Some samples, such as cosmetics and food, cannot be measured directly with the Rancimat as no evaluable induction time is obtained. There are many reasons for this, for example a high water content, a too low fat content or various matrix effects. However, using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as carrier material, many of these samples can be directly and reproducibly measured without sample preparation. This is due to the antioxidants that are naturally present in the sample matrix, and which stabilize the induction time of the PEG. The induction time can therefore be directly related to the oxidation stability of the sample.
Furthermore, with a standard addition it is possible to measure the content of antioxidants (AOC) such as vitamin E, vitamin C or an equivalent of it. The decrease of the antioxidants over time (for example, during storage of the sample) can thus be measured and evaluated. In addition, this method eliminates a costly sample preparation. A reproducible and accurate determination of the oxidation stability using the 892 Professional Rancimat can be realized.