What is an Analyzer Specialist?


A Chemist ? An Electrical Engineer? A multi disciplined Technologist? A Project Manager? A Maintenance Technician? A Reliability Analyst?

Short answer is ALL of the ABOVE.

An Analyzer Specialist is a multi faceted  professional with specific knowledge, cumulative experience in analytical instrumentation used in process analysis and environmental compliance.

An Analyzer Specialist possesses additional knowledge in the supporting peripherals of analyzers i.e sample delivery systems, communication protocols and housing protection.

He may work for a manufacturer/supplier, a rep company, a construction and engineering firm, a service contract company or a major manufacturing firm in the Petrochemical and Specialty Chemical Sector, Power Generation, Cement, Pharmaceutical .....

but above all he is knowledgeable in the following:

•Analyzer system specifications, applicable technology selection, design engineering, integration, construction, installation, Factory Acceptance Test, commissioning, start-up, Site Acceptance Test, training, mechanical completion, maintenance and performance evaluation. And proper P&ID representation of the analyzer systems.

•All parts of analyzer sample delivery system starting from sample extraction point to sample return and disposal. Sample delivery encompassing preconditioning, transportation, conditioning, recovery.

•CEMS, Data Acquisition, Stack Flow, Temperature and Pressure instruments, Networking, Control  Systems engineering, configuration, operation and maintenance 

•Specifications, design, engineering, maintenance and operation of analyzer houses, enclosures with the associated safety monitoring system including climate control and purge systems.

•Analytical instrumentation technologies new and old, analyzer system components, and related manufacturers, suppliers, representatives. Analytical method applications, sampling techniques.

•Typical analytical instrumentation technologies: Chromatographic; spectrographic; photometric; amperometric; electrochemical; paramagnetic; Coulometric; Thermal conductivity, Flame Ionization, Flame Photometric Detection; Light Scattering, Acetate tape; analysis by physical proprieties; calorimetric.

•Fire and Gas detection systems and Fire suppression systems.

•Standards, Codes, best Practices local and national (international) EPA, CFR, ISA, API, ASTM, IEC, NFPA, ISO, PIP, OSHA, NRTL.

In addition he may be responsible for:

•Carrying out activities such as preventive maintenance, timely repairs, alteration and updates, installation, inspection, replacement to ensure a high level of reliability and availability of the analyzer systems. 

•Reviewing and preparing the inspection test procedures, maintenance procedures, instructions and records for analyzer assets. 

•Developing with plant reliability, engineering and projects departments the design, specification and selection of new analytical systems.

•Maintaining close relationship with the customers affected by the analytical instrumentation such as Operations; Process Engineering; Business Unit Managers; Health, Safety & Environmental Department; Maintenance Shop and Planning Department.

•Determining equipment target performance, Key Performance Index, bad actors.


Are you an Analyzer Specialist?