TOC Analyzer: TOC-L
TASNEE is famous as a petrochemical company, but also engages in a variety of activities such as chemicals and metal & metallurgical. TASNEE was established in 1985 and has since grown to become the second largest industrial Saudi Company and the second largest producer of titanium dioxide in the world. Today, we visited the QC laboratory of TASNEE to interview Mr. Hadi Al Dossary and Mr. Jaber Al Naqi about the SHIMADZU TOC-L analyzer they are using.
Mr. Jaber Al Naqi: Specialist, QC Lab, QC Lab Department
TASNEE (TASNEE Petrochemical Complex)
*Affiliates and titles of the interviewee are current as of the time of reporting.
Mr. Hadi Al Dossary, could you please tell us about your company and your role in your lab?
We are a petrochemical company manufacturing a wide range of chemical products,such as polypropylene, polyethylene, acrylic acid, etc. I manage the QC laboratory. We have many analytical instruments, including GC, LC, TOC,auto-Titrator, FTIR, etc. I will escort you through our lab, which we are planning to expand, later.
Among many analytical instruments, we have three TOC-L analyzers from SHIMADZU TOC-L. Previously, we had two non-SHIMADZU TOC analyzers. The problem that we had with these TOC analyzers was poor support by the local agency. We switched to the SHIMADZU TOC-L, because the support of the local agency, before and after the purchase, was excellent.
No! I said the support was “excellent”, not “good”. You see, want to emphasize the importance of the local agency’s support. It is as important as the performance of the instrument itself. Then, we bought two more SHIMADZU TOC-L.
We are measuring the TOC of the wastewaters and many water samples which come from the water treatment facility, including sea waters. For us, both the hardware and the software of SHIMADZU TOC-L are excellent. It is like a TOYOTA car! There is no comparable instrument available in the market, and this is the only instrument that we can recommend to others who are looking to purchase a TOC analyzer.
One thing I want to point out is the rinse water reservoir. It is not large enough to complete whole analyses of samples on the auto-sampler in our case. So, we replaced it with a larger one by ourselves, and it works fine now. Another thing is the auto-sampler error we experienced in the past.
Comments About the Interview
Two major advanced technologies incorporated in the SHIMADZU TOC-L are the combustion temperature and the combustion catalyst. The 680℃ Catalytic Combustion technology makes it possible to handle brine samples, while the high-sensitivity catalyst realizes a 4 μg/L detection limit. Thus, TOC-L can be used in a wide range of applications, from pure water to wastewater containing salts.
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