The National Network of Agrochemical Stations in Poland has purchased seventeen Malvern Mastersizer 2000 laser diffraction particle size analyzers for use in the rapid assessment of different soil types. The systems will be used throughout the country and will replace existing measurement methods, resulting in the simplification and acceleration of the analytical process.
The Mastersizer 2000 was selected primarily on the basis of: its speed of measurement and rapid delivery of results; the flexibility that allows the easy analysis of both wet and dry samples; instrument-to-instrument reproducibility; and the comprehensive local support provided by AP Instruments, Malvern’s representative in Poland. This local support is also backed by comprehensive web-based education and training, and telephone helpdesk facilities. The worldwide use of the Mastersizer 2000 for a very large number of different applications also meant that many reference sites could be consulted during the decision-making process.
In Poland soil is classified in line with EU rules for agrochemical use. Nitrate retention levels, and therefore appropriate fertilizer usage rates, are related to soil characteristics. Using the Mastersizer 2000, soils can be classified into four distinct groups - gravel, sand, silt and clay - using just a simple 30-second measurement. Both wet and dry samples can be analyzed easily by the simple and straightforward switching of sample dispersion units. The Mastersizer 2000 is fully automated and driven by standard operating procedures (SOPs) that allow the easy and reliable transfer of analytical procedures between instruments at different sites.
The Mastersizer 2000 is a laser diffraction-based particle size analyzer designed for routine use. Malvern Instruments has extensive expertise in the field of laser diffraction, developed over a period of more than 30 years. This expertise is used to offer exceptional technical support to customers, through a well-developed, highly effective worldwide network of suppliers. The Mastersizer 2000 offers flexibility, a broad measuring range (0.2 – 2000 ìm) and excellent accuracy and reproducibility.