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TECHNICAL NOTE

Subject:

DMA-80 Testing procedure

Ref. Model(s):

DMA-80
This brief procedure has been intended as a Service tool to be followed everytime you meet analytical
issues on the DMA80 instruments and for the which you find difficult the resolution. Fill in and follow
the procedure step by step.
General information
Company
Person in charge
Testing date

Technical data
Unit Serial Number:
Terminal type or USB-640 Gateway:

SN:

Software, type and revision:

Rev.:

Gas carrier

Oxygen

Air Compressor

Purity:

SN:

Gas system pump (if present)

SN:

Catalyst tube

LOT:

Inst. on:

Amalgamator tube

LOT:

Inst. on:

Installation and last maintenance


dates:

Inst. on:

Maint. on:

DMA-80 Hardware information


Internal pressure

bar:

Flow rate

l/h:

Amalgamator stand by temperature

C:

Amalgamator heating temperature

C:

Catalyst temperature

C:

Cuvette temperature

C:

Drying decomposition temperature

C:

OFFSET detector

VDC:

GAIN detector

VDC:

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TECHNICAL NOTE
Subject:

DMA-80 Testing procedure

Ref. Model(s):

DMA-80
Testing procedure
1. Initialize the consumables: run the procedure here below in order to remove humidity and
each trace of contamination from the consumables
Step

Reagent/sample
type

1-2

B/V amalgamator

Sampl
e
amoun
t
100mg
(indicat
ive
value)

DMA80 program
Drying time and
temp.(1) (2)

Decomposition
Purge/waiting
time and temp.(1) (2)
time

IR:
10sec/300C + IR: 60sec/850C +
Blank
120sec/300C
120sec/850C
3-4-5
(without sample
70sec
ATC: 10sec/200C + ATC: 60sec/650C +
boat)
120sec/200C
120sec/650C
IR:
10sec/300C + IR: 60sec/850C +
120sec/850C
Common white flour 300mg 120sec/300C
6
70sec
+ distilled H2O
+50mg ATC: 10sec/200C + ATC: 60sec/650C +
120sec/200C
120sec/650C
10sec/300C + IR: 60sec/850C +
100mg IR:
Blank
120sec/850C
(indicat 120sec/300C
7-8
(without sample
70sec
ive
ATC: 10sec/200C + ATC: 60sec/650C +
boat)
value) 120sec/200C
120sec/650C
IR:
10sec/300C + IR: 60sec/850C +
120sec/850C
Common white flour 300mg 120sec/300C
9
70sec
+ distilled H2O
+50mg ATC: 10sec/200C + ATC: 60sec/650C +
120sec/200C
120sec/650C
10sec/300C + IR: 60sec/850C +
100mg IR:
Blank
120sec/850C
(indicat 120sec/300C
10
(without sample
70sec
ive
ATC: 10sec/200C + ATC: 60sec/650C +
boat)
value) 120sec/200C
120sec/650C
(1)
The program has to be set according to the type of temperature control on the Drying/Decomposition
furnace: external infrared (IR) or internal thermocouple (ATC) sensor.
(2)
In case of T640-660/T1640-1660 controller the reported temperature and time refer to the holding
step
(3)
Quartz sample boat required.
In case of metal boats usage, they must be deeply cleaned before to run a stability test.

2. After conditioning, two stability tests are required:


Stability of 100l of 100ppb (10ng)

a) Run minimum 2 blanks on the same sample boat (quartz if possible) in manner to clean it
b) Run blanks until absorbance value (Height) decrease under 0.0020
c) Set a fresh and stabilized 100g/L Hg standard according to the prescriptions reported on the
DMA80 User Manual. The quality of the used standard is fundamental for the success of the
entire procedure
d) Weight approximately 100g of the fresh 100g/L Standard (10ng) and start the analysis as
a single measurement mode
e) Repeat five times the test
f) Run again two blanks measurements
Stability of 500 l of 100ppb (50ng)

a) Run minimum 2 blanks on the same sample boat (quartz if possible) in manner to clean it
b) Run blanks until absorbance value (Height) decrease under 0.0020
c) Set a fresh and stabilized 100g/L Hg standard according to the prescriptions reported on the
DMA80 User Manual. The quality of the used standard is fundamental for the success of the
entire procedure
d) Weight approximately 500g of the fresh 100g/L Standard (10ng) and start the analysis as
a single measurement mode
e) Repeat five times the test
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Phone: 0039-035-573857 Fax: 0039-035-575498 e.mail: service@milestonesrl.com
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TECHNICAL NOTE
Subject:

DMA-80 Testing procedure

Ref. Model(s):

DMA-80
f)

Run again two blanks measurements

POINT A-B

POINT D-E

POINT F

SINGLE MODE

Evaluation of the results and temperature adjustment


Unit properly working
Stability of 100l of 100ppb (10ng)

RSD 3%
Absorbance range: from 0.4200 to 0.5700

Stability of 500 l of 100ppb (50ng)

RSD 3%
Absorbance range (cell 2) from 0.0400 to
0.0600

If the results do not pass the above acceptance criteria or/and they show the following issues:
- first reading of the stability very low
- low absorbance
- big difference of Hg concentration from the test with 10ng compared with the test with 50ng
Send the document filled in and the measurement file in .d80 format to Milestone s.r.l. at
service@milestonesrl.com for evaluation.

Milestone Srl Via Fatebenefratelli 1/5 24010 Sorisole (BG) Italy


Phone: 0039-035-573857 Fax: 0039-035-575498 e.mail: service@milestonesrl.com
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