Pensky-Martens flash point tester: PMA 5

The automatic Pensky-Martens closed-cup tester measures the flash point at the lowest temperature at which the application of an ignition source causes the vapors of a sample to ignite. 
PMA 5 is suitable for flammability applications on both biodiesel and biodiesel-blended fuels along with distillate fuels like diesel, heating oil, and kerosene. It is also commonly used for other potentially flammable liquids.

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Key features

Benefits at a glance

  • Integrated fire-extinguishing system automatically controlled or manually released (requires N2 or CO2 gas)
  • The One-Twist swivel-around multi-function head guarantees the safe and easy one-hand connection of all sensors and actuators such as the shutter release, stirrer, igniter, and detector contacts.
  • A multi-detector combines the flash point detector and the temperature probe in a solid housing with a perfectly adjusted immersion depth
  • Memory for 1000 tests, 20 operators, 100 sample names
  • Statistical analysis (Min, Max, Mean, Repeatability)
  • Data handling via USB stick for import into MS Excel® or to LIMS

Convenient Operation

  • Test initiation by pre-installed standard test methods and the option to customize methods in 15 user-defined programs
  • Calibration protocol printable
  • Menu navigation by jog shuttle system with easy turn-and-push operation and color-coded LED indication for each operation mode
  • 5.7” color graphics display shows real-time measurement
  • Password protection

Customized user flexibility

  • PC-software FPPNet (optional) for convenient remote handling and test data storage
  • Stainless steel or small-volume sample cup (optional)
  • Stainless steel sample temperature sensor Pt100
  • Bar code reader or keyboard (optional)

Technical specifications

Application range Up to 405 °C (°C/°F selectable)
Ignition Gas and electric (interchangeable)
Heating According to method or user-defined
Stirring According to method or user-defined
Cooling Built-in forced air (fan)
Flash point detection Thermocouple
Sample temperature Pt100 glass probe
Sample temperature calibration Dynamic calibration against a certified digital thermometer and offset capability with correction table (21 calibration points)
Barometric pressure correction Automatic correction
Safety Overheat protection, automatic shut-off, fire-extinguishing system, password
Interfaces 3x USB, 1x RS232, 1x LAN
Gas supply Test flame: 50 mbar of propane or butane
Fire extinguisher: 6 bar to 12 bar of nitrogen
                            or carbon dioxide
Power supply 115 V/230 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz, 1000 W
Dimensions 230 mm x 410 mm x 460 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 14 kg
Resolution 0.1 °C



ANP Nº 804


ISO 2719-A
ISO 2719-B
ISO 2719-C
IP 34-A
IP 34-B


JIS K 2265-3

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