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Basis Thermal Analysis TA 12.13

The new hardware specially developed for the Thermal Analysis TA 12.13 enables very accurate measurements and was designed for daily use in the rough foundry environment. Various laboratory and field tests of different Al alloys were microscopically evaluated by means of specially prepared polished sections and chemical treatment of the polished surfaces for grain boundary determination. The grain size was determined by measuring approx. 100 grains per section in two axes and then calculating the average value. The dimensionless grain refinement number is based on the grain size table of the American ASTM standard. Thus, the TA 12.13 anticipates the time-consuming procedure of a polished specimen preparation and enables a standardised comparison of specimens.

Special features

  • Simple operation
  • Closed, dust-proof housing; passively cooled
  • Detailed display on a 12" touch screen
  • User authorisation via RFID chip
  • PoE - Power over Ethernet for the sensor stand
  • Precise measurement, high sampling rate and digital data transmission
  • Dynamic measuring frequencies between 10/40 Hz for memory optimisation
  • Automatic marking of relevant curve points
  • Reproducible calculation of grain refinement and modification
  • Calculation and display of the 1st and 2nd derivation
  • Grain size determination in accordance with the American standard ASTM E112-10
  • Automatic indication of potential faulty measurements
  • Ageing and breakage control of thermocouple
  • Automatic assignment of a batch number
  • Quality traffic light: visualisation of warning and blocking limits according to customer specifications; tolerance indication red/green
  • Storage of results in a relational database
  • Low costs per measurement due to permanent thermocouple
  • The swivel base allows lockable table or wall mounting
  • Interface / data transmission for spectral analysis results, on request
  • Interface to Electronic Density Index Balance MK 3000 and previous models
  • Firmware update via USB or network file transfer
  • Remote maintenance by mk possible via network or GSM modem

MeltBoard PC Software

  • Central database in the network for several TA stations
  • Overview of operating status of the connected TA station
  • Central administration of operation-specific limit values of the TA stations
  • Transfer of measurement results to a local database via USB stick possible
  • Extensive curve discussion
  • Clear presentation of all measured variables and results
  • Tabular listing and individual presentation of measurement results
  • Graphical overlay of two or more measurement curves for comparison
  • Individual analysis and evaluation of data through filter options, Excel database-supported
  • Storage of a customised reference curve for visual comparison
  • Basic statistics with trend diagram and histogram
  • Reporting in HTML format, as CSV file or PDF
  • Provision of quality assurance data for component certificate and traceability
  • Software update via data transfer
  • Remote maintenance possible by mk

Thermocouple, crucible and protection tube

The sensor stand was specially developed for the Thermal Analysis and contains a permanent thermocouple for direct measurement. The thermocouples comply with class 1 (NiCr-Ni) and their deviations are tested by mk. These can be stored in the monitoring unit and therefore taken into account during test work.

The durable stainless-steel crucible has a capacity of 90 g for molten Al.

Protection tube
Thermal Analysis samples along with the embedded stainless-steel tube can be returned directly to the melt where they dissolve without leaving any troublesome ceramic or sand residues.

Previous models to current TA 12.13:

TA 110, TA 100, TA 7604


12 month warranty within Europe.

6 month warranty outside Europe.

Scope of delivery

  • 1 Flat nose pliers
  • 3 Crucibles
  • 1 Coating, 200 ml
  • 1 Insulation brick
  • 1 Thermocouple for TA stand, permanent, certified class 1, 1 x 300 x 350 mm NiCr-Ni
  • 1 Thermocouple protection tubes VA, packaging unit: 1000 tubes
  • 3 RFID Coins (1x administrator and 2x operator)
  • 1 Mains cable
  • 1 Manual (standard in English)
  • 1 PC Software

Technical data

Monitoring unit

Design: Mobile measuring device made of powder-coated sheet steel for table or wall mounting
Size: approx. W 520 x H 500 x D 230 mm
Weight: approx. 17 kg
OS: Linux measuring system / Windows PC software
Display: 12" touch monitor, TFT LCD industrial version, GFG (glass-film-glass), resolution: 1024 x 768
Interfaces: 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Ethernet, 1x Ethernet PoE
Mains connection: 100 - 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Ambient temperature: 15 - 65° C


Sensor stand

Design: Sturdy steel housing with movable sleeve for thermocouple guidance, nickel-plated and powder-coated
Size: approx. W 150 x H x 410 x D 320 mm
Weight: approx. 11 kg

Spare parts