Because total organic carbon analyzers measure the amount of TOC present in a liquid sample, they are widely used in the environmental industry as TOC indicates the amount of natural organic water contained in drinking water. The TOC analyzer also finds wide application in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries because TOC indicates microbe and endotoxin levels. This article discusses the stages of TOC analysis—acidification, oxidation, and detection—and the categories of TOC analyzers—lab TOC analyzers, online TOC analyzers, and portable TOC analyzers. Finally, important purchasing and regulatory compliance considerations are pointed out.
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