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The Disc-IC System is a package of two independent techniques from Thermo Fisher Scientific— discrete analysis and ion chromatography for comprehensive water analysis. Unique and fully automated, the Disc-IC System combines the power of direct measurement, discrete photometric analysis with ion chromatography to support a comprehensive water analysis workflow that offers the highest flexibility and sample throughput to reduce overall cost per analysis.
Gallery discrete analyzers are robust, easy-to-use, and provide parallel measurement of multiple analytes, including those used in photometric (colorimetric and enzymatic) and electrochemical (pH and conductivity) analysis. All necessary analysis steps are automated and low detection levels can be achieved.
Dionex IC systems can be tailored to meet specific anion and cation analysis needs, providing direct determination of multiple analytes in a single run, the highest sensitivity, and the ability to handle even the most challenging of water samples.
The Disc-IC System provides a true walkaway solution for comprehensive wine, beer, fruit juice, carbohydrates, organic acids, source water, process water, and waste water analysis and performs unattended large sample series analysis.
Traditional multiparameter water testing involves measurement, titration and ion chromatography methods for pH, conductivity, alkalinity, hardness, anions, and/or cations. Each test requires a separate sample and often multiple sequential steps which extends the testing time and makes the overall testing workflow complex. Multifaceted hyphenated systems need a specialist staff to run and monitor equipment, water quality testing is labor-intensive, time-consuming and inefficient. Routine water testing can be costly and time consuming for a laboratory that performs routine wet chemical and ion analysis in ground water, drinking water, sewage water and waste water analysis while experiencing increased demand for the routine analytical services.
Hyphenated techniques such as titration – Ion Chromatography methods are complex to set up, use, and maintain and covers only a limited number of parameters – pH, conductivity, alkalinity, hardness, anions or cations depending on the configuration. The Disc-IC Systems, two independent technologies, consolidate the majority of water analysis needs, increases lab’s throughput, produces reliable results, and reduces cost per analysis.
Routine high throughput analysis
Comprehensive ion analysis
Ensuring confidence in the quality of results, the methods used for analysis in the Thermo Scientific discrete analyzers are well known enzymatic and colorimetric chemistries optimized to the result levels established in international reference methods, US EPA, ISO, DIN, ASTM and other standard methods. The table below summarizes international regulatory approved discrete analyzer and Ion chromatography methods.
U.S. EPA and international reference methods
SMWW 2320 B
|SM 3500-AI B||Aluminium*|
EN ISO 15682
|SM 3500-Cu C||Copper|
|EPA 335.4||Cyanide (Total)|
SM 3500-F D
|EPA 130.1||Hardness (Total)|
DIN EN ISO 23913:2009
SM 3500 Cr-B
SW 7196 A
SM 3500-Fe B
|SM 3500-Fe B||Iron (Ferrous), Iron (Total)|
Reductase method for drinking water
|Nitrate (TON ENz)|
SM 4500-NO3 H
|Nitrate (TON Hyd)|
|NEMI (Nitrate via manual Vanadium (III) reduction)||Nitrate (TON Vanadium)|
DIN EN 26777
SM 4500 NO2-B
EN ISO 6878
SM 4500 P-E
SM 4500 SiO2-C
DIN 38405-D 5-2
SM 4500 SO4-E
SM 4500-S2 D
HMSO SCA Blue Book
ASTM D3590-11 (B)
|Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN)|
U.S. EPA and international reference methods
|ASTM D6581||Chlorite, bromate, bromide, chlorate|
|Fluoride, chloride, nitrite, bromide, nitrate, ortho-phosphate, sulfate|
|EPA 300.1||Fluoride, chloride, nitrite, bromide, nitrate, ortho-phosphate, sulfate, bromate, chlorite, chlorate|
|EPA 557||HAAs, BrO3, dalapon|
|ISO 14911 ASTM|
|Lithium, sodium, potassium, ammonium, magnesium, calcium|
|ASTM D6994||Metal cyanide|
|ASTM D8001||TKN, total phosphorus|
For brewers, the compounds of interest range—from inorganic ions, organic acids and hop bittering principles that contribute to overall taste and bitterness—to proteins, carbohydrates and alcohols that are monitored to determine the extent of fermentation. Dedicated for beer, malt, and wort analysis, the Gallery Plus Beermaster discrete analyzer automates labor-intensive and time-consuming tests.
Wineries needs a reliable analytical instrumentation for multi-parameter analysis, that enables lab personal without technical or chemistry knowledge to carry out the routine wine analysis. Thermo Scientific Gallery discrete analyzers together with ready to use system reagents makes the overall wine analysis simple, accurate and reliable. The ready to use wine reagents are specifically developed for rapid and cost-effective analysis of juice and wine.
Drinking water safety is clearly a critical priority. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Safe Drinking Water Act, has established national health based standards that address both man-made and naturally occurring contamination. Labs must ensure municipal or industrial wastewater is safe before its discharge into surface waters in accordance with regulations in the U.S. EPA Clean Water Act (CWA). Compliance requires consistent, accurate measurement of water parameters. Our discrete analyzers automate photometric and electrochemical analysis providing fast, reproducible results that allow laboratories to measure multiple analytes simultaneously.
The combined power of the Disc-IC System improves productivity and efficiency in water testing labs, while it consolidates your steam and water chemistry analytical needs.
Learn how the Disc-IC System is used for routine, comprehensive water analysis and how it consolidates steam and water chemistry analytics