Cost Effective Food Analysis with LECO Instruments

From raw foods to final consumer-ready products, LECO instruments analyse the quality of and nutritional value of dairy products, meats, cereals, poultry, beer, and wine.
 

Learn more about our solutions for food analysis and read our various publications…

LECOs maßgeschneidertes Leasing – für jedes Budget mit Testphase!

TGM800 Leasingangebot

TGM800 – Thermogravimetrisches Feuchte-Bestimmungsgerät. 

Der‎ TGM800 bietet eine hochpräzise, automatisierte Lösung zur Feuchtigkeitsbestimmung und ersetzt die langsame, mühsame, traditionelle Trocknungsverlusttechnik durch eine automatisierte Primärmethode. Das Design bietet eine Reihe zeitsparender Funktionen, z. B. die automatische Messung von bis zu 16 Proben gleichzeitig mit optionaler Erkennung des Trocknungszeitpunkts und eine intuitive Touchscreen-Software mit flexiblen Methodeneinstellungen.

Total sulfur value is an important characterisation measurement for coal, coke, fuel materials, and a wide variety of other organic materials. It is considered to be part of the ultimate analysis parameters (determination of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and ash with oxygen calculation by difference). The total sulfur value is a primary parameter used for assessing the quality of a fuel, calculating coal and coke preparation and cleaning processes, and the emissions potential of the fuel. The SC832 Series will bring productivity, precision, and progress to your lab when determining the sulfur and carbon content of your samples.


Visit our LECO VIRTUAL TRADE SHOW to learn more about our expertise in the fields of energy and fuels.

LiveLab, United Kingdom

"At Livelab we have always used LECO instruments for their accuracy and reliability, but also for their reputation. If a customer knows that we have tested their samples on the LECO, then they have an increased level of confidence in the results that is important to us. I have a bit of a reputation amongst our employees for having a soft spot for LECO instruments, precisely because of their reliability and also their ease to maintain. For us, they are the number one name in CNS determination, and to that end we have two SC144 instruments, two FP528 instruments and one FP628 Nitrogen determinators. Easy to use, rarely goes wrong, easy to fix if it does, and the top name in the industry – why use anyone else?"

 LECO in Times of COVID-19

The past year with the rise of Covid-19 around the Earth has been a challenge to all of us. See how our European subsidiaries dealt with the pandemic around Europe and how our customer support and other services adapted to these new situations in the different countries. Click on the countries to see our personal experiences!

 
If you need any further information about how LECO operates during the Corona pandemic or to schedule your personal appointment with us, click on the contact button.

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The start of the years begins with the usual enthusiasm, targets set, goals to achieve and strategy to achieve them. I remember being in Dusseldorf for a managers meeting on March the 3rd. Life was still normal, and the word ’lockdown’ was only ever heard on a Friday when my children were watching Wrestling. We were able to travel, visit restaurants and have a beer without the constraints of the facemasks, social distancing and track and trace apps. Life was normal. Within a month the world changed – lockdowns, stay-at-home, work from home, stay safe.

As the LECO customers adapted to this new way of life due to COVID, so did we. Our sales force worked from home and like never before used this relatively unheard-of platform called Microsoft TEAMS to interact with customers.


“I hear the chimes of ‘TEAMS’
calling me in my sleep now.”

LECO UK Facemasks

Our service team continued to work throughout the pandemic with the new additions to their LECO uniform. LECO face masks and gloves. And of course, let’s not forget the bottles of hand sanitiser. As well as remote selling was used, remote service support came to the forefront. Both sales and service teams adapted to continue the high level of support that has become a custom with LECO.

LECO UK has been able to adapt and continued to support our customers while keeping ourselves and customers safe. Let hope moving into 2021 we can get back to some sort of previous normality. The vaccines are coming and there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel but for the moment we continue with the slogan of Hands – Face – Space.

 

Michael Reaney, UK Sales Director, LECO Instruments UK Ltd.


LECO at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

The first picture shows our engineer Yuri Laptev during a Pegasus 4D service visit to Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

LECO at Analitika Expo Moscow

The second one was taken at the Analytika exhibition in Moscow last year.

 

Gulnara Shaidullina, Ph.D., Separation Science Sales Engineer, LECO Russia and CIS


It has for sure been a challenge even though Sweden have had less restrictions. When crossing borders to Norway, Denmark and Finland our service technicians have sometimes had to take Covid-19 tests before. We have been fortunate, no one in our team have been infected as we know of. We haven’t even been to Iceland since the start of the pandemic. Our service technicians try to go by their own cars to customers, which have meant drives up to 14 hours single way.

On the sales side it has of course been a challenge in other ways. But with ‘Teams’, online demos and Virtual Trade show our sales team have connected with our customers in the best way possible. We only attended one real trade show since the start of the pandemic – LabDays in Copenhagen – but the attendance was of course quite thin…

LabDays Copenhagen 2020

 

Lennart Schwartz, Ph.D, Sales Director Nordic Region, LECO Nordic AB


Since 14th of March of 2020, and the declaration of State of alarm in Spain, Leco Instrumentos started to work in a new different way, adapting to the new scenario of pandemic. All the employees completed a training course regarding the new risk at work and the personal protective equipment for COVID-19:

  • We all learnt about the use of face masks and the way to wash our hands
  • Some employees customised their masks… thanks to their mother’s support!
  • Remote working was the only option in most of cases.
  • Virtual meetings have come to stay.
  • The service team has been active since the first day, working in safe conditions.


Remote Service and Move LECO Spain


So far, everything was normal… But LECO Spain had to face a new challenge – to move to a new office. It was a hard task cleaning the old facilities and open boxes – a lot of boxes. And in times of COVID we had to consider to organise small groups at the office working together. Minimising risks was a priority despite of the fact that we needed to be operative in the new facility in a short time. The collaboration of the Tres Cantos-based employees was essential.

But the result made the effort worthwhile! And the Spanish LECO team is ready for 2021!

 

Leticia García, Commercial Director, Spain & Portugal


German Team Wearing Masks

From the perspective of the German Service Centre, a Corona routine has emerged throughout the past months. Customer demands increased - ever so often our service engineers are only allowed to enter labs after presenting a negative Corona test result. Of course, this requires special logistics in scheduling. In addition, there are different Corona rules the federal states of Germany and abroad, which makes planning much more difficult. But our colleagues adapt, as the pictures show, and as our colleague Manuel Lindemann describes below.

"When the pandemic really took off from March / April 2020, I first noticed a lot of uncertainty among both myself and the customers. There were many questions: What is Corona? What happens if I fall ill? How will this affect my work? Will the customers still let me enter their lab? How will LECO react? Now, almost a year later, there are still some questions left to be answered, but as humans we adapt and get used to the new circumstances – positive and negative.

in the beginning of the pandemic, I remember waiting for hours in 100m-long queues between lorry drivers and other visitors at a company and having to wait for the gatekeeper to let me pass. And there were customers who had their "special" views. From "Corona doesn't exist” to “You don't need the mask here" and "We have an internal lockdown, you can't get in" – it was all there.

After one year many questions remain unanswered, but some questions have already become obsolete. What remained as well, unfortunately, are the waiting times at customers‘ sites. Simply walking in and working on a unit is no longer possible. "Where are you from? Have you had contact with infected people? What does your Corona Warn app say? Do you have any symptoms?” ...And so on. What I've also noticed is that social interaction often gets left behind these days unfortunately – be it a casual conversation or just a gesture that disappears behind the mask. But, hopefully that is to come back soon.

But LECO protect their employees very well and always has an open ear for questions – a solution will be found together. All in all, I think we have organised ourselves very well and will probably make it through the rest of the pandemic."

 

Manuel Lindemann & Thomas Post, LECO Instrumente GmbH Deutschland


After a beginning of year full of prospects and projects, the arrival of Covid-19 took us by surprise. Italy was the first European nation to be massively attacked by the virus, the first cases recorded were in the north of the country, particularly in Lombardy, the region where the headquarters of the LECO branch in Italy are located.

To counter the spread of the virus, the entire country was placed in the "red zone" and operations were greatly reduced to adapt to the new situation.

  • The symposium of world interest on the GC×GC in Riva del Garda, as well as other local events, albeit no less important, have been cancelled
  • We did our meetings online
  • The office staff worked in smart working
  • The technical staff continued to follow their customers both remotely via the telephone and with remote interventions, and in person with the help of masks, gloves, overalls and protective goggles.


The pandemic has led us to cover our faces with masks, but it has not managed to extinguish our enthusiasm and we hope that 2021, together with the vaccine, gives us the opportunity to resume showing our smiles.

 

Rita M. Monfredini, LECO Italy S.R.L.


We’re dealing with the pandemic problem in a similar way, like the rest of the world:

  • Using, masks and gloves
  • Struggling with scheduling sales visits
  • Mostly using ‘Teams’ and mobile phones to contact with each other and with customers…
Hand Sanitiser
Brochure Delivery
 

Tomasz Stójkowski, Sales Director LECO Poland & Baltics


Europe

Online Demo Service at European Application & Technology Center Berlin

Since February 2020 we provide an Online Demo Service at our European Application & Technology Center in Berlin, giving customers an insight into our LECO products and laboratory processes conveniently from their desks and without the need to travel. For our Online Demo Service, a good preparation is required to meet our's and our customers’ high standards.

Preparation

  1. The sales enigneer requests instrument, possible date, and time at the EATC
  2. After feedback, the date and time is clarified with the customer
  3. After completion of our internal Event Request Form to collect all needed information about the customer, instrument, date and time the EATC blocks the date for the customer
  4. The team at EATC provides an online meeting link accordingly and invites the sales engineer to this meeting
  5. The sales engineer then provides the invitation with this link to their customer and if needed other colleagues who will participate.


Demo Day

  1. Customer and sales engineer login to the online meeting which will be started by the EATC team.
  2. The camera at EATC is usually placed in front of the desired instrument, when the meeting starts.
  3. The sales engineer starts with an introduction of themselves and the EATC team in local language.
  4. This is followed by some introductory words to outline the demo – also in local language
  5. The EATC team can do measurements of standards, explain the analysis, and point and zoom the camera wherever needed to get the best possible instrument and software overview.
  6. It is also possible to measure customer samples, if they are provided some days in advance to the online demo.
     

Online Demo Service at EATC Berlin


Get in touch with us to arrange an individual online appointment for you!


Visit our LECO Virtual Trade Show

Due to the Corona pandemic, numerous trade shows and events are being cancelled or postponed where we would have liked to welcome or customers as a guest. To give you the opportunity to stay in touch with LECO, we have organised our LECO Virtual Trade Show. Our specialists invite you to get to know our solutions for various application fields and markets in a personal meeting.

Visit our registration website and book your free ticket today. Your local sales partner will schedule a meeting and guide you through our exhibition and introduce you to our solutions for your lab.

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LECO’s Portfolio for Your Lab

Instruments for Cement and Building Material Analysis

LECO delivers perfect solutions for your samples such as cement and clinker, raw materials, environmental samples, fuels and alternative fuels as well as lime, gypsum and quick lime. Check out our product portfolio for cement and building material analysis including the CHN828, SC832, RC612, AC600, and TGA801 and see how we can empower your results.
 

LECO adds Hydrogen to the 828 Series

 

LECO announces the addition of hydrogen analysis capabilities to the 828 series, which will transform the way users determine carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen in a variety of petrochemical and other organic materials. The CHN828 maintains the core capabilities and performance of previous generations of LECO macro combustion instruments while possessing key improvements in throughput, uptime, and reliability. By incorporating state-of-the-art hardware and an on-board touch-screen software platform with rapid analysis times, the CHN828 operates at a low cost-per-analysis and allows users to easily handle the most demanding sample applications.

Low-Level Nitrogen Samples in Food Materials

Did you catch our recent article on Food Navigator? Nitrogen content in food materials is necessary to measure when determining the total protein content. This measurement of nitrogen content can be performed using a classical wet chemistry method, but this tends to be a slow and tedious process. The combustion-based Dumas method has gained popularity in recent years as it significantly increases laboratory productivity. Yet when the sample has a low level of nitrogen it can be challenging to analyse. Examples of these hard-to-analyse samples include dry corn starch, NDIN filter bags, nutritional drinks, and beer. How can the combustion method be optimised to accommodate these lower-level nitrogen samples?

Carbon / Hydrogen / Nitrogen / Sulfur Analysis

 LECO ONLINE WORKSHOP: Introducing the CHN828 Series // On Demand

 

Available in the following languages: English, Deutsch, Español, Française, Italian, Česky, Русский, and Polski

Our latest Online Workshop is now available as an On-Demand session. With the introduction of the LECO CHN 828 Series another Cornerstone® elemental analyser has been added to the LECO portfolio. The workshops topics were designed to show proceedings in organic elemental CHNS analysis with LECO Instruments. CHNS determination from low sample weights up to 2g with highest precision and accuracy in many organic and inorganic matrices. High throughput and low costs per analysis for a modern laboratory. Register to watch the presentations now.

Specialist for CHNOS and Macro Thermogravimetric Analysis

Instruments for Catalyst Analysis

For many years LECO have been partners in the research / development AND quality control of catalyst samples. We have many customers from (petro-) chemistry, exhaust catalysts, and other fields where catalysts play an important role. Check out our product portfolio for catalyst analysis…
 

Carbon / Hydrogen / Nitrogen / Sulfur Analysis. 

With the introduction of the LECO CHN 828 Series another Cornerstone® elemental analyser has been added to the LECO portfolio. The workshops topics are designed to show proceedings in organic elemental CHNS analysis with LECO Instruments. CHNS determination from low sample weights up to 2g with highest precision and accuracy in many organic and inorganic matrices. High throughput and low costs per analysis for a modern laboratory. Further information can be found on our registration page.

Measurement of Chemically and Structurally Transformed Steel

Do you struggle with analyzing the quality and composition of your steel? How easily can you measure the surface hardness or fluctuating carbon concentrations? Are you confident with what your tools are telling you? Learn how LECO has been expanding what is possible when it comes to measuring steel with this free series of webinars.

Liberty Powder Metals, United Kingdom

"As a small business the user-friendly interfaces and built-in functionality, such as maintenance reminders and OEM manuals, have helped us to get up to speed with our ON736 and CS744 machines quickly.

The ongoing technical support and adaptability to our application requirements has been second to none."

See What's in Your Food

How efficient is your workflow when it comes to food samples? Are you sure you're seeing everything your sample has to offer? Learn how LECO has been expanding what is possible when it comes to food safety analyses with this free series of webinars.

Winners of the LECO Analytical Applications Poster Competition 2020

LECO hosted the LA2PC // Analytical Applications Poster Competition with the aim of improving our understanding and knowledge of LECO users’ work and research. This was a great opportunity to learn more from our users and introduce their work with LECO instruments to a wider base. LECO is proud that so many excellent posters were submitted. All entries are displayed in our poster gallery.

The article introduces the new CHN828 and describes the advantages resulting from combustion in pure oxygen and the proven aliquot ballast principle. The fast cycle times for CHNS and pure N determination are also described.

READ FULL ARTICLE

AMG Superalloys UK Ltd

"AMG Analytical has been working on LECO machines for over 25 years for the determination of O, N, C and S.

We embarked on a project working with LECO to bring Hydrogen testing in-house. The outcome of the project was excellent!

We have now purchased a LECO ONH836 machine and will offer the testing of Hydrogen to its external customers.

In our experience the level of commitment, technical expertise and support provided by LECO is unique within the industry.

We have no hesitation in recommending LECO to any company wishing to improve the efficiency of their operations."

D-Lab

"For our business as an accredited contract laboratory we need very flexible instruments that remain stable in the long run. Flexibility for the ever-changing levels of alloying elements and also for the lack of reference materials. We therefore need a versatile instrument for analysis and research, i.e. possible to separate, and for serving our customer with extended element range. We need top of the range instruments. D-LAB has for a long time used LECO Instruments for analysis of C S N O H.

We are very happy about the ranges that the instrument can handle!"

Calcinor S.A.

"In the past, my company, CALCINOR S.A. used to carry out quality control tasks using muffle furnaces to determine Loss by Calcination.

When we acquired the LECO equipment to automate our process, we saw a significant improvement.

Our work with these instruments is very satisfactory and I emphasize the robustness of our LECO instruments because they are prepared for continuous work backed by LECO technical service. We continue to trust the LECO brand, acquiring their instruments when necessary."

AINIA

"LECO is undoubtedly a great brand synonymous with quality and professionalism that offers me Security and confidence.

Our AINIA chemical analysis laboratory has been using LECO equipment for more than 14 years!!, specifically the TRUSPEC N and a TGA701 thermogravimetric analyzer. We use these to routinely analyze solid foods such as pastries, sausages, pre-cooked meals, etc. and we are accredited for these tests by ENAC from time we began using these instruments. We do over 10,000 analyses per year!

LECO enabled us with the latest technology to carry out tests quickly, economically with higher PRECISION compared to traditional methods such as Kjeldahl for Total N or the muffles for humidity & ashes that are slower and more expensive. In all these years LECO has never failed us when we needed their Technical Service or help with a new application."

NSPLAV

"With LECO CS844 and ONH836 instruments, we can easily test our degassed chrome products and restrict gas-forming impurities to a very low level (~0.0005% ).

Reliability of the equipment and the speed of analysis is very important to me because it directly affects shipment of our finished products.

A big portion of our products are exported and for as long as we have used LECO instruments, we haven’t received any complaints for our analyses. The work of LECO Russia is noteworthy. They’ve been highly professional with us from providing recommendations for preparation of the room to methods for analysis of our samples. Warranty services are at the highest level and consumables are always available at their nearest warehouse.

We are highly satisfied and readily recommend LECO to other users."

Chemical & Corrosion Laboratory
Cogne Acciai Speciali S.P.A.

"My company has been using LECO instruments for CSNH analysis since 1973. Thousands and thousands of analyses, through day and night, in a steel shop laboratory… That’s hard work… both for the operator and the analytical equipment.

Since 1973 precision and accuracy are still improving!

Simply a robust and reliable instrumentation! Simply… LECO!"

Elektrowerk Weisweiler GmbH

"Even with an increase in the number of analysis per day, turn around times – over the years – could be maintained or even reduced. This was achieved without decreasing of the measurement accuracy and repair-related or maintenance-related shutdowns.

In Germany we have a saying that perfectly fits for LECO: The first car sells the sales, the second one the service. By the way, at LECO you get everything out of one hand. The quality of the consumables is the same as for the analyzers themselves.

"Never change a running system". The statement is true, but to have a ‘running system’ over the years requires a lot of efforts. LECO not only stands for the sale of equipment but is also always helpful in the continued operation of old equipment.

Simply speaking, the LECO analyzers are "workhorses" with a very long service life. The devices require only a relatively low own maintenance and the consumption of consumables are within normal limits."

Wallonian Agronomy Research Center

"The Trumac CN is really good compared to Elementar and Thermo Flash. Here are results of a study I conducted in 2015. LECO TRUMAC is more precise compared to others. One method fits all solid and semi-solid matrix, while with other instruments, the methods need to be customized for each sample matrix!"

Coal Services A.S.

"Our main instruments for 'fuel analysis' are LECO calorimeters AC500 & AC600, LECO TruSpec CHNS together with LECO CHNS628 and Thermogravimetric analyzers LECO TGA601 & TGA701. It could take us as little as 2 minutes per analysis and with the TGA we can simply load samples and continue working on other tasks! LECO understands the importance of our work and provides highly reliable services to keep these instruments in order. Thanks to remote consultation with LECO Service department they are never too far from us when we need help. Simply a great technology partner to have!"

Well-balanced crops require well-balanced soil. While carbon may be the most essential element for organic life, the right ratio of nitrogen and sulfur in the soil along with the carbon can really influence the speed and strength of plant development and growth. With a macro combustion carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur determinator such as LECO's CNS928, those ratios can be discovered easily through fast and precise analysis.

There are countless fertilizers that can be applied to change the ratio of elements in soil, but without knowing the baseline for your soil, you have no practical way of knowing what it needs. LECO's CNS928 can take some of the uncertainty out of soil management.

While helium remains the inert gas of choice for elemental analysis, supply is limited, driving cost up. The CNS928 is designed to support the use of either helium or argon as a carrier gas. The thermal conductivity difference between argon and nitrogen is not as great as the thermal conductivity difference between helium and nitrogen, so the detector is inherently less sensitive when using argon for nitrogen determination, but the CNS928 does offer the option of using a larger 10 cm3 aliquot loop. The 10 cm3 aliquot loop helps to overcome the lower sensitivity of argon carrier gas by optimizing the system for the lowest nitrogen range and provides the best precision.

To see how the CNS928 handles carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur determination with various combinations of carrier gases and aliquot loop sizes, read the app note.

Cost Effective Food Analysis with LECO Instruments

From raw foods to final consumer-ready products, LECO instruments analyse the quality of and nutritional value of dairy products, meats, cereals, poultry, beer, and wine.
 

Learn more about our solutions for food analysis and read our various publications…

NEW Online Demo Service at our European Application and Technology Center in Berlin

We can now present our instruments and application solutions to you ONLINE, enabling you to gain insight into how LECO products could enhance your laboratory processes and results!

Visit us conveniently from your desk and without the need to travel. Our new ONLINE DEMO SERVICE allows you see product introductions and receive tips and tricks from our experts.

Would you like to know how we can help your sample analyses?
Just let us know and we can arrange a demo!

Contact your local sales team for an individual online appointment.