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Top Five FAQs

Refer to XT15 Service Procedure Fault – ETS (X5S016). 

Note: Older XT15 software may present variations in fault wording. Should technical service be required, please photograph the fault screen so the technician can verify the software version. 

There is a leak. The most common cause is a leaky Q1 valve, which would cause cooling water to flow into the vessel during the heating stage.

To test:

Turn the instrument completely off but keep the water supply on. Check to see if water is running out of the drain line. Water should not be running out of the drain line if the instrument is off. If it is, then you need to inspect and clean valves Q1, Q2, and Q3 (Q1 is the most important). To inspect the valves, turn off the water supply and refer to XT15 Service Procedure Drain Manifold Replacement (X5S005).

After inspecting the valves, turn your water supply back on and verify that no water is running through the drain line while the instrument is off. Run an extraction. If the vessel is not heating, contact ANKOM. 

Note: Older XT15 software may present variations in fault wording. Should technical service be required, please photograph the fault screen so the technician can verify the software version. 

There are three primary reasons for high Crude Fat results.

(1) The bag is not completely sealed; therefore the sample gets lost during extraction.

(2) A bag picks up surface fat from another sample.

(3) Incomplete drying in the pre-extraction phase. This is the biggest contributor to high crude fat results. All the moisture in the sample must be removed before the extraction because the ANKOM technique uses the indirect method of determining fat (weighing what is left over after the fat has been extracted). It is good to regularly check your moisture (dry matter) values when performing fat extraction using ANKOM instrumentation. This can be done by simply weighing and recording the weight of the Filter Bag before filling it with the sample. After the three-hour drying step, when you re-weigh the bags plus the sample, the following formula will give you the moisture value:  

100 x ((Filter Bag Weight + Sample Weight) - Weight After Drying) / Sample Weight

We suggest each lab regularly test this analysis by utilizing a check sample or lab standard. Low moisture values tend to be due to:

  • Not using or incorrectly using desiccant pouches
  • Incorrect oven temperature settings (should be between 100 - 105°C)
  • Hot or cold spots in the oven
  • The oven is being overloaded with other samples or glassware 

Crude Fat results could be low for any of the following reasons: 

  • The extraction was not run long enough.
  • The sample was not post-extraction dried enough.
  • Fat migrated from a bag during the pre-dry step.
  • Desiccant was either not used or incorrectly used during the post-dry phase.
  • The water was not turned on or the flow meter was turned down.
  • There was too much sample in the bags or too many bags in the instrument. 

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