In the dynamic realm of laboratory technologies, the choice between traditional methanizers and the groundbreaking Polyarc® System has become a pivotal decision for scientists and engineers seeking advanced solutions for sample analysis. In this post, we explore the unique features that make the Polyarc® System more than just a Methanizer, examining its operational mechanisms, impact on analytical results, and specific applications.

Polyarc® – Beyond the Boundaries of Methanizers
The Polyarc® System is not just another tool; it is a transformative force for laboratories requiring accurate and reliable sample analysis, impurity quantification, and yield measurement. Its applications go beyond the capabilities of traditional methanizers, providing researchers with the data necessary for informed process decisions and accelerated test results. The Polyarc® System empowers laboratories by delivering precise data quantification, reducing calibration time, and limiting reliance on standards.

Polyarc® vs. Methanizers: A Technological Leap
Traditional methanizers, while effective in converting CO/CO2 to CH4 for accurate measurements, often face challenges such as catalyst poisoning and frequent replacement needs. The Polyarc® System takes a significant leap forward with its sophisticated two-stage reactor that converts carbon compounds to CO2 and then to CH4. This innovative design not only enhances resistance to catalyst poisons but also eliminates the need for additional valving, streamlining the analytical process in ways methanizers cannot.

Polyarc® Impacts Results: Analyzing More, Replacing Less
The Polyarc® System’s integration into laboratories requires a gas chromatograph (GC) equipped with a flame ionization detector (FID) and a suitable inlet. Once installed, the Polyarc® System immediately sets itself apart:

1. Analysis of More Compounds: The Polyarc® System broadens the scope of compounds that laboratories can analyze with enhanced accuracy and reliability.

2. Longer Service Life for Reduced Operating Costs: The Polyarc® System’s resistance to catalyst poisons translates into fewer replacements, reducing operating costs and increasing efficiency.

3. Easier Installation: The Polyarc® System’s user-friendly design ensures a seamless installation process without extensive modifications to existing setups.

4. Less Frequent Replacements: Laboratories benefit from reduced downtime and increased productivity as the Polyarc® System minimizes the need for frequent replacements.

Polyarc®: Beyond Calibration Challenges
The Polyarc® System’s operational mechanism directly addresses the response variability of flame ionization detectors (FIDs) associated with traditional calibration methods. Unlike methanizers, where users determine the response factor of each compound through calibration, the Polyarc® System simplifies this process by converting the carbon in compounds to methane. This not only ensures uniform response factors per carbon but also enables accurate quantitation with a single internal or external standard, eliminating the need for multiple calibrations.

Achieving More with Polyarc®
Incorporating the Polyarc® System into a laboratory’s workflow brings a host of benefits:

1. Fast Analysis: The Polyarc® System accelerates the analysis process, providing researchers with quicker and more efficient results compared to traditional methods.

2. No Extensive Calibration Required: The universal response factor per carbon in the Polyarc® System eliminates the need for extensive calibrations, saving valuable time and resources.

3. No Need for Expensive or Unavailable Standards: The Polyarc® System’s ability to convert carbon compounds to methane reduces reliance on expensive or hard-to-obtain calibration standards.

4. Carbon Mass Balance Closure On-the-Fly: Real-time carbon mass balance closure simplifies the quantification process, providing a more comprehensive understanding of sample composition.

5. Improved Purity and Impurity Analysis: The Polyarc® System facilitates quick determinations of purity and concentrations of impurities, offering enhanced analytical insights.

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Polyarc®: Revolutionizing Pyrolysis Studies
For scientists and engineers engaged in pyrolysis studies, the Polyarc® System proves to be an indispensable tool, surpassing the capabilities of traditional methanizers. Its ability to provide improved quantitation and mass balance closure of carbon fractions from pyrolysis sets it apart, eliminating the need for extensive calibration and enhancing the accuracy of analyses.

Polyarc®: A Universal Response Factor
Traditional flame ionization detector (FID) analysis demands precise response factor calibration for accurate quantitation. The Polyarc® System addresses this challenge by establishing a universal response factor per carbon, eliminating the need for multiple calibrations. With a single internal or external standard and knowledge of each compound’s molecular formula, laboratories can achieve accurate quantitation, simplifying the analytical process.

Polyarc®: Insights and Takeaways
The Polyarc® System’s ability to provide insight into carbon distribution in pyrolysis products and measure yield positions it as an essential tool for pyrolysis analysis. Laboratories benefit from fast analysis, high accuracy in carbon quantitation, the ability to quantify compounds without standards, and a reduced need for extensive calibration and replacement.

Polyarc®: Elevating Trace Quantification
The Polyarc® System stands out for scientists and engineers measuring trace amounts of low molecular weight compounds, going beyond the capabilities of traditional methanizers. Its high sensitivity and uniform response to small molecules, such as formaldehyde, acetonitrile, acrylonitrile, carbonyl sulfide, and carbon tetrachloride overcome the limitations of flame ionization detectors (FIDs) and mass spectrometers.

Up To 100x Sensitivity Increase
The Polyarc® System’s ability to convert carbon compounds to methane significantly increases sensitivity, providing up to a 100x boost for reactive or adsorptive compounds. This enhancement is particularly valuable when assessing the purity of monomer or polymer products.

Eliminating the Need for Standards
The uniform response provided by the Polyarc® System minimizes challenges associated with obtaining standards for reactive or adsorptive compounds. Laboratories can confidently rely on the Polyarc® System for accurate and reliable results, even when standards are difficult to obtain.

Polyarc®: Immediate Results
Incorporating the Polyarc® System into trace measurement workflows delivers immediate results, including increased sensitivity (down to 0.1 ppm), elimination of the need for potentially reactive/labile standards, utilization of GC/FID instead of more specialized detectors, and improved accuracy with uniform response. The Polyarc® System empowers laboratories to check standards when needed, ensuring the quality and reliability of results.

Conclusion: Polyarc® – More Than a Methanizer
The Polyarc® System’s transformative impact on laboratory practices is undeniable. The Polyarc® System is more than just a methanizer; it is a catalyst for precision, efficiency, and reliability in scientific and engineering laboratories worldwide. From enhanced quantitation and reduced calibration efforts to improved sensitivity and immediate results, the Polyarc® System stands as a beacon for laboratories seeking cutting-edge solutions in analytical chemistry. As we look towards the future, the Polyarc® System continues to redefine the standards for accuracy and reliability, surpassing the capabilities of traditional methanizers and shaping the future of analytical chemistry.

To discuss the Polyarc System and learn how it can help generate the results you are after – schedule a call with Connor Beach, Technical Sales Engineer. He can provide additional information, answer your questions, and guide you in integrating the Polyarc System into your lab:

Connor Beach

Technical Sales Engineer

+1 612.444.3626