Adam Equipment's PMB moisture balances set a new standard for data communication making recording results faster and easier. Use the USB interface and connect a memory stick to download the results as they are taken and store them for future analysis, no need for additional software to take readings from the balance giving the user total freedom to collect data on a production floor or in the field.
PMB's fast response time and easy-to-use functionality make it the ideal moisture analyzer for a range of different applications. The automatic test setting function lets you quickly run multiple tests without additional user input and the built-in memories let you store that data future reference. PMB offers smart features that have been developed to give you the ultimate performance for moisture analysis.
With over 40 years of experience in the production of weighing instruments you can trust Adam for quality products that offer a range of features designed for a variety of applications.
Navigating the built in applications is easy with the intuitively designed keypad. Access to the main functions is quick and a special lock out feature allows the supervisor to set up access to all or certain functions so users do not inadvertently change the settings. The color coded keypad highlights the tare and start keys for easy recognition.
Multiple communications options let you pick the right interface for your needs. USB and RS-232 both included as standard. Supports USB flash drive with automatic record keeping function to save each test result.
Store a range of procedures for different products that can be recalled at a touch of a button, to make setup and changing from one product to another simple.
USB host for memory card and USB I/O interface
Built-in memories for storing products and settings
3 settings for heating sample, ramp up, step and standard
Soft close door to protect heating element
Automatic test start setting for when the lid is closed
Pan lifter to easily remove samples
Large backlit display with dual text prompts
Security locking slot for kensington type lock and cable
ShockProtect™ overload protection
If you already own the Adam moisture analyzer and you are looking for the consumable moisture pans you can purchase a box of 500 aluminum moisture pans HERE or moisture balance filter pads for an extremely low cost compared to what Adam Equipment charges for these moisture balance consumables if you bought them from Adam Equipment direct.
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.