A Guide to Efficient Weighing Workflows in the Chemical Industry

In today’s fast-paced world, the chemical industry is always striving to deliver high quality products on time and on budget, while meeting demanding quality control standards. There is ever increasing pressure to improve the efficiency of procedures, adopting lean processes and automation to try to accelerate time-consuming processes. This makes efficient weighing workflows essential.

The chemical industry encompasses a variety of scientific fields – including fine, specialty, bulk and intermediate chemicals, refining and petrochemicals, polymers and plastics, and dyes, pigments and inks – across R&D, production and QC facilities. In every case, there is a need for cost-effective solutions to streamline operations.

Weighing is the first step in virtually any analytical procedure; accurate, reliable results depend on good weighing processes. Automation is the solution for many typically occurring issues in chemical industry workflows, helping to optimize procedures, eliminate the potential for manual errors, and ensure high quality standards are met.

This guide discusses how optimum efficiency and productivity can be achieved by carefully analyzing laboratory procedures, identifying – and, as far as possible, eliminating – inefficiencies, and introducing standardized processes. It provides practical tips to improve balance operation, streamline processes and enhance productivity – all while staying within tight budget limits and maintaining high quality standards. The guide looks at the following common lab workflows where weighing plays an integral role:

·         Formulation

·         Moisture content, loss on drying (LoD), loss on ignition (LoI)

·         Particle size analysis and distribution

·         Density determination of solids and porous or viscous materials

·         Sample preparation for titration

·         Preparation of reference substances for HPLC or GC analysis