The Octamatic Octane Analyzer Systems are based on the Falling Level Method of measuring octane rating in fuel. This is a variant of the standard Bracketing Method (Procedure B) used by laboratories and refineries.
Determination of the proper fuel air ratio is far more accurate than that obtained by manual methods. Unlike manual methods, the operator is out of the control loop which determines peak fuel / air ratio. Errors in recording, transcribing and calculating octane numbers are eliminated.
There are two versions of the ESD Octamatic Analyzer: The ON-LINE SYSTEM and the LABORATORY SYSTEM. Both systems use the same high precision methods as decribed in ASTM D2699, ASTM D2700 and ASTM D2885.
One computer (plus one backup computer for on-line systems) can be used for the entire test lab. Incremental costs for additional engines beyond the first engine are small. The database generated by the system is tailored to each installation, at no additional charge. Reports are also customized and can be displayed, printed or sent to other systems. Data is stored permanently and can be transmitted to removable media, remote computer systems and/or networks.
The ability to produce consistently at a specific octane number is extremely critical. The value of an octane barrel makes controlled production capability a moneymaker, not an expense. As competitive pressures mount and consumption declines, the need to make octane qualities of fuels as near to "zero giveaway" as possible increases significantly.
Whatever octane determination method is used, ESD analyzers enable the on-line blending and laboratory testing of octane quality to move into an area of precision that insures minimum of octane giveaway.
Lower operating and maintenance costs are also realized.
Ease of Operation
Operators with previous experience on CFR engines quickly adapt to these new analyzers. The ESD "Falling Level" Octane Analyzer Systems are being utilized by many refineries and testing laboratories, because of the short amount of time it takes a technician to become proficient in producing quality octane numbers.
In laboratories where it is required that many individuals produce octane ratings, the ESD "Falling Level" Systems bring their "site precision" close to the "method repeatability", as cited in the applicable ASTM Standards.
The population of experienced technicians in the field of octane ratings is on a worldwide decline. Some have turned to spectroscopy to bridge this gap only to find that you must have precise octane data to make the spectroscopy models work. These models must be maintained due to the nature of the complexity of motor gasoline. With an ESD Octane Analyzer System installed on a well maintained CFR test engine, you will have the real octane number, not a guess.