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Frontier Biodiesel FAME Analyzer

The Biodiesel FT-IR FAME Analyzer is comprised of a Frontier FT-IR spectrometer, a UATR or HATR accessory, and Spectrum 10 software configured specifically for biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) analysis using the ASTM D7371-07 and EN 14078:2003 methodologies.

Part Number L125000P
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Efficient Biodiesel Analysis

The Frontier MIR is the industry standard regarding laboratory FT-IR performance. The system is idea for biodiesel analysis as it offers proven and robust sampling with built-in diagnostics and calibrations functions to deliver the most accurate and reliable data.

With the Biodiesel FAME Analyzer system, ASTM D7371-07 and EN 14078:2003 calibrations and prediction protocols are supplied so the instrument can be up and running in the shortest possible time. Automation and single-click calculation protocols enable reproducible results.

The Biodiesel FAME Analyzer comes equipped with:

  • Frontier FT-MIR spectrometer
  • A UATR or HATR sampling accessory
  • Spectrum 10 software
  • Quant+ addition software kit for biodiesel analysis

Frontier MIR Spectrometer

Frontier FT-MIR spectrometers configured for the Biodiesel FAME Analyzer feature:

  • Standard, high-performance, room-temperature LiTaO3 (lithium tantalate) MIR detector with a SNR of 10,000:1
  • Optional temperature-stabilized DTGS (deuterated triglycine sulfate) detector, ideal for low-light, high throughput applications with an enhanced SNR of 15,000:1
  • Optical system with KBr beamsplitter to enable quality data collection over a range of 8,300 – 350 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.4 cm-1
  • Standard KBr windows
  • Standard AVC/APV/AVI configuration
  • Option for either a PerkinElmer UATR or HATR sampling accessory

Setting the Standard

The Frontier is loaded with a range of advanced innovations designed to provide optimal performance for biodiesel analysis.

  • Dynascan interferometer – Fixed mirror-pair interferometer design does not require dynamic alignment to compensate for errors.
  • Atmospheric Vapor Compensation (AVC) – Features an advanced digital filtering algorithm designed to compensate for CO2 and H2O absorptions in real time removing the need for instrument purging.
  • Automatic Performance Verification (APV) – Optional feature comprising an integrated, fully automatic filter wheel containing traceable reference materials and software allowing for abscissa, ordinate, noise, ASTM, and USP tests to be performed.
  • Absolute Virtual Instrument (AVI) – Optional AVI standardization using gas phase methane spectra ensures instruments are accurately calibrated. Unique standardization allows data to be transferred precisely between instruments, side-by-side or in remote locations.
  • Sigma-Delta Conversion: The use of Sigma-Delta converters in the digitization of the FT-IR interferogram improves the dynamic range, reduces spectral artifacts, and increases ordinate linearity to provide accurate, reproducible results.
  • Variable J-stop – Limits beam divergence to provide optimal measurements at all resolutions, including intermediate settings.
  • Output focusing optics for second sampling station – Enables two sampling accessories to be installed simultaneously, removing the need to switch modules between measurements.

ATR Sampling Accessory

The UATR and HATR are excellent general accessories for the analysis of solids and liquids, producing high quality spectra through the use of a pressure arm by allowing good contact of the sample with the crystal. The Universal ATR (UATR) 9-bounce accessory is designed for superior analysis of liquid samples, featuring a diamond/ZnSe crystal. The Horizontal ATR (HATR) is designed for efficient, reproducible analysis of dilute liquid solutions, featuring a fixed 45 degree sampling trough plate with a ZnSe crystal.

Features of the UATR and HATR include:

  • Automatic recognition - as soon as the accessory is placed in the sample compartment, the module is recognized, and system suitability checks can be carried out.
  • Zero alignment, zero set-up - once locked into the instrument, the system is ready to be used without any alignment
  • Integration - the plug-in module design means the accessory becomes an integral part of the instrument once installed
  • Live spectral preview mode and force readout in Spectrum software ensure good contact with the crystal before scanning

Results Matter

The Spectrum 10 software suite drives the Frontier MIR system and can support advanced FT-IR analysis in research and industrial laboratories, always providing optimal results. The software supplied with your instrument enables you to control the instrument and to manipulate the spectra that you collect. The spectrometers can operate in ratio, single-beam, or interferogram mode.

For regulated industries that demand secure IR quality testing, Spectrum 10 ES software is available and encompasses user access control, audit trailing, data security, and data integrity to ensure secure analyses to meet the technical demands of 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. The revolutionary Spectrum AssureID software is available and can provide manufacturing QA/QC functions with a rapid, unambiguous means of verifying identity and quality of a production material. Spectrum Quant is an optional software package designed for novice and advanced spectroscopists who need to integrate accurate quantitative analysis into their MIR analysis.


Depth 60.0 cm
Detector Type LiTaO3
Height 30.0 cm
Operating Range 5 - 40 °C
Portable No
Product Brand Name Frontier
Wave Length Range 8,300 – 350 cm-1
Weight 34.0 kg
Width 52.0 cm


Detector Type Accessory Part Number
LiTaO3 UATR L125000P
LiTaO3 HATR L125000R
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