Bellingham + Stanley, a Xylem brand, has launched new and updated refractometer lines to complement its wide range of refractometers and polarimeters that have formed the manufacturing base of the company for over a century.
The new RFM-M series instruments and the refreshed line of RFM700 refractometers are both designed for use in factory environments and, while catering for different needs, share common features.
These include a durable membrane keypad that offers tangible button presses as opposed to touchscreen options, and fast, easy-to-use, on-board software.
The RFM330-M and RFM340-M are additions to Bellingham + Stanley’s RFM300+ range, adding high-precision Peltier temperature control to the refractometers’ features.
They also have new chemical-resistant membrane touch-button interfaces with 4-inch high-resolution displays and wide beam optics, ensuring even greater user efficiency, says the company.
The new housing has been ergonomically designed to deal with any spills with a curved chassis and PEEK spill barrier surrounding the shallow, easy-clean stainless steel prism dish.
The new RFM-M series instruments and the refreshed line of RFM700 refractometers are both designed for use in factory environments and, while catering for different needs, share common features
RFM300-M measurements are made through a recognisable measuring mode or a simple ‘Methods’ system. The latter allows one-touch configuration of scale, temperature set-point and sample stability criteria, together with the ability to store up to 8,000 results alongside pre-set limits that can be used as an audit tool.
Up to 100 Methods may be user-defined, with parameters such as scale and temperature set-points being configured through the keypad, making use of the instruments’ on-board library of more than 20 internationally recognised scales.
The RFM300-M series is suited for use in demanding applications such as the food, beverage and chemical industries.
With RFID swipe technology now as standard, the RFM300-M Series refractometers provide individual user clearance and a log of operator and configuration functions; particularly useful within FDA regulated environments operating in accordance with 21 CFR Part 11, or where good practice is adopted – for example, as part of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP).
The RFM700 series has been updated with simplicity in mind to offer digital automated technology at a competitive price, adds Bellingham + Stanley.
In addition to new keyboard and software features, latest models feature more scale and temperature compensation options than ever before.
This permits instruments to be used not only to directly measure concentration in traditional food, sugar, and beverage applications (Brix, HFCS, salinity, etc.), but also in other applications where temperature control is not required.
The RFM700 has a new auto-sense mode, sensing samples placed on the flat sapphire prism so that it can make a ‘hands-free’ measurement. In conjunction with the ‘no-presser design’, this permits rapid cleaning.