Partica LA-960

Laser Scattering Particle Size Distribution Analyzer

This latest evolution in the LA series advances scientific knowledge for tomorrow’s world through intuitive software, unique accessories, and high performance.

The LA-960 continues HORIBA’s proud tradition of leading the industry with innovative design.

Segment: Scientific
Division: Particle Characterization
Manufacturing Company: HORIBA, Ltd.

Performance that matters

  • Measure particle size between 10 nanometers and 5 millimeters
  • State of the art nanoparticle measurement resolves peaks at 30 nanometers
  • Suitable for suspensions, emulsions, powders, pastes, gels, and creams
  • Easy to use dry powder accessory, read the PowderJet page for more information
  • Requires only micrograms* of sample, minimizing cost of analysis
  • Flexible, fully automated measurement sequences maximize precision and method compliance
  • Excellent reproducibility and unit-to-unit agreement, read the Gage R&R Study for more information
  • Measurements in less than 60 seconds boost productivity
  • Based on the ultra-durable LA-950 platform, noted for its reliability

Software that grows to meet your needs

  • New users are guided by the Method Expert software to create powerful measurement methods with no prior training
  • Experienced users create turn-key measurements with the Sequence function to include custom messages, measurement averaging, pass/fail repeats, and much more
  • Advanced users benefit the Intensity Graph, Custom Calculations, and other power tools to deeply understand their measurements
  • The brand new user interface emphasizes ease of use to ensure hassle-free operation
  • Integrated 21 CFR Part 11 compliant software available with user administration, audit trail, and electronic signature functionality

HORIBA's performance guarantee

  • Guaranteed accuracy of ± 0.6%**
  • Excellent unit-to-unit precision, ideal for multi-location requirements
  • ISO 13320:2009 compliant
  • IQ/OQ available
  • LA-960 performance verified on every unit with NIST-traceable mono- and polydisperse size standards

Our particle expertise = your solution

HORIBA's experienced staff of technical and applications specialists support the LA-960 in 54 offices across 45 countries. We are committed to the satisfaction of our users and to the education of the greater industry and provide many channels of support including:

  • Sample analysis via the many Applications Labs around the world
  • Free software updates, webinars, technical notes, and much more in the Download Center
  • Instant support via phone, e-mail, and online meeting
  • On-site and in-house user training courses
  • Service contracts, verifications, and validations to fit every requirement
  • Advanced software tools to correlate data from other particle size analyzers to maintain historic specifications

Watch the LA-960 Product Overview video (3:19)
This latest evolution in the LA particle size analyzer series advances scientific knowledge for tomorrow’s world through intuitive software, unique accessories, and high performance.

Interview with Rob Lee of Particle Sciences (1:58)
Watch a two minute video detailing how HORIBA Scientific has partnered with Particle Sciences to provide world-class technology and support for their CDMO business.

Measurement MethodMie Scattering Theory
Measurement Range0.01 μm to 5000 μm
Measurement Time1 minute from dispersion liquid filling to measurement and rinse.
Sampling SystemRequired Sample Amount:Sample 10 mg to 5 g (Depends on sample material)
Dispersion Medium:Approx. 180 mL to 250 mL (Using Flow Cell)
Viscosity:Less than 10 mPa・s
Optical SystemLight Source:650 nm Laser Diode approx. 5.0 mW
405 nm Light Emitting Diode (LED) approx. 3.0 mW
Detectors:Silicon Photo Diode
Circulation SystemUltrasonic Probe:Frequency 20 kHz 7-Level selections
Circulation Pump:15-Level selections
Agitator:15-Level selections
Flow/Fraction Cell:Tempax Glass
Power Supply120 V AC ±10% or 230 V AC ±10%, 50/60 Hz ±1%
Power Consumption300 VA
Operating Temperature15 to 35℃ (59 to 95℉)
Operating HumidityRelative Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
External Dimensions705 x 565 x 500 mm (28 x 23 x 20 in)
(W x D x H:not including dimensions of projections)
Mass Approx56 kg (123 lb)

Dry Feeder Accessory

Dispersion MethodInjector-driven forced dispersion in air, using compressed air
Sample Supply MethodVibrating feeder
Sample Ejection MethodVacuum-driven forced ejection
Sample Concentration Adjustment MethodAdjusted by feeder vibration power
Control MethodSerial communication with LA-960 measurement unit
Controlled ItemsFeeder vibration power alteration (automatic or user-set), vacuum ON/OFF, compressed air valve ON/OFF, pressure is adjustable
Measurement TimeNormally about 2 seconds from start of measurement
Operating Temperature / Humidity15 to 35℃, 85% RH max. (no condensation) (59 to 95℉)
Outer Dimensions332 mm x 321 mm x 244 mm (13 x 13 x 10 in)
(W x D x H:not including dimensions of projections and LA-960 measurement unit)
Power SupplyAC 100/120/230V, 50/60 Hz, 1500 VA
(Including vacuum; not including LA-960 measurement unit)
Compressed Air Pressure0.5 MPa to 0.8 MPa
Compressed Air Supply PortQuick connector for resin tube with 6 mm outer diameter
(Compressed air supply equipment must be provided separately)

Schematics


Line Up and Accessories

Components
 
LA-960NLA-960ALA-960SLA-960WLA-960L
OpticsStandard optical system

Aqua type Ethanol
can be used as a dispersing additive.
(0.01 - 3000μm)   

Standard circulation system----
Pressurized fill adapter----
Liter flow----
Peristaltic pump system----
Solvent type (0.01 - 3000μm)Standard pump system----
Accessories
 
Fraction cell holder
Mini flow with ultrasonic unit (0.01- 1000μm)
Paste cell holder
Dry unit (0.1 - 5000μm)
Auto sampler-
Slurry sampler-
Nanoparticle Applications
Nanoparticle Applications
Nanotechnology is extremely diverse, ranging from novel extensions of conventional device physics, to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly and to developing new materials with dimensions on the nanoscale. Materials reduced to the nanoscale can show different properties compared to what they exhibit on a macroscale, enabling unique applications.
Particle Size and Shape Analysis of Coffee
Particle Size and Shape Analysis of Coffee
Few products are so involved in particle sizing from start to finish as coffee. From the classification of the raw, green coffee bean to the relationship between brew quality and the size of ground coffee beans, the quality of the final coffee drink is directly related to particle size and sometimes shape and density as well.
Maximizing Soy Milk Quality Attributes through Particle Size Analysis
Maximizing Soy Milk Quality Attributes through Particle Size Analysis
In this note, the final result of soy milk processing is evaluated with particle size analysis. Particle size results give a quantitative measure of the soy milk that can be used to ensure consistent production and product quality.
Size and Shape of Salt using Dynamic Image Analysis
Size and Shape of Salt using Dynamic Image Analysis
Many salt producing facilities have now switched to dynamic image analysis (the CAMSIZER), which is quicker, more efficient, and provides additional information about the shape of the salt crystals. This application note describes how the CAMSIZER has been successfully used to characterize salt size and shape.
Particle Size and Shape for Ointments and Creams
Particle Size and Shape for Ointments and Creams
This study utilizes the PSA300 automated image analysis system to quantify the size and shape of various ointments and creams.
Pigment Particle Size and Hiding Power
Pigment Particle Size and Hiding Power
Pigment size can be readily measured by laser diffraction. This measurement requires less time, training and effort than a color strength measurement and provides useful information for the process engineer.
Particle Size of Electronic Ceramic Powders
Particle Size of Electronic Ceramic Powders
Particle size analysis plays a crucial role in the manufacture of electronic materials for dielectric applications. In all cases, the particle size distribution has a great impact on their processing and performance.
Particle Size Analysis of Drilling Fluid
Particle Size Analysis of Drilling Fluid
This application note explains why particle size distribution is critical and how HORIBA laser diffraction analyzers can be used to measure the particle size distribution of drilling fluids.
Particle Size Analysis of Inks
Particle Size Analysis of Inks
Measuring the particle size of ink pigments was typically done using dynamic light scattering (DLS). Laser diffraction can also now be used to measure these pigments due to the state of the art enhancements in the LA-960.
Determination of Particle Size and Shape of Pharmaceutical Granules
Determination of Particle Size and Shape of Pharmaceutical Granules
In this study, dynamic image analysis is used in the pharmaceutical industry to define the size and shape of granules created through a dry granulation process.
Particle Size Analysis of Gold Nanoparticles
Particle Size Analysis of Gold Nanoparticles
Nanoparticle gold is a suspension of sub-micron gold particles typically dispersed in water. Gold nanoparticles are of great interest for researchers in many fields due to their unique physical and optical properties. These properties change with the particle size distribution, so size analysis is an important measurement requirement.
Particle Size and Shape Analysis of Sand
Particle Size and Shape Analysis of Sand
Traditional sieve measurements are being replaced with automated digital image analysis. Successful incorporation of digital image analysis often includes data correlation to sieve results, followed by realizing the advantages offered by this technique.
Particle Size and Shape Analysis of Activated Carbon
Particle Size and Shape Analysis of Activated Carbon
Dynamic image analysis has proven useful for the size and shape analysis of many forms and grades of activated carbon and has successfully replaced older techniques around the world.
Particle Size Analysis of Polymers
Particle Size Analysis of Polymers
The combination of laser diffraction and dynamic image analysis systems supplies a wide dynamic range, fast material analysis, and easy data interpretation for the majority of polymeric materials.
Measurement of Particle Size of Cement and Concrete Components
Measurement of Particle Size of Cement and Concrete Components
The final properties of the concrete body are determined by a number of properties. This note addresses the effects of particle size in cement manufacturing and in the final product.
DLS vs. Diffraction of Flavor Emulsions
DLS vs. Diffraction of Flavor Emulsions
The particle size distribution of many flavor emulsions has a substantial effect on their performance. Particle size distribution can affect mouth feel, appearance, and emulsion stability.

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