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The Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer delivers rapid, accurate particle size distributions for both wet and dry dispersions with the minimum of effort. Measuring over the nanometer to millimeter particle size ranges, it packs exceptional performance into the smallest of footprints, bringing operator-independent measurements that every user can rely on.

Overview

The Mastersizer 3000 is the latest generation of the world’s most popular particle sizing instrument. Incorporating expert engineering and applications know-how into every stage of its design, it delivers:

  • Class-leading particle sizing performance in a compact footprint.
  • Intuitive software with built-in expertise to ease your workload.
  • Flexible reporting to display your data the way you want it.
  • Rapid and effective wet dispersion.
  • Fast, reliable particle size measurement of fragile and cohesive dry powders.
  • Mastersizer know-how throughout, for results you can rely on.

How it works

The Mastersizer 3000 uses the technique of laser diffraction to measure the size of particles. It does this by measuring the intensity of light scattered as a laser beam passes through a dispersed particulate sample. This data is then analyzed to calculate the size of the particles that created the scattering pattern.

A typical system is made up of three main elements:

  • Optical bench - A dispersed sample passes though the measurement area of the optical bench, where a laser beam illuminates the particles. A series of detectors then accurately measure the intensity of light scattered by the particles within the sample for both red and blue light wavelengths and over a wide range of angles.
  • Sample dispersion units (accessories). Sample dispersion is controlled by a range of wet and dry dispersion units. These ensure the particles are delivered to the measurement area of the optical bench at the correct concentration and in a suitable, stable state of dispersion.
  • Instrument software. The Mastersizer 3000 software controls the system during the measurement process and analyzes the scattering data to calculate a particle size distribution. It also provides both instant feedback during method development and expert advice on the quality of the results.

Specification

General

Particle size:
Suspensions, emulsions, dry powders
Principle:
Laser light scattering
Analysis:
Mie and Fraunhofer scattering
Data acquisition rate:
10 kHz
Typical measurement time:
<10 sec
Dimensions (W, D, H):
690mm x 300mm x 450mm
Weight:
30 kg

Optics

Red light source:
Max. 4mW He-Ne, 632.8nm
Blue light source:
Max. 10mW LED, 470nm
Lens arrangement:
Reverse Fourier (convergent beam)
Effective focal length:
300mm

Detector

Arrangement:
Log-spaced array
Angular range:
0.015 - 144 degrees
Alignment:
Automatic

Size

Particle size:
0.01 - 3500 µm *
Number of size classes:
100 (user adjustable)
Accuracy:
Better than 0.6% **
Precision / Repeatability:
Better than 0.5% variation *
Reproducibility:
Better than 1% variation *

Software

21 CFR part 11:
Enables an operating mode that assists with ER/ES compliance

System compliance

Laser safety:
Class 1, IEC60825-1:2007 and CFR Chapter I: Sub-chapterJ: Part 1040 (CDRH)
Regulatory testing:
RoHS and WEEE compliant CE / FCC compliant Meets requirements of the European Low Voltage directive

System

Power:
100/240 v, 50/60 Hz 50W (no dispersion units connected) 200W maximum (2 dispersion units connected)
Humidity:
80% maximum for temperatures up to 31°C, decreasing linearly to 50% at 40°C. Non condensing.
Operating temperature (°C):
+5°C to +40°C
Product storage temperature:
-20°C to +50°C
Ingress Protection (IP) rating:
IP41B

Notes

*:
Sample and sample preparation dependent.
**:
Accuracy defined for the measurement of monomodal latex standards. This specification accounts for the manufacturer’s uncertainty in the latex size. Sample and sample preparation dependant.
Patents:
The Mastersizer 3000 optical bench is protected by patents; US6,778,271 and related filings; GB2,340,932; together with patents based on applications WO2013038161, WO2013038160 and WO2013038159. Hydro MV and LV protected by EP1167946A2 and related filings.

Latest software update

3.30
(15/06/2015)
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Accessories

Wet sample dispersion accessories

Hydro Sight See your dispersion Image The Hydro Sight™ is a revolutionary accessory for the Mastersizer range of instruments providing rapid visualization and assessment of your liquid particle dispersion during a measurement. More information
Hydro SV Small volume wet sample dispersion Image The Hydro SV is a simple, cost effective liquid dispersion unit designed to enable particle size analysis using small volumes of sample and dispersant. More information
Hydro MV Medium volume automated dispersion unit. Image The Hydro MV is medium volume unit for the controlled, automated wet dispersion of samples for particle size analysis. Suitable for both aqueous and non-aqueous applications, it is especially useful when sample size is limited and/or dispersant use must be minimized. More information
Hydro LV Large volume wet sample dispersion. Image The Hydro LV is an automated large volume unit that controls wet dispersion of materials for particle size analysis. It is especially suitable for applications where the sample size is relatively large or the size distribution is very broad. More information
Hydro EV Flexible volume wet dispersion Image A unique dip-in wet sample dispersion unit that can be used with standard laboratory glassware. Suitable for a wide variety of dispersant volumes and particle size ranges. More information
Hydro SM Small volume entry level wet dispersion unit Image The Hydro SM is a cost effective wet sample dispersion unit designed for measuring samples in non-aqueous dispersants where solvent usage needs to be minimized. More information

Dry sample dispersion accessories

Aero S State-of-the-art dry powder dispersion Image Setting new standards for dry powder dispersion, the Aero S has been designed from the ground up based upon fundamental powder dispersion theory. The modular design ensures rapid and reproducible dispersion of the widest range of samples from cohesive powders to fragile materials. More information
Aero Funnel Sample Feeder Rapid QC measurements for bulk powder samples Aero S and Aero M funnel sample feeder for the measurement of bulk dry powder particle size distributions. The Aero funnel sample feeder is designed to help users achieve rapid, reproducible bulk dry powder particle size measurements by allowing samples to be added directly to the Aero S and Aero M dry powder dispersion units without opening the dispersion unit lid. This speeds up and simplifies the process of introducing samples for analysis, decreasing the time required to obtain results. More information

Support

Protect your investment and ensure optimized performance at all times with Malvern’s service plans.

When you purchase a Malvern product we understand that this is just the first stage of a working relationship that will last for the lifetime of the instrument. Depending on your needs, Malvern will provide the support for your business.

Help Desk

Training

Software downloads

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For laboratories where maximizing instrument up-time is critical to its daily performance. Our highest level of response and the 'all inclusive' price plan takes care of those unexpected repair bills should the unfortunate occur.

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Enhance your laboratory productivity by maintaining instrument efficiency. Still receive that priority response, combined with specialist technical and software support, we'll keep your instrument performance on track to deliver.

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For laboratories looking to optimize instrument performance, regular preventative maintenance is essential.

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Annual PM/PV Test
yes
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no
Telephone / Email Support
yes
yes
no
Priority Response
yes
yes
no
Emergency Breakdown visits*
yes
yes
no
Parts Included
yes
no
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Technical & Software Support
yes
yes
yes
IQ/OQ (Pharma)***
yes
yes
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*including labour & travel costs***available at an additional cost

 
 

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Achieving method transfer from Mastersizer 2000 to Mastersizer 3000 Webinar - Live (English)

Since its launch in 2011 the Mastersizer 3000 has been shown to offer users many improvements in ease of use, speed of measurement and scope of application compared to the Mastersizer 2000. However, these cannot be realised within Quality Control app...

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Demo at your desk - Particle sizing for the Pharma industry Webinar - Live (English)

This online demo is designed to provide you with an introduction to the Mastersizer 3000. You will be able to take a look at the Mastersizer 3000 and it’s accessories via the webcam in our lab, and we will share the Mastersizer 3000 software with you...

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September 17 2015
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Will the size distribution obtained from sieving, be different to that obtained from laser diffraction? FAQ

As diffraction is based upon the volume of the equivalent sphere, then unless the particles are perfectly spherical, there will be differences dependent upon the shape of the particle.



Mastersizer 3000 Web Demo: measuring dry dispersions for simpler, optimal characterization Webinar - Recorded (English)

Analyzing powders as a dry dispersion is in many ways simpler and faster than wet dispersion. In order to characterize a wide variety of materials accurately, it is important to control the aerodynamic dispersion. From limited quantities of Active Ph...

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Mastersizer 3000
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