One of the most valuable and useful methods of analysis for industrial labs like CPI is Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC). CIC offers highly accurate, precise, reproducible results that work on a very wide range of samples to yield extremely useful analysis. This gives it many industrial applications and makes it a popular choice for a diverse range of industries. Let’s take a closer look at what makes CIC such an important analytical tool.

An Overview of Combustion Ion Chromatography

Traditional Ion Chromatography (IC) works with any charged molecule, making it a similarly valuable and widely used method of analyzing the precise compositions of samples. However, useful as it is, IC does have some limits in terms of the types of samples it can analyze since it requires a charged molecule. By contrast Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC) works on any type of combustible material, giving it even wider application.

CIC Measures Total Halogens and Sulfur

An important reason why CIC is such a useful tool is that it is able to detect the presence of total halogens, including fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), and iodine (I) and measure their concentration. CIC is also able to detect and measure sulfur compounds such as sulfite, sulfate, and thiosulfate. The ability to analyze halogen and sulfur compositions is important because these substances are highly regulated and not exceeding allowable concentrations is crucial for industries to remain in compliance with different industrial regulations. Halogen and sulfur are also volatile substances and may potentially damage some types of industrial equipment or pose health and safety risks to workers. Detecting and measuring the concentrations of these substances with CIC is thus imperative for avoiding a host of serious problems.

CIC Works on a Full Range of Materials

Another big reason that CIC is such a valuable analytical process is that it works on a full range of different materials – solids, liquids, or gases. As long as the sample is combustible CIC can analyze it. This broad range of sample types often makes it a reliable, go-to method of analysis for labs that have CIC capabilities.

CIC Yields Dependable Results

CIC also yields extremely dependable results, including results that meet the following three major criteria:

  • Reproducibility – CIC results can easily be reproduced in subsequent tests, indicatingtheir reliability.
  • Accurate – CIC results are extremely accurate with a low margin of error.
  • Precise – CIC results are precise and provide extremely detailed analysis of samplecomposition down to concentration levels of parts-per-billion.

CIC Is Fast and Can be Automated

Another reason that CIC is popular in industrial labs is that it saves technicians both time and labor. That is because CIC can be partially automated and also because it is a very fast process that yields results quickly. This makes it a great choice when time is of the essence or when lab technicians need to multitask.

CIC Is Used by a Wide Array of Industries

Combined, these benefits give CIC applicability for an extremely broad range of different industries. Some of the many types of industries that may utilize CIC analysis include companies that manufacture any of the following:

  • Gasoline, Diesel and Jet fuels
  • Paints
  • Resins
  • LPGs
  • Foods
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Insulations
  • Plastics
  • Electronic Components

CPI Offers Combustion Ion Chromatography As a Core Service

Despite the many great advantages and applications of CIC discussed above, it remains a somewhat rare tool at many laboratories. However, at CPI Labs we are proud to offer CIC as one of our core services. This is part of our commitment to providing the bustling Golden Triangle and Houston-area industrial markets with outstanding lab services.