SANDWICH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Privately held Cape Cod based analytical and environmental instrumentation manufacturer, PID Analyzers, LLC, has been selected as a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Research & Development (R&D) 100 Award for the development of the Model 33 Arsenic in Water and Food Analyzer in the laboratory equipment category.
The "R&D 100 Awards recognize the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year," according to the press release issued by R&D Magazine. In addition to the business receiving this honor, Jack Driscoll, President of PID Analyzers, the developer of the winning product, will also receive recognition at the R&D 100 Awards ceremony on November 7, 2013 in Orlando, FL.
The Model 33 Arsenic in Water and Food Analyzer technology is based on hydride generation (reduction) followed by the separation of inorganic and organic hydrides by gas chromatography and detection by the classical photoionization technique developed by PID Analyzers, LLC. This method can detect inorganic arsenic down to 100 parts per trillion (ppt) and is a tenth of the cost of the current instrumentation technique: inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry (ICP/MS).
Being named a 2013 R&D Award recipient is remarkably timely since the FDA recently announced that they are proposing a decrease in the action level for arsenic in apple juice from 23 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb and the PID Analyzers’ R& D Award winning Arsenic in Food and Water analyzer can detect arsenic down to 100 ppt or 1% of the standard!
Chemical & Engineering News, a trade publication with a circulation of 164,000 chemists, ran a feature article in their May 6, 2013 issue titled "Eating Arsenic" about the Arsenic Contamination in Food and Water two day symposium at the American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting in New Orleans that Jennifer Maclachlan, Managing Director of PID Analyzers organized along with scientists from FDA and USDA. There were more than forty papers presented and PID Analyzers was one of nine selected to be in the article as well as featured in the onsite press conference.
PID Analyzers, LLC develops sensors and analyzers for air, water and process applications at their Cape Cod headquarters and sells these products worldwide. The sensor technologies include photoionization, infrared, electrochemistry, catalytic combustion, flame ionization, capacitance, thermal conductivity and process gas chromatography. Many of the sensors and analyzers are multifunctional and include multiple technologies which are available in both portable and fixed configurations for use in the field, at-process and in the laboratory.