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  1. Vol. 81 No. 6, p. 986-990
    Received: Aug 29, 1988

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Interfacing an Electronic Analytical Balance with a Microcomputer to Facilitate Gravimetric Laboratory Analyses

  1. R. N. Gates,
  2. S. S. Waller ,
  3. B. K. Lawrence and
  4. J. J. Mullahey
  1. Iberia Res. Stn., Louisiana Agric. Exp. Stn., Louisiana State Univ. Agric. Cen, P.O. Box 466, Jeanerette, LA 70544.



A program is described that reduces laboratory time and labor by using an interface card to input readings from an electronic analytical balance to a microcomputer. Use of the system and the program is illustrated for detergent fiber analyses of forage samples. The program automatically records balance readings and calculates analytical results. Results are stored on floppy disks. Advantages include reduced time input for repetitive weighings and elimination of errors resulting from transcription or calculation. Results may also be transferred directly to another computer for summarization and statistical analyses.

Approved for publication by the Director of the Lousiana Agric. Exp. Stn. ELS manuscript number 88-79-2518

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