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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

1.0
(14/11/2014)
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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

Support

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. Some customers just need to ask an occasional question or to download a software upgrade, whilst others require a comprehensive support contract with priority call out and fixed cost of ownership. Whatever your situation Malvern will provide the right support for you.

Help Desk

  • Telephone and email support.
  • Operators who take responsibility for your call and ensure your query is answered. 

Training

  • On Site training courses
  • Classroom training
  • E-learning

Resource center

  • Application notes
  • Technical notes
  • On demand presentations
  • Live webinars

Software downloads

  • A simple mechanism for receiving updates and new features

Platinum and Gold Service Contracts

  • Protection from the cost of downtime
  • No time lost in obtaining help when you need it
  • Fixed cost of ownership

Bronze Service Agreements

  • Protect the value of your investment
  • Reduce the risk of downtime
  • Protect the validity of your data
 
 

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Masterclass 2: Desarrollo de métodos de dispersión líquida utilizando la técnica de difracción láser Webinar - Live (Spanish)

Este webinario cubrirá el desarrollo de métodos para muestras dispersas en líquidos. Se hará un análisis de los factores que afectan la medición, como el muestreo y la dispersión, y la importancia relativa de estos factores en diferentes rangos de ta...

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March 25 2015
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Detecting the presence of anomolous large particles within powders using laser diffraction particle size analysis Application Note (English)

In some industries, for example, in early-stage pharmaceutical development, it is desirable to measure particle size from a small samples of dry powders. However measuring small quantities risks measuring a sample that is not representative of the bu...


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Measuring small quantities of dry powder using the Aero S and Mastersizer 3000 Application Note (English)

In some industries, for example, in early-stage pharmaceutical development, it is desirable to measure particle size from as little as 5mg of dry material. In this application note, we demonstrate the capability of the Aero S dry dispersion unit and ...


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Measuring small volumes of nanoparticles using the Mastersizer 3000 and Hydro SV Application Note (English)

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