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MiniFlash FP Vision


FP Vision 
is uniquely designed to determine the flashpoints of liquids and solids. The analyzer uses a Grabner flashpoint detection method, which is triggered by an energy-controlled electric arc and measures instantaneous pressure increase inside a closed chamber. By heating the test chamber from the top, the analyzer prevents condensation of high volatile compounds and guarantees improved test results.

MINIFLASH FP Vision continuously closed cup design and small sample volume of only 1-2 mL offer maximum safety. No offensive fumes are released in the testing area and little to no sample waste is registered when performing a flashpoint test. The fast thermoelectric cooling at the end of each flashpoint test plus the easy handling of the instrument also save expensive labor time.

MINIFLASH FP Vision is part of the Vision analyzer line. Vision analyzers support remote access to test results via the COCKPITTM Software and are equipped with a full-color touchscreen. The touchscreen of the MINIFLASH Vision features an easy-to-use graphical interface and eliminates the need for training. Any technician can run a flashpoint test with the MINIFLASH FP Vision! As other analyzers of the Vision product line, MINIFLASH FP Vision offers hassle-free communication with USB, Ethernet, LIMS and PCs and nearly unlimited storage capacity for test results.

Grabner Instruments offers two versions of MINIFLASH FP Vision: MINIFLASH FPH Vision, for high temperatures up to 400°C, and MINIFLASH FP Vision, for temperatures between -25 to 120°C.

The flashpoint testers determine flashpoint according to ASTM D6450 and according to the advanced ASTM D7094 standard. This procedure describes the “Standard Test Method for Flashpoint by Modified Continuously Closed Cup (MCCCFP)”, which offers the highest repeatability and reproducibility and an excellent correlation to the D93 Pensky-Martens method. The official statement from the ASTM committee reads: "there is no statistically significant bias observed between ASTM D7094 and ASTM D93 Procedure A”. Also, ASTM D7094 has been approved by the ASTM committee for the Diesel Fuel and Kerosene specifications ASTM D975, D396, D2880 and D3699.

Test results delivered by these ASTM methods are equivalent to other well known standards such as Abel and TAG. Additionally, thanks to the unique design, MINIFLASH FP Vision can be used for difficult applications like flashpoint testing of biodiesel and of contaminated samples. Examples of contaminated samples that can be tested with the analyzer are: diesel fuel in lube oil and gasoline in diesel fuel. Due to true portability and rugged housing, the MINIFLASH FP Vision is the perfect solution for mobile labs and military applications.

The New Technology

Peltier Protection Technology
For a quick sample turnaround and extended instrument life, Grabner Instruments developed fast thermoelectric regulation of heating and cooling. This technology allows for extending the measuring temperature to well above 400°C and optimizes Peltier performance and life time.

Ignition Protection Technology
Ignition Protection Technology™ is intrinsic to the MINIFLASH design. Only 1-2 mL of sample are required for testing the flashpoint. There is no open flame during the flashpoint testing. The continuously closed cup design, automatic explosion probing and a controlled air feed protect against fire and offensive fumes for unmatched safety in flashpoint testing!

Combustion Analysis
Sometimes samples contain small concentrations of flammable compounds, which do not show a definite flashpoint. MINIFLASH FP Vision detects very small flames and graphically visualizes the presence of contaminations in those samples.

The ability to control parameters like heat rate, ignition energy and the amount of atmospheric oxygen present in the combustion chamber allows to simulate nearly any flashpoint method and environmental condition.

Wide Range of Applications
With Grabner flashpoint testers, flashpoints are determined over a wide temperature range, simulating all standard closed cup methods as well as GO/NOGO tests using only 1-2 mL samples. The programmable fuel dilution curve (diesel fuel or natural gas in lubricating oil) is a powerful tool for used oil analysis to prevent costly engine troubles. For years, the outstanding performance of MINIFLASH has proven effective for transport regulations/classifications, product specifications and used oil analysis throughout the world.

Other Applications for MINIFLASH include:

Flash point testing of Residuals
Fast screening of Jet Fuel, Diesel Fuel to check for the presence of low flash contaminants.
Advantage: high temperature range and safe operating procedure

Flashpoint testing of products containing solvents like ethanol, IPA, glycerol etc..
Advantage: small sample volume

Flashpoint testing of flammable goods to check for compliance with transport safety regulations.
Advantage: easy handling

Flavors and Fragrances:
Flashpoint testing of aroma products containing alcohol based solvents.
Advantage: small sample volume reduces testing costs significantly in case of expensive base products

Paints and Varnishes:
Flashpoint testing of solvent based paints, varnishes and enamels to determine the safest way of storage.
Advantage: small sample volume and easy to clean

Waste Disposal:
Testing of industrial waste and unknown mixtures of liquid hydrocarbons.
Advantage: small sample volume, fast thermoelectric cooling in case of samples having a flashpoint well below ambient temperature.

Maintenance of Engines, Pumps:
Fuel dilution in lube oils changes oil viscosity and its lubricating properties. The result is increased friction and wear of mechanical parts that can eventually lead to serious damage and engine drop-out. Fuel dilution decreases the flashpoint.
Advantage: preventive maintenance.