Automatic Atmospheric Distillation Apparatus Accordingly to ASTM D86


For light Petroleum products

STARDist is our brand new Automatic Distillation Unit and includes new and innovative features such as Optical Dry Point Detection, Voc Cold Trap, HD Volume Scan, Automatic Heater Lift, Smart Heater Control and much more.
Methods: ASTM D86, D1078, D850, EN ISO 3405, IP123, JIS K2254, and other related methods


PreScan: volume and temperature of sample-filled receiver are measured in the receiving chamber before each test. Actual measured volume is then corrected to 100% volume. Receiving chamber temperature is automatically set to sample temperature, provided it is whithin the method-prescribed limits.

START check: 1. Heater plate size. 2. PT-100 probe placed in flask. 3. Heater door closed. (Must be confirmed before test to start)

Results validation: quick pass / fail test validation against method-prescribed limits such as “time to IBP”, “FBP temp.”, etc.

Optimization: automatically optimizes program settings with fixed InHeat and Final Heat settings after first distillation test.

Flask Installer: ensures easy and correct upright flask positioning for both 125 ml and 200 ml flasks. The vapor probe’s height position relative to the flask’s side arm is always correct thanks to the vapor probe design in combination with the strict flask dimensions.


Heating control

Kalman Filter technology: multiparameter-based algorithm calculates and applies the required heater settings for IBP, FBP and (4-5 ml/p min.) speed control in real-time. Suitable for unknown samples and/or complicated blends such as E20.

Condenser cooling

Solid state: based on Peltier elements with heat-pipe assisted heat sinks and silent fans for heat dissipation. No liquids involved.

Condenser temperature can be increased during the distillation to deal with “light start / heavy end” products to prevent both evaporation loss and product waxing in the condenser

tube. Temperature range: 0 – 65°C. Resolution 0.1°C.

STARDist Automatic Distillation Unit

Part No. 913000. Includes:

  • PT-100 temp. probe including calibration report
  • Distillation flask 125 ml straight neck
  • Centering device for 125 ml flask
  • 100 ml receiver with brass foot
  • 38 mm ceran heater plate
  • 50 mm ceran heater plate
  • Boiling stones 25 gr.
  • Condenser cleaning tool



Made in West Europe