performance test, both the heating unit and the weighing system are tested at the same time. Test functions for different temperature ranges (70°C, 100°C, 130°C) are available. The MA160 comes with three (3) ReproEasy pad and additional pads are available in the optional accessory section below.
The MA160 also features a USB port allowing you to connect this moisture analyzer to an optional Sartorius printer YDP40, YDP30, YDP20-OCE or your computer. Cables are not included with this moisture determination instrument and you should reference the operational user manual to review the required USB cable needed depended upon the peripheral device connected to the moisture analyzer. Cables are available in the optional accessory section. The USB connection on the MA160 when connected to a PC requires no additional driver to export results to a table or spreadsheet (e.g., Microsoft® Office or OpenOffice).
The Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer can be used for quick, accurate and reliable determination of the moisture content of materials of liquid, pasty, and solid substances using the thermogravimetric method. Moisture analysis applications must be optimized by the user by adjusting the correct temperature dry the sample without causing degradation to the sample. The moisture content of a test sample is often mistakenly equated to its water content. In fact, the moisture of a material includes all of the volatile components which are emitted when the sample is heated, and lead to a reduction in its weight. Among such volatile substances are: Water; Fats; Oils; Alcohols; Organic solvents; Flavorings. It is critical to adjust the optimum temperature so the sample being tested does not result in the samples decomposition (when a sample is overheated)
Need an idea what temperature to set the moisture analyzer, how long will the test take using the MA160 should I run in manual or auto? Find your particular sample in this database to give you an idea of the setup perimeters, sample prep and running time.
Watch this video below as we provide a general overview of what comes with the Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer. We cover the user manual and the abundance of information contained in the manual and the step by step instructions the user manual offers. This colored manual depicts numerous screenshots of the touchscreen display and just what each icon activates.
You will see the included aluminum disposable moisture pans and filter pads that come standard with the Sartorius MA160. See how the Sartorius' exclusive pan tong works and is the ultimate tool for removing the aluminum moisture sample pan that is typical hot after running a moisture determination test.
We take apart the Sartorius MA160 moisture balance to show you just how easy it is to dismantle and clean. The ergonomic BetterClean design that takes the effort out of cleaning and the sample chamber plate, hood and pan support are dishwasher safe.
MA160 includes 3 ReproEasy Pads while no pads are included with the MA37. The ReproEasy Pads are used to verify the moisture analyzer is functioning within manufacturer specifications. The pad is a onetime use consumable item and additional pads are sold in packages of 10 pads. We recommend you download the user manual and reference the section "MA Performance Test" to learn more about this test feature available on both the MA37 and MA160. This is a great alternative to testing your moisture analyzer against sodium tartrate dihyrate.
The MA160 is the pinnacle for all other moisture analyzer manufactures to admire for years to come. Sartorius has delivered a moisture measurement instrument that allows you to take control of your process. Now you'll have a successful strategy and tool to monitor and maintain quality control that can immediately change your process and allow you to deliver the highest quality product. Time and again Sartorius has proven they produce the best weighing instruments in the world. Sure there are lots of low end made in China moisture analyzers on the market today but what good is the equipment if it is not accurate? Sartorius has over 145 years building balances and without a question the staff at Precision Weighing Balances believes Sartorius is the best. While others attempt to re-engineer pretending their moisture analyzer is "just as good as Sartorius" don't be fooled with second rate. Buy Excellence, Buy Sartorius.
Watch this video above as we highlight in this video the differences between the MA37 and MA160 since briefly looking at the units they seem the same but there are major differences.
So both the MA37 and MA160 deliver readability to 1 milligram. The average repeatability is ± 0.2% when you are using an initial sample weighing from 1-5 grams and when using a initial sample greater than 5 grams the repeatability is 0.05%. We always recommend a sample at least 5 grams since anything smaller is typically difficult to attain a good representative sample. Neither unit is recommended for plastic resin applications.
So what are the differences??
Although the infrared heating element looks similar the MA37 maximum output is 480W while the MA160 is 600W. More watts shortens time to attain temperature setting. The heating elements differ from a different alloy mix for the metal tubular heating element and Sartorius calls the MA160 element AURI.
MA37 has only the ability to save one (1) method while the MA160 can save up to 100 methods.
MA160 comes with "Sample Tongs" while it is an accessory for the MA37.
MA160 includes 3 ReproEasy Pads while no pads are included with the MA37. The ReproEasy Pads are used to verify the moisture analyzer is functioning within manufacturer specifications. The pad is a onetime use consumable item and additional pads are sold in packages of 10 pads. We recommend you download the user manual and reference the section "MA Performance Test" to learn more about this test feature available on both the MA37 and MA160. This is a great alternative to testing your moisture analyzer against sodium tartrate dihyrate. Using sodium tartrate dihyrate requires you to operate at 160C to release the chemically bonded two water molecules from Sodium Tartrate. The ReproEasy Pad you can run a performance test at 70C, 100C or 130C whichever temperature is closer to your actual sample you test normally.
The MA160 has a SD memory card slot verses the MA37 just has a dummy slot. You can import/export methods to the SD card. This is a nice feature for companies that implement "build alike" or create SOP implemented globally throughout their plants. One plant can develop the method for each different sample, download those methods to the SD card and the e-mail the file to other plants where they can copy the file to the SD card and then import them into the MA160 located in other locations.
In the "Calibration Report" menu you can access the most recent calibration reports for the MA Performance Tests and external calibration adjustments up to 99 reports are saved per day. Calibration reports older than 30 days are automatically deleted. Again this information can be downloaded to the SD Card and the file e-mailed to the quality control or regulatory officer to meet compliance reporting requirements.
Another benefit purchasing the MA160 because it has the SD card is the "Results" menu. The analysis results can be viewed, exported or deleted. If you export the data to the SD card it is saved as an XML file and can be viewed with a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. This is a great feature especially for paperless operations or if you need to print results and don't have a Sartorius YDP30 or YDP40 printer. All you need to do is save results to the SD card, open the file on your PC within a web browser and use the printer connected to your computer.
I would say the greatest feature the MA160 has that isn't available on the MA37 is "Method Assistant". Method Assistant helps you develop and refine methods in 3 easy steps. Its quick and ensures that all relevant parameters have been included for your moisture determination test. The Assistant prompts you to configure all relevant parameters, provides a practical range and prevents you entering implausible data. If you are running lots of different samples and not sure on the optimum temperature, whether you should use filter pad(s) The intuitive wizard asks you whether your sample consistency is a solid, fluid or paste. Method Assistant even asks if the sample is organic, inorganic or unknown.
Finally there is a 'Protective Mode" menu that is only available on the MA160. This allows you to password protect the MA160 moisture analyzer to ensure only authorized persons can make changes to the system settings.