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Microwave Fat Determination in Food and Feed Samples with ETHOS X microwave extraction system
Total fat determination in food and feed matrices is a routine analysis for several testing and food processor labs, as it is part of labelling process and QC testing. Nowadays, the process still relies on outdated and matrix-dependent methods which use obsolete and time-consuming technologies. In the ETHOS X hydrolysis and extraction are done in a single step and in less time, ensuring higher productivity and better workflow. The ETHOS X method for total fat determination is applicable to any matrix; enables to process 45 sample a day, ensure lower cost per sample, offers complete fat determination and it is safe and compact.

Tags: extraction, food

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Agro-food waste valorization as a source of valuable biochemicals in circular economy: a reality
Milestone and Univeristy of Alicante host an Online Free Conference on October 21, 2020, in the framework of BARBARA project. This online training conference provided a platform to meet companies and researchers interested in the application of circular economy for the valorization of agro-food wastes. The potential of microwaves and rapid antimicrobial techniques will be shown by Milestone and Metrohm Hispania. The main results obtained in BARBARA project will be presented as a successful example of valorization and final industrial application.

Tags: extraction, circular economy, waste valorization, biochemicals

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analytica virtual
This year, the Analytica trade fair will take place virtually to bring exhibitors and visitors together despite the current epidemiological situation.
Milestone, as a company open to new approaches, will be at this unprecedented online event with a virtual and interactive booth. Visitors will be able to discover our product lines and application solutions from the convenience of their computer.

Tags: exhibition

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Fast and efficient filtration process for environmental applications

The analysis of organic pollutants and metals in environmental matrices, such as soils and sediments, often includes the filtration step, either after a solvent extraction process or a leaching type acid digestion. The conventional approach to filtration involves old-style apparatus that reduce the lab workflow and occupies valued space in the fume hood. The Simultaneous Filtration System (SFS-24) by Milestone overcome these limitations, improving the lab’s productivity and reducing the fume hood space requirement. The SFS has up to 24 positions and uses the inexpensive Milestone funnels, compatible with all commonly used solvents and mineral acids. This setup is combined with the vacuum pump and the pressure manometer to accelerate and control the process, leading to an easier and faster filtration approach.

Tags: extraction, filtration

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Fast and efficient filtration process for environmental applications

The analysis of organic pollutants and metals in environmental matrices, such as soils and sediments, often includes the filtration step, either after a solvent extraction process or a leaching type acid digestion. The conventional approach to filtration involves old-style apparatus that reduce the lab workflow and occupies valued space in the fume hood. The Simultaneous Filtration System (SFS-24) by Milestone overcome these limitations, improving the lab’s productivity and reducing the fume hood space requirement. The SFS has up to 24 positions and uses the inexpensive Milestone funnels, compatible with all commonly used solvents and mineral acids. This setup is combined with the vacuum pump and the pressure manometer to accelerate and control the process, leading to an easier and faster filtration approach.

Tags: extraction, filtration

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Microwave assisted extraction of pesticides from environmental samples

Pesticides are extensively used in modern agriculture, which could lead to serious consequences due to their biomagnification and persistent nature. Several governments require their analysis in environmental samples. Microwave assisted solvent extraction is a well-established sample preparation technique applied in several official methods. Milestone’s ETHOS X equipped with fastEX-24 rotor was used in this study to prove its efficacy in the extraction of pesticides from environmental matrices.

Tags: extraction, article

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Microwave assisted extraction of pesticides from environmental samples

The analytical instrument is just one component in achieving the lowest limits of detection using plasma spectrochemistry. The other critical area that puts significant demands on a laboratory’s overall detection capability is to ensure that the sample preparation procedure does not contribute any additional sources of contamination.

Tags: metalanalysis, clean chemistry

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Hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) determination in disposal electronic waste

In the past years, the demand of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) determination in electronic components has been dramatically increased. Cr VI is widely used in manufacturing of electronics thanks to its anticorrosive proprieties, although it is highly toxic and carcinogenic. Its determination in disposal electronic waste is pivotal and mandatory in many countries to protect the environment from hazardous contaminants. Our application specialists have done several tests to develop a method in full compliance with IEC 62321-7-2: 2017.

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Our approach to COVID-19

Milestone's priority is to provide a safe environment for our employees, their families, and the communities in which we operate.
We have asked our employees to adopt all the safety measures at work to reduce transmission risks and to keep them safe. All our sites remain open, and we have taken additional precautions to protect our workforce. This includes appropriate screening and social distancing, availability of personal protective equipment, increased cleaning and disinfection and restricted access for visitors.
Internal and external events have been rescheduled virtually, while all our manufacturing sites are operating at normal capacity.
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