Automated titrators are designed to make performing titrations easier, more reliable and more reproducible than manual titrations. They work by expanding the number of ions and compounds that can be measured beyond direct electrode analysis and offer dynamic process controls that adjust the titration to optimize analysis results.
When looking for an automated titrator, it’s important to evaluate your needs based on the type of volumetric analysis needed, whether you plan on repeating titrations and how you plan on managing the data you gather.
Selecting a titrator by application
Choosing the perfect titrator is critical to optimizing your processes. It’s important to first recognize whether you will be performing frequent titrations using a dedicated titrator to analyze a large number of similar samples or performing titrations on a small number of diverse samples.
Titrators can be found in a variety of formats, such as pH, redox or ion selective electrodes (ISE). If you plan to measure acidity or alkalinity a pH titrator may work best for you. If you are looking to measure dissolved oxygen in wastewater by Winkler titration or organic matter in soil, a redox titrator may be a better fit. Use of ISE may yield better results when measuring the total hardness of drinking water and waste water or other chemicals such as chloride, ammonia or calcium. A combination of pH, redox and ISE may suit you better if you need a flexible model for a variety of measurements. More information on identifying the best titrator for your application can be found in the eBook Best Practices using Automated Titrators.
Recording methods and results
Accuracy in titration, is critical, and is one of the main benefits of choosing an automated titrator over a manual set-up. When selecting your titrator, look for one that clearly displays test data and also provides a way to store and recall data.
Features to consider when comparing automated titrators include: number of cycles per sample that the instrument runs, analysis of average concentration and relative standard deviation (RSD) values, and importantly flexibility within the system to exclude any outlier cycle runs. You may also benefit from finding a titrator that offers the flexibility of long-term data retention into sharable file formats such as PDF or comma-separated value (CSV) files.
Using the Titration Setup Wizard users are able to setup parameters for equivalence point or preset endpoint titration. These settings are saved and password protected for when a layer of security is needed. Copying methods and modifying them for similar samples that require minor parameter changes can be done easily. You can even share your methods among multiple titrators using a USB flash drive.
When thinking about your long-term titration needs, an automated titrator may help you streamline your experiments. Manual titration is time consuming, difficult to replicate and less reliable, and requires manual data capture – all of which can be a strain on your lab. If you’re doing manual titration, it’s time to switch gears.