There is a continuing and increasing demand for a rapid, simple and cost-effective measurement of sulfur in a wide range of petroleum products including automotive, marine and aviation fuels. Benchtop energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) analysers such as the LAB-X5000 can be found in many refinery laboratories and petrochemical test laboratories, with the instruments often operated by production staff on a 24/7 basis, providing accurate results conforming to globally accepted test norms. EDXRF is well regarded for its excellent performance, ease of use, versatility, speed and cost-effectiveness. Within the oil supply system from crude oil to refinery output, distribution, storage and usage, quality control and assurance is required at almost every stage of the process.
Air and water quality are becoming increasingly important concerns for the shipping and boating industries. As part of ongoing efforts to reduce accumulating pollution released from burning fossil fuels, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced that the Maritime Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to implement the proposed 0.50% global sulfur cap on marine fuels on January 1st, 2020. This is a significant reduction from the current limit of 3.50% which has been in place since 2012. Within sulfur emission control areas (SECA), the sulfur limit remains at the 0.10% level established in 2015. Beginning January 1, 2018 companies will be required to monitor emissions from impacted ships. Sulfur content in fuels reduces their heating values and increases their CO2-to-heat contents. Taking on fuel with lower sulfur content and verifying its concentration can be part of an emissions reduction program. On-board sulfur testing is a simple, reliable and affordable way to ensure compliance to maritime emission regulations and avoid delays, fines, sanctions, vessel forfeiture or other penalties.
The LAB-X5000 can measure sulfur from the ppm range to high percent, covering all analytical requirements in a refinery laboratory, on a ship or in a testing laboratory.