We use energy everywhere in our daily lives, from flipping a light switch to answering a cell phone to fueling a car. Similarly, we benefit from the chemical industry every time we package leftovers, enjoy new clothes or clean our homes.
Chemical manufacturers convert raw materials such as oil, natural gas, metals and minerals into more than 70,000 different products. Polymers and plastics comprise much of this industry, used in everything from packaging to backpacks to lingerie to watchbands.
We don’t usually think about energy and chemicals together, but they both rely on petroleum from fossil fuels. Many major energy companies are also major chemical companies.
Petrochemical pipeline operators use Agilent gas chromatographs (GC) to identify and quantify more than 150 different petrochemical compounds and impurities. Biofuel producers use Agilent microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometers (MP-AES) to certify that their products meet environmental quality standards.
Chemical manufacturers use Agilent Fourier Transfer infrared spectrometers (FT-IR) to control the production of polymers. Makers of agricultural chemicals use Agilent high-performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC) with mass spectrometry (MS) to analyze the effectiveness and environmental impact of pesticides.
For more than 40 years, Agilent has played a leadership role in ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials), the standards body for the energy and chemical industries. Agilent also works to ensure laboratory safety standards. As one customer in China observed, “Only Agilent has shown concern about our safety. None of your competitors have done so.”
Agilent’s customer markets include energy and chemicals, food, the environment, forensics, pharmaceuticals, research and diagnostics.
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