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AQUATRAN 3/38 H WVTR Analyser - Appleby Instrumentation

AQUATRAN 3/38 H WVTR Analyser

The AQUATRAN-W 3/38 H with its unique 4 cell capability can test four barrier samples at the same time providing twice the throughput of traditional WVTR instruments. The new dual film horizontal cartridge is removable for easy sample preparation and the user-friendly operator interface provides real-time status of testing against target limits.

Highest Accuracy

  • MOCON’s Patented Modulated InfraRed sensor is the only modulated sensor system on market meeting ASTM F1249
  • Low detection levels down to 0.05 g/(m2*day)
  • Fully automated temperature, flow and RH controls simplify testing and provide unparalleled repeatability

Best Throughput

  • Industries fastest sensor response time allows shorter overall test times
  • Dual film removable test cartridges allow testing of 4 samples at a time requiring less space
  • The automated test method can start a test by a single press of a button
  • TruSeal gas flushed perimeter sealing can eliminate the need for absolute zero in many tests thus shortening overall test times

The AQUATRAN-W 3/38 H high-tech analyzer can test the Water Vapor Transmission Rate (WVTR) on films from low to high barriers. It uses the MOCON’s patented long-life modulated IR sensor which is the basis for the ASTM standard F1249. This analyzer provides very accurate and repeatable test results within a wide detection range from 0.05 to 200 g/m2*day.

The 4-cell capability allows for triplicate testing with or without a reference film in the same test. The option to run a known standard as control improves the confidence in the results. With 4 cells and its simplified operation, the AQUATRAN 3/38 H is well suited for quality control laboratories performing a high volume of WVTR tests.

The analyzer has industry-leading features such as removable horizontal test cartridges, fully automated testing providing higher throughput in the lab and a QC test mode with real-time display of testing status against target limits. It is available with a touch screen operator interface or without one where the control is via a local computer with the same easy to use color graphic interface.

For more than 25 years, MOCON’s WVTR instruments have been the most trusted and longest-lasting on the market. From simple single-layered barriers to complex multi-layered barriers, the AQUATRAN-W 3/38 H is the right choice for the busy laboratory routinely performing shortened or abbreviated permeation tests on barrier films.

Removable Cartridges
  • Dual film cartridge for double the testing capability
  • Easy sample prep on the benchtop
  • One button release and loading
  • Pneumatic clamping provides more repeatable results
  • Extra cartridges can be loaded and staged for testing
  • Eliminate Individual Zero
  • Reduced testing time (increase throughput)
  • More repeatable results
Automated Control Features
  • Store and recall frequently used test methods
  • Initiate complete exam cycle with one button
  • Flow, Humidity & Temp control throughout the test cycle
  • Conditioning mode to increase throughput
  • Test report printing and export with pass, fail or warning test results
  • Sensor Protection
Simple user interface
  • Full colour graphic interface shows real-time exam status against target limits
  • Available with a color touchscreen on the instrument or connect to a PC
  • Intuitive automated operation requires less training
  • Built-in multi-level user management and data security
  • Event log & troubleshooting guide
Modulated IR Sensor
  • Short exam times reduce overall test time to increase throughput
  • Longer sensor life than others on the market
  • Accurate and repeatable results
  • Most trusted modulated IR sensor that fully complies with ASTM F1249
AQUATRAN 3/38 H High ThroughputUnits
Temperature Control Range20 °C to 40 °C ± 0.2 °C
Humidity Control, Film Cell, Test Gas100% and 50% to 90% RH ± 3 RH
Test Range, Film, Unmasked (50 cm2)0.05 to 100 g/(m2 x day)
0.003 to 6.45 g/(100in2 x day)
Test Range, Film, Masked (5 cm2)0.5 to 1000 g/(m2 x day)
0.03 to 64.5 g/(100in2 x day)
Resolution, Film0.02 g/(m2 x day)
0.0013 g/(100in2 x day)
Repeatability, Film
0.05 g/(m2 x day) or 2% whichever is greater
Film Size4” x 4” Std,
Film ThicknessUp to 20 Mil
Film Test Area50 cm2 std

Physical Specifications

  • 15.5” H x 12” W x 23” D (39.4 cm x 30.4 cm x 58.0 cm)
  • 95 Lbs. (43.1 kg)

Electrical Requirements

  • Voltage: 100 – 240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Maximum Power Draw: 700 VA
Laboratory Requirements
TemperatureOperation22 °C ± 2 °C
Storage10 °C to 30 °C
HumidityOperation20% to 80% RH (non-condensing)
Storage5% to 85% RH (non-condensing)
Gas Supply Requirements
Carrier GasGas CompositionNitrogen (99.7% N2 or better)
Supply Pressure, Nominal29 PSI, (2.0 Bar), (200 kPa)
  • Remote Access and Control (requires optional Perm-Net Light software)
  • Standard Ethernet port (100T)
  • Dual USB 2.0 ports (for connection of keyboard, mouse or memory devices)
Compliance Standards

This product is UL and CSA listed using the ETL mark from Intertek Group plc. and is certified to conform to CE.

Conforms to the following internationally recognized safety standards.

  • IEC 61010-1:2010 Third Edition
  • UL 61010-1:2012 Third Edition
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-1:2012 Third Edition

Conforms to the following internationally recognized EMC standards.

  • EN 61326-1:2013
  • EN 61000-3-2:2006, A1:2009, A2:2009
  • EN 61000-3-3:2013

Conforms to EU Directive 2011/65/EU RoHS Compliance.

Cartridges & Options
  • Extra Dual Film Test Cartridges
  • Cert Films 1-3
  • Masks
  • PermWare data collection, data management and instrument status dashboard
  • Remote viewing software from a PC – PermNet Lite
  • 21 CFR Part 11 user and data security

Packaging Films

  • Monolayer
  • Multi-layer
  • Coated Films
Test Standard Compliance

ASTM F-1249.
JIS K7129
ISO 15106-2
GB/T 26253-2010

Test Methodology

Following ASTM F1249;

Standard Test Method for Water Vapor Transmission Rate Through Plastic Film and Sheeting Using a Modulated Infrared Sensor

Summary of Test Method
1. A dry chamber is separated from a wet chamber of known temperature and humidity by the barrier material to be tested. The dry chamber and the wet chamber make up a diffusion cell in which the test film is sealed. Water vapor diffusing through the film mixes with the gas in the dry chamber and is carried to a pressure-modulated infrared sensor. This sensor measures the fraction of infrared energy absorbed by the water vapor and produces an electrical signal, the amplitude of which is proportional to water vapor concentration. The amplitude of the electrical signal produced by the test film is then compared to the signal produced by the measurement of a calibration film of known water vapor transmission rate. This information is then used to calculate the rate at which moisture is transmitted through the material being tested.