Petrolab Company 30 Year Anniversary

Thursday, November 2, 2017

PETROLAB COMPANY MARKS 30 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN VAPOR PRESSURE TESTING TECHNOLOGY

BROKEN ARROW, OK – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction by Petrolab Company of the first Grabner® Instruments vapor pressure tester—the world’s first automatic vapor pressure tester, an extremely versatile instrument that was designed for automatic determination of vapor pressure behavior of gasoline and gasoline oxygenated blends, crude oil, solvents and other chemical compounds. The worldwide standard instruments are utilized by all major refineries, oil and pipeline companies, independent laboratories and car manufacturers.

Over the years, Petrolab Company and Grabner Instruments have become universally recognized as the worldwide experts in vapor pressure testing always offering a state-of-the art product line. And, since 1993, the MINIVAP tester has served as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s reference instrument for highest-precision vapor pressure measurement. Below is a timeline of AMETEK Petrolab Companies achievements:

1986:           
Petrolab Company and Grabner Instruments, as separate companies, together develop the first American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)-approved vapor pressure tester

1987:           
The first vapor pressure tester is launched and standardized per ASTM D5191:  Standard Test Method for Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products

1989:           
First Grabner
® Instruments MINIVAP VPS vapor pressure tester is sold.  The MINIVAP VPS is now widely accepted worldwide as the standard instrument for testing vapor pressure according to ASTM D5191 and AST D6378: Standard Test Method for Determination of Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products, Hydrocarbons and Hydrocarbon-Oxygenate Mixtures.

1990:           
First Grabner
® Instruments MINIVAP LVR tester for the automatic determination of vapor-liquid-ratio temperature of gasoline is sold.

1992:           
MINIFLASH closed cup flashpoint tester introduced.

1993:           
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declares the MINIVAP VPS the official reference instrument for monitoring vapor pressure of gasoline.

1995:           
The MINIVAP On-Line vapor pressure tester and MINIVAP LPG liquefied petroleum gas vapor pressure tester are introduced.

1998:           
The IROX 2000 portable gasoline analyzer is developed to determine octane, vapor pressure and distillation properties according to ASTM D5845 (Standard Test Method for the Determination of MTBE, ETBE, TAME, DIPE, Methanol, Ethanol, tert-Butanol in Gasoline by Infrared Spectroscopy) and ASTM D6277 (Standard Test Method for Determination of Benzene in Spark-Ignition Engine Fuels Using Mid Infrared Spectroscopy)

MINIVAP VPS and On-Line are standardized to ASTM D6377 (Standard Test Method for Determination of Vapor Pressure of Crude Oil) and D6378.
 

1999:           
MINIVIS falling ball micro-viscometer and MINITEST FFK for the determining 
the flow properties of lubrication grease are introduced.

MINIFLASH flash point tester is standardized for ASTM D6450 (Standard Test Method for the Determination of Flash Point by Continuously Closed Cup)

2000:           
IROX Diesel with Fourier Transfer Infrared Spectroscopy technology is
launched

2002:            
MINIDIS, first truly portable distillation analyzer, is introduced.

2003:           
Chandler Engineering, Petrolab and Grabner Instruments are acquired by
AMETEK, Inc.

2008:           
Grabner
Instruments MINIVIS 445 viscometer for the testing of kinematic and dynamic viscosity.

2009:           
MINIVAP VPXpert third-generation vapor pressure tester introduced.

2010:           
MINIDIS ADXpert portable mini-distillation analyzer introduced

2011:           
MINIFLASH Touch portable flash point tester with convenient touch-screen d
esign is launched.           

2016:           
MINIVAP VP VISION touch screen, state of the art vapor pressure tester introduced.

2017:           
MINIVAP IR VISION touch screen, Infrared Spectroscopy technology w/ Cockpit Software

Today, AMETEK Petrolab Company offers the largest and most complete combination of petrochemical and chemical test instrumentation and accessories in the world for vapor pressure, flashpoint, distillation, and fuel analysis.  The Company is a leader in a broad spectrum of industries to include food quality and safety, flavor and fragrance development, environmental sciences, pharmaceuticals, plastics, biodiesel, paints and coatings with widespread applications in a range of private, government and transportation sectors.