5 Considerations for Microwave Digestion

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Read the top 5 things you want to take into account when selecting the optimal microwave digestion system for your lab. Microwave digestion is the most widely used sample preparation technique for AA, ICP-OES, or ICP-MS analyses.
When it comes to sample preparation, complete digestion is essential for achieving accurate elemental analysis.
Here are 5 Considerations for Microwave Digestion:
1- YOUR SAMPLE
The type of sample you wish to digest will dictate the reagents, microwave method and maximum sample mass. Therefore the type of sample directly impacts the system configuration you choose (vessels and rotors) and performance capabilities (temperature and pressure).

2- SYSTEM CONFIGURATION
Microwave digestion systems are available in various confi gurations to fit many applications. Choosing the optimal configuration will allow your lab to maximize digestion quality and throughput, and ultimately your analysis. Taking your application and samples into account, one must evaluate vessel volume, material, temperature & pressure capabilities.

3- YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
Throughput requirements vary from lab to lab. Choosing the right digestion solution must take into account your lab needs today, with an eye to tomorrow's requirements. A key parameter to evaluate is usability, as it will impact your efficiency and productivity. Always request a demonstration to clarify any questions on equipment usability.

4- ACCESSIBLE EXPERTISE
Fast access to valuable information ensures labs can quickly address common needs and even new challenges. Instantaneous access to application notes, maintenance procedures, methods, tutorial videos, list of spare parts, tips & techniques allows users to overcome common challenges.

5- CARE AND SUPPORT
Optimum instrument performance is related to condition of vessels, covers, and other components exposed to acid in high temperature and pressure conditions. Regular maintenance following a few basic procedures will ensure your system and components deliver many years of service to your lab

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