New XRF Solves Petro-Marine Test Need

02/21/13
Eastern Applied Research Inc. www.easternapplied.com

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Eastern Applied Research Inc is pleased to announce continued innovation from the Xenemetrix line of x-ray fluorescence equipment.  The Xenemetrix development team is set to introduce its new Petro-Marine XRF system, a sulfur monitoring system for marine vessels.  New legislation requires the use of low sulfur fuels in environmentally sensitive areas and the Petro-Marine XRF is an on-board x-ray fluorescence analysis system that detects sulfur in diesel fuel to provide compliance with new international regulations.

Ship for Petro Marine Sulfur TestingThe International Maritime Organization (IMO, www.imo.org) continuously sets new standards in order to minimize and control the harmful polluting exhausts from vessel engines.  IMO is the worlds largest maritime organization with over 170 member states and acts as a regulatory agency for the international maritime industry.  The monitoring and control of sulfur oxides under the MARPOL Annex VI convention is divided between inside Emission Control Areas (ECA) and outside ECA.  These regulations are enforced both globally and locally by each country and failure to comply can lead to heavy penalties.

The Xenemetrix Petro-Marine XRF system is equipped with GPRS/WiFi/Satellite Data Transfer and GPS, which provides the ability to immediately upload location based data to the shipping company for reporting and monitoring.  The capabilities of this analyzer will be of greatest interest to merchant ships, of which there are approximately 55,000 currently in service worldwide.  This figure includes bulk carriers, dry cargo vessels, multi-purpose vessels, container vessels, tankers, liquid petroleum gas, liquid natural gas, and most cruise ships.

In addition to the ability to measure sulfur oxides in diesel fuel, the Petro-Marine XRF system is designed to also monitor:

Wear Metals in Oils: the concentrations of wear metals in engine lubricating oil can be directly related to the engine components and can indicate component wear.  An engine maintenance program using the Petro-Marine XRF system routinely measures concentrations of wear metals in oils in order to avoid unexpected engine failure and ensure a high degree of safety.  In addition, monitoring the content of calcium, zinc, and phosphorus reveals information pertaining to a diluted additive or improper choice of oil during engine maintenance.

Cat Fines in Fuels: cat fines are compounds of silicon and aluminum which are required as catalysts in the refining process.  However, these particles can cause severe cylinder wall damage when present in large concentrations and can cause engine failure.  The Petro-Marine XRF system allows ship owners to confirm the presence and magnitude of Cat Fines in the fuel within seconds during the fuel purchasing process, thereby avoiding potential engine failure.

Sea Water Contamination: contamination in marine fuels is detected through analyzing the content of sodium, chlorine, magnesium, and potassium.

Fraudulent Mixing of Bunker Fuels: routine analysis can detect fraudulent mixing of used lubrication oils.

Xenemetrix continues to develop ED-XRF technology to solve a variety of elemental analysis requirements and Eastern Applied Research is pleased to be the distributor throughout North America.  Information on the Petro-Marine XRF, or any other Xenemetrix analyzer, can be requested through XRF Sales Associates of Eastern Applied Research.