Petrolab Company  

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Petrolab Company offers the greatest selection of products for the food, flavors, and fragrance industries. Our laboratory products include automated instruments for analysis of vapor pressure and flashpoint. Also available is the new 12-position autosampler to accompany your Grabner flashpoint tester.

 Press Releases

  • Petrolab Company along with Grabner Instruments, is pleased to launch the new MINIFLASH FPA Vision Autosampler, the latest addition to the Vision-series product line. The FPA is an automated accessory specifically developed for use with any MINIFLASH FP Vision analyzer. Its modular design creates scalability, giving the option to expand with an autosampler at any time. Full-compatibility with Grabner’s Vision-series of flashpoint analyzers allows a single autosampler to handle flashpoint measurements between -13 and 752°F (-25 and 400°C) and exchanging analyzers takes seconds.

    MINIFLASH FPA provides a sample position increase of 50% over the previous generation FLA model, which in turn means less-frequent carousel changes and longer, uninterrupted runtime. This resource efficiency translates to increased profitability from FP-Vision analyzers as daily sample-throughput can be significantly increased while reducing cost of operation.

    With a benchtop footprint of only ~1.9 ft² (0.18 m²), the FPA maintains Grabner’s focus on “mini methods”. Its industrial-grade coatings, electronics, motors, and hardware provide a robust design that is suited for continuous operation in the busiest laboratories and harsh environments. The MINIFLASH FPA Vision comes equipped with liquid cooling ports, allowing an external chiller to regulate the sample drawer’s internal temperature. Grabner Instruments has raised the bar for their class-defining flashpoint autosamplers by creating unmatched scalability, durability, and simplicity through innovation.


  • MiniFlash FP Vision

  • MINIFLASH FP Vision is uniquely designed to determine the flashpoints of liquids and solids. The analyzer uses a Grabner flashpoint detection method, which is triggered by an energy-controlled electric arc and measures instantaneous pressure increase inside a closed chamber. By heating the test chamber from the top, the analyzer prevents condensation of high volatile compounds and guarantees improved test results.

    MINIFLASH FP Vision continuously closed cup design and small sample volume of only 1-2 mL offer maximum safety. No offensive fumes are released in the testing area and little to no sample waste is registered when performing a flashpoint test. The fast thermoelectric cooling at the end of each flashpoint test plus the easy handling of the instrument also save expensive labor time.

    MINIFLASH FP Vision is part of the Vision analyzer line. Vision analyzers support remote access to test results via the COCKPITTM Software and are equipped with a full-color touchscreen. The touchscreen of the MINIFLASH Vision features an easy-to-use graphical interface and eliminates the need for training. Any technician can run a flashpoint test with the MINIFLASH FP Vision! As other analyzers of the Vision product line, MINIFLASH FP Vision offers hassle-free communication with USB, Ethernet, LIMS and PCs and nearly unlimited storage capacity for test results.

    Grabner Instruments offers two versions of MINIFLASH FP VisionMINIFLASH FPH Vision, for high temperatures up to 400°C, and MINIFLASH FP Vision, for temperatures between -25 to 120°C.

    The flashpoint testers determine flashpoint according to ASTM D6450 and according to the advanced ASTM D7094 standard. This procedure describes the “Standard Test Method for Flashpoint by Modified Continuously Closed Cup (MCCCFP)”, which offers the highest repeatability and reproducibility and an excellent correlation to the D93 Pensky-Martens method. The official statement from the ASTM committee reads: "there is no statistically significant bias observed between ASTM D7094 and ASTM D93 Procedure A”. Also, ASTM D7094 has been approved by the ASTM committee for the Diesel Fuel and Kerosene specifications ASTM D975D396D2880, and D3699.

    Test results delivered by these ASTM methods are equivalent to other well-known standards such as Abel and TAG. Additionally, thanks to the unique design, MINIFLASH FP Vision can be used for difficult applications like flashpoint testing of biodiesel and of contaminated samples. Examples of contaminated samples that can be tested with the analyzer are diesel fuel in lube oil and gasoline in diesel fuel.

    Due to true portability and rugged housing, the MINIFLASH FP Vision is the perfect solution for mobile labs and military applications. FP(H) Vision's ejecting sample drawer allows for the easiest and safest sample cup insertion. The open-tray design minimizes the risk of sample spillage during loading of the sample cup and keeps the operator's hands away from the oven surface, which is especially important for high-temperature applications.

    The FPH Vision is equipped with a patented cooling block that provides a high thermal contact conductance when the oven is needed to cool down between tests. A Peltier element (thermoelectric cooling device) prepares the cooling block by cooling it before being moved into place to remove heat from the oven. Its robust design allows the block to fully engage the oven assembly, until the oven is cooled, without risk of damage to the Peltier element. Due to the large thermal capacity of the cooling block, the FPHV oven can be cooled-down faster than similar technologies on the market while consuming less power. Faster cooling translates to lower measuring intervals and maximum sample throughput.