Before you learn the software, you should learn the hardware
Intermediate Level Syllabus (Hardware)
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- How to install the sensor and tape
- Different adapters and sight glasses
- Integrating the Fraction Finder sensor to Wiped Film Evaporation and Ethanol Extraction
How to install the Fraction Finder sensor and tape
While installing the sensor is an easy and quick task (~1-2 minutes), it is important to abide by best practices for optimal sensor installation
1. Apply the light-blocking to the glassware, leaving a gap between the tap
2. Install the sensor on the gap between the tape, with the thicker part of the sensor down
3. Finally, connect the sensor cable to the port in the back of the sensor, and connect the other end to the display’s port
Different adapters and sight glasses
Here is a cheat sheet on our different adapters and sight glass. Visit the Glass Adapters category on our shop page to learn about pricing and specifications.
24/40 Adapter – Adapts the Fraction Finder sensor to size 24 glass systems by extending the glass outer diameter
Collection Jar Adapter – Adapts the Fraction Finder sensor to wiped film evaporators with a gear pump and Ball collection jar
Hot Tech Adapter – Adapts the Fraction Finder sensor to hot tech processes, in which the condenser is too hot to have the sensor on
Isolation Valve Adapter – Adapts the Hot Tech Adapter to distillation units (optional)
Pure Path Adapter – Adapts the Fraction Finder sensor to the Cascade Pure Path 100
Sight Glass – Adapts the Fraction Finder to metal wiped film evaporators
Shielded Sight Glass – Adapts the Fraction Finder sensor to ethanol, cryo-ethanol, and centrifuge extractors
Integrating the Fraction Finder sensor to Wiped Film Evaporation and Ethanol Extraction
Installing the Fraction Finder sensor onto short path distillation units is very basic. As shown in the section “How to install the Fraction Finder sensor and tape” above, it’s just a matter of making sure the sensor is oriented correctly. For Wiped Film and Ethanol Extraction processes, sensor installation typically requires an adapter or sight glass.
There are 4 different methods of installing the Fraction Finder sensor to a wiped film unit: Collection Jar Adapter, Sight Glass (non-shielded), Rodaviss Adapter, and simply direct installation on the glassware.
Method 1 – Collection Jar Adapter (for Ball jars)
Equipment: Root Sciences/VTA
Method 2 – Sight Glass (for metal wiped film units)
Method 3 – Rodaviss Adapter (for rodaviss joints)
Equipment: Cascade Botanical/AGI
Method 4 – Directly on the glassware (no adapter)
Equipment: Beaker & Wrench
To integrate the Fraction Finder sensor into an ethanol extraction process, simply replace one of your existing sight glasses with our custom one. It’s that easy – just attach this sight glass to your extractor’s sanitary flange connections. The Fraction Finder sensor will come pre-installed on the sight glass; the reason for this is that we have a polycarbonate shield around the sensor and we backfill the sight glass with nitrogen, as well as sensor, pressure, and temperature testing the unit.