Advantages of using a refractometer versus a titration

Matt East

Whether you are using a refractometer or titrating both become increasingly inaccurate based on contamination. Titrations can be inaccurate as alkaline and acid contamination enters the system. Refractometers can be inaccurate when excessive contamination starts to impact the refractive index.

A refractometer will measure the  "percent solid", the concentration of a solid substance in water or other fluids. Light slows down or speeds up as it enters a fluid, depending on the density of the sample. By sending light through a fluid sample, a refractometer can be used to determine the speed of this refracted light and report it using various scales .

Advantages using a refractometer versus a titration:

  • Versatile – Use on a variety of Industrial Fluids that are water dilutable
  • Inexpensive – Low initial Cost and low levels of Maintenance
  • Immediate Results – Have results immediately and can react immediately
  • Operation – Easy and Portable!

In the end, it is important to develop a consistent process that works for your individual plant.

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Fusion Chemical's Coolant Improves Performance and Conditions for Local Company

Matt East

Coolants are a necessary component of running many machining businesses. But using a sub-par product can lead to problems like bad odor and employee skin issues. Rathburn, a local tooling and manufacturing company, learned this the hard way with many employees breaking out in rashes after coming into contact with their coolant product.

In their effort to address the issues the coolant was causing employees, Rathburn researched alternatives and found Fusion Chemical Co. Mark Dennis, Maintenance Manager at Rathburn, describes the results like this:

"As we moved forward in our search to better serve the environment and our employees, we came to find Fusion Chemical. They promised to do all we needed at a significant drop in cost while eliminating the need to add harmful chemicals. From my experience, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. However Fusion Chemical offered to give us some of their product as a trial run to see if it wasn’t indeed what they claimed. We had two machines that ran the same part, so we left one with the old coolant in it and tried the new coolant in the second one. Three weeks later we had no rust on the parts we ran, no odors, and no noticeable change in tool wear. A longer test would be needed in order to be sure of the longevity of the product, but the initial test coupled with the fact that the new coolant cost less was enough for us to commit to a longer engagement."

Read the full story behind Rathburn's switch to Fusion's coolant.

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What is a Hand Sanitizer NDC code and why should I care?

Kimberly Hartzel
Hand Sanitizers are drugs and safe use of them should not be treated lightly. There have been many recalls of hand sanitizer and reports of ingestion of hand sanitizer with methanol that have led to methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

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Why 80% alcohol is much better than the 60% alcohol in most hand sanitizer

Kimberly Hartzel
As an informed consumer you should spend as much time looking at your hand sanitizer ingredient list as you do at the grocery store checking in on how much sugar your cereal contains. Because unfortunately, as with most products - not all hand sanitizers are made the same. Before you purchase your hand sanitizer, look at the ingredient list to see what active ingredients your hand sanitizer contains. The active ingredient in alcohol-based hand sanitizers will either be ethanol or isopropanol.

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Why Fusion Hand Sanitizer

Kimberly Hartzel
Our products follow strict WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines and are 80%+ Ethanol alcohol based. (Most products on the market are between 60-70% alcohol and are mainly inferior against most viruses) Our hand sanitizers come in two different forms, a liquid which can be used as a spray (which makes cleaning surfaces or applying on hands easy), along with the traditional gel form. Both products are available in both unscented and scented (almond oil) versions.

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