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XPR Automatic Balance

Setting New Standards with Automated Weighing

The XPR Automatic Balance is a highly accurate balance capable of automatically dispensing powders and liquids into a variety of containers. The ability to dispense at a USP minimum weight of 4 mg is unmatched by manual procedures. The XPR Automatic Balance is perfect for sample and standard preparation, capsule filling, and solution and dilution preparation. Automatic dispensing increases user safety, saves time, and minimizes waste of expensive and rare substances.

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Advantages of METTLER TOLEDO's XPR Automatic Balance

Automated Weighing of Most Compounds

Automated Weighing of Most Compounds

Automated weighing delivers a level of accuracy unmatched by manual dosing procedures and enables you to dispense sample quantities as low as 4 mg (USP min weight) at 2 µg readability.

Increased Productivity and Throughput

Simply add a sample changer to your XPR Automatic Balance and dispense solids and liquids into up to 30 containers in one automated run! If you require many-to-many powder dispensing, take a look at our robotic solution. Read more

Fewer Errors and Less Rework

Fewer Errors and Less Rework

Automated dispensing minimizes variability and produces highly reproducible results. Up to 50% of out-of-specification errors can be eliminated, helping to avoid costly reworking.

Perfect Concentrations

In combination with a liquid dispensing module, the XPR Automatic Balance enables you to prepare highly precise concentrations down to 0.1 mg/g. It is possible to achieve a dilution factor of 10,000 in one single step.

Minimized Waste

Minimized Waste

The XPR Automatic Balance reduces the minimum net sample weight by up to 30%, resulting in sample savings of up to 75% and providing a fast return on investment.

Increased User Safety

Increased User Safety

Automatically dispensing potent substances directly into the target container enables you to avoid manual sample handling, and eliminated spills..

Flexible Dual Operation

Flexible Dual Operation

With one click, the dosing head moves to its uppermost position, and allowing you to use your balance for all your manual weighing applications in the usual way.

Automatic Documentation

Automatic Documentation

Simply connect your XPR Automatic Balance to LabX™ software and benefit from extensive data management options. Receive step-by-step user guidance on the balance display and maintain central control of instruments, tasks and users. Read more

Static Charge Elimination

Static Charge Elimination

The antistatic ionizer inside the weighing chamber effectively removes electrostatic charge, enabling powders to be dispensed without static issues. During manual dosing procedures, StaticDetect provides a warning when charges are detected.

XPR Analytical Balance Upgrade

XPR Analytical Balance Upgrade

Step into the world of automation by upgrading your existing XPR Analytical Balance with a dosing module.

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FAQs

  1. What is an Automatic Balance?
  2. Can I use my XPR Automatic Balance for manual weighing?
  3. Is automated weighing more accurate than weighing by hand?
  4. How do I dispense different powders on my XPR Automatic Balance?
  5. What containers can be used with the XPR Automatic Balance?
  6. Can I use my XPR Automatic Balance to fill capsules?
  7. How do I use my XPR Automatic Balance to dispense liquids?
  8. How does my XPR Automatic Balance determine the volume of liquid that is dispensed?
  9. Can I dispense powders and liquids on my XPR Automatic Balance?
  10. How do I create solutions and standards on my XPR Automatic Balance?
  11. How can I perform a dilution series on my XPR Automatic Balance?
  12. What is the highest capacity available on an XPR Automatic Balance?
  13. What is the lowest minimum weight that can be achieved on an XPR Automatic Balance?
  14. Is there a minimum container height for dispensing with an XPR Automatic Balance?
  15. Can I use the internal ionizer with my XPR Automatic Balance?
  16. Does StaticDetect work when dispensing with my XPR Automatic Balance?
  17. What types of containers can I use on the Sample Changer?
  18. What is the dispensing speed? Is the dispensing speed affected by my tolerance settings?
  19. What if I need to dispense over or under a specific target?
  20. What is the smallest amount of liquid that can be dispensed?
  21. Is the XPR Automatic Balance compatible with LabX? And do I need a special license?
  22. What is the dosing limit on a dosing head?
  23. How do I choose the correct dosing head for my sample?
  24. How fast is the return on investment (ROI) for my Automatic Balance?

What is an Automatic Balance?

METTLER TOLEDO’s XPR Automatic Balance is an automatic weighing system that dispenses powdered samples and liquids directly into a container on the balance weighing pan. It can also be used to create solutions with highly accurate concentrations. The dispensing is carried out automatically; simply enter the amount you want to dispense, and the Automatic Balance will do it for you.

Can I use my XPR Automatic Balance for manual weighing?

Yes, the XPR Automatic Balance can be used for both automated weighing and traditional manual weighing. To change from the automatic powder dispensing system, simply click once on the relevant icon and the dosing head moves to its uppermost position, leaving plenty of free space in the weighing chamber for your manual weighing applications.

XPR Automatic Balance Manual Weighing
XPR Automatic Balance Manual Weighing

Is automated weighing more accurate than weighing by hand?

Automatic powder dispensing is more accurate than manual weighing. The XPR Automatic Balance dispenses a fine stream of powder particles, allowing the desired sample quantity to be dispensed with a high degree of accuracy and with exceptional repeatability. Manual dosing processes are subject to a high degree of variability, not only because of the influence of the operator, but also due to factors such as opening and closing the draft shield, which causes drafts and temperature fluctuations that can affect accuracy. Achieving the same level of accuracy as the XPR Automatic Balance, with high repeatability, is practically impossible.

How do I dispense different powders on my XPR Automatic Balance?

METTLER TOLEDO offers a variety of different dosing heads suitable for dispensing powders with a wide range of different particle properties such as size, shape, surface texture, density, and susceptibility to electrostatic charge.

To avoid cross-contamination, one dosing head is dedicated to a single substance or lot number. The dosing head is then mounted on the Automatic Balance. To increase the storage volume, a vial can be attached to the dosing head. The dosing heads are easily interchanged for the automatic dispensing of different powders. To assist in this process, each dosing head has a built in RFID chip, which makes it possible to quickly and easily identify and verify the contents of the dosing head.

When not in use, the dosing head and attached vial can be stored safely as one unit in a dedicated storage box.

XPR Automatic Balance Powder Dispensing
XPR Automatic Balance Powder Dispensing

Our dosing head guide can help you select the right head according to the characteristics of your various samples.

Quantos Dosing Heads Selection Guide

What containers can be used with the XPR Automatic Balance?

The XPR Automatic Balance can dispense powders into a variety of different sized vials and bottles as well as capsules. Our specially designed adapters hold your container securely on the balance, while the dosing head has a sensor to automatically detect the top of the container to ensure precise powder dispensing. With the addition of the sample changer, up to 30 samples of different quantities can be dispensed in one run.

XPR Automatic Balance Containers
XPR Automatic Balance Containers

Can I use my XPR Automatic Balance to fill capsules?

Yes, your Automatic Balance can be used to fill capsules of sizes ranging from 000 to 4. Furthermore, by using the sample changer, up to 30 capsules can be filled in one fully automated run.

How do I use my XPR Automatic Balance to dispense liquids?

Automatic Balances (XPRQ models) are supplied with the Q3 dispensing module as standard. The Q3 dispensing module:

  • Dispenses powders and liquids
  • Utilizes the HeightDetect feature, which automatically detects the correct dosing height
  • Connects with the Sample Changer
  • Is mounted above the weighing chamber, leaving ample free space for manual weighing and taller vials
  • Can be added to all XPR analytical balance models to upgrade to automated weighing as an XPR Automatic Balance
XPR Automatic Balance Liquid Dispensing
XPR Automatic Balance Liquid Dispensing

Simple liquid dispensing on your XPR analytical balance can also be achieved through the addition of the QLX3 liquid dispensing module, which still enables you to create highly accurate solutions and concentrations. However, the QLX3 is installed inside the weighing chamber and only offers basic automated liquid dispensing. (Note that the QLX3 does not have the HeightDetect feature and is not compatible with the sample changer or with the XPR106DUH, which has a reduced height draft shield.)

Dispensing Modules
Dispensing Modules

Both the Q3 and QLX3 dispensing modules need to be connected to a pump. Each pump can be connected to up to 3 dispensing bottles to facilitate the dispensing of 3 different liquids. With the XPR Automatic Balance, up to 3 pumps can be connected, enabling you to dispense up to 9 different solvents.

Dispensing Pump
Dispensing Pump

How does my XPR Automatic Balance determine the volume of liquid that is dispensed?

The XPR Automatic Balance uses the weight of the liquid to determine the volume. The density of the liquid in the ambient temperature is required to ensure the calculation is accurate.

Liquid density
Liquid density

Learn more about gravimetric sample preparation in our free white paper:

White Paper: Gravimetric Sample Preparation - Reducing Sample Size and OOS Errors

Can I dispense powders and liquids on my XPR Automatic Balance?

Yes, your XPR Automatic Balance with the Q3 dispensing module can be used for automatic powder dispensing and automatic liquid dispensing. The XPR Automatic Balance comes with the Q3 dispensing module as standard. For automatic powder dispensing, you will need to purchase the appropriate dosing head(s) according to the particle characteristics of your sample. For automatic liquid dispensing, you will also need a liquid dosing head and at least one pump and bottle. 

Q3 Dispensing Module
Q3 Dispensing Module

How do I create solutions and standards on my XPR Automatic Balance?

In combination with the automatic liquid dispensing accessories, the XPR Automatic Balance enables you to prepare highly precise concentrations down to 0.1 mg/g. To create accurate solutions and standards, the XPR Automatic Balance uses the actual dosed amount of substance to determine the precise amount of solvent needed to obtain the exact concentration you require.

  1. Select the automatic solution preparation application
  2. Enter the concentration
  3. Enter the quantity of solution
  4. Place your container on the weighing pan and tare
  5. The Automatic Balance dispenses the substance into your container
    • Alternatively, you can dose the substance manually
  6. Attach the liquid dosing head
  7. The Automatic Balance dispenses the solvent into your container

How can I perform a dilution series on my XPR Automatic Balance?

The XPR Automatic Balance enables you to achieve a dilution factor of up to 10,000 in a single step by automatically dispensing the appropriate quantities of powder and liquid to create the desired concentration. Eliminating intermediate dilution steps drastically reduces the amount of solvent required, which minimizes waste, and results in considerable cost savings.

Dilution Series
Dilution Series

What is the highest capacity available on an XPR Automatic Balance?

The highest capacity available on an XPR Automatic Balance is 320 g, which can be achieved with the XPR305D5Q.

XPR Automatic Balance Capacity
XPR Automatic Balance Capacity

What is the lowest minimum weight that can be achieved on an XPR Automatic Balance?

The lowest minimum weight of 0.4 mg can be achieved with the XPR106DUHQ Automatic Balance. The automated USP minimum weight with the XPR106DUH is 4 mg.

XPR Automatic Balance Minimum Weight
XPR Automatic Balance Minimum Weight

Is there a minimum container height for dispensing with an XPR Automatic Balance?

When you use METTLER TOLEDO’s ErgoClip Vial Adapter or ErgoClip Height Extension accessories, there is no minimum height requirement for your containers. The vial adapters are compatible with all XPRQ Automatic Balance models, including the XPR106DUHQ. Without the ErgoClip, the minimum container height is 75 mm. The ErgoClip Height Extension is not compatible with the XPR106DUHQ, which has a reduced height draft shield.

XPR Automatic Balance Accessories
XPR Automatic Balance Accessories

Can I use the internal ionizer with my XPR Automatic Balance?

It is not possible to have the internal ionizer installed at the same time as the Q3 dispensing module. However, the integrable Antistatic Kit for the Automatic Balance can be used to eliminate electrostatic charge in the weighing chamber.

Antistatic Kit
Antistatic Kit

Does StaticDetect work when dispensing with my XPR Automatic Balance?

StaticDetect is automatically switched off during automated weighing to avoid any potential disturbance of the dispensing process. StaticDetect works in the usual way during manual dosing procedures, checking for the presence of electrostatic charges and providing a warning if the calculated error breaches the predefined limit.

StaticDetect with XPR Automatic Balance
StaticDetect with XPR Automatic Balance

What types of containers can I use on the Sample Changer?

Vials, bottles and capsules can all be used on the Sample Changer. We offer a range of adapters to accommodate different sized vessels with diameters from 8.5 mm to 52 mm. For containers with a diameter greater than 33.5 mm, only every alternate position on the Sample Changer can be used. We also offer adapters for Falcon tubes (16.4 mm and 29.3 mm), Eppendorf tubes (1.5 mL), and capsules (size 000 – 4).

Sample Changer Containers
Sample Changer Containers

What is the dispensing speed? Is the dispensing speed affected by my tolerance settings?

The speed of dispensing depends largely on the particle characteristics of the powdered sample; free flowing powders can be dispensed faster than powders that have a tendency form clumps. Clearly, larger quantities will take longer to dispense than smaller quantities. The speed of dispensing is influenced by the tolerance limits. When the tolerances are larger, i.e. when a lower level of accuracy is acceptable, the dispensing time is shorter.

What if I need to dispense over or under a specific target?

Your XPR Automatic Balance can work with asymmetrical tolerance limits. If your container must not be under- or over-filled, simply set the corresponding tolerance limit to 0%.

What is the smallest amount of liquid that can be dispensed?

In the automatic dispensing of small quantities of liquids, evaporation is a key consideration. Evaporation of dispensed liquids can be observed as drifting weight figures on the balance that may be significant enough to prevent the balance from settling. For solvents that evaporate quickly, we would recommend dispensing at least 100 mg (approximately 0.1 mL).

Is the XPR Automatic Balance compatible with LabX? And do I need a special license?

All XPR Automatic Balances are compatible with LabX™. The LabX Balance Instrument License for Excellence balances includes the XPR Automatic Balance.

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What is the dosing limit on a dosing head?

To ensure the highest accuracy and best performance, the suggested number of doses is 250. However, the heads have been tested to perform satisfactorily well beyond this recommendation. Depending on your application, accuracy requirements, and applicable regulations, the dosing heads can be used as long as they continue to meet your demands. 

How do I choose the correct dosing head for my sample?

The choice of powder dosing head is critical to achieve optimal performance and accurate results. Our dosing head guide provides an overview of the different heads available. Furthermore, our dosing head kit contains a selection of the most commonly used heads, enabling you to try out different heads with your various samples.

Dosing Heads
Dosing Heads

You can also send non-toxic powders to our application laboratory, and we will assess which is the most appropriate dosing head. Please contact LabTec Support for further information.

How fast is the return on investment (ROI) for my Automatic Balance?

Automatic powder dispensing and automatic liquid dispensing results in considerable savings in sample materials and solvents. Making just one standard per day can give you a return on your investment in the XPR Automatic Balance in as little as 3 months.