METER Aqualab VSA, Vapor Sorption Analyzer

Missing: critical moisture information

Isotherms can help you determine shelf life, choose the right packaging, and diagnose and solve problems in your product. What you don’t need is the hassle of creating those isotherms. Old-school studies take months and require a room full of desiccators. Newer DVS methods are faster, but they’re also expensive, and they don’t give you enough data for a complete picture. Isotherms have been a promise that doesn’t deliver—until now.

Make moisture dynamics crystal clear

What if you could create an isotherm in just 48 hours? And not just a curve with a few points, but detailed absorption and desorption curves composed of hundreds of points that show exactly what happens as your product absorbs and desorbs water? The VSA does that and more. Existing DVS instruments give you snapshots in time. The VSA gives you DVS capability PLUS a new DDI mode that shows you the whole picture of how your product changes during adsorption and desorption. And its full-featured modeling software puts answers at your fingertips. Solve problems like caking and clumping, matching the excipient to the API, and choosing correct packaging.

Get higher resolution in less time

The VSA’s groundbreaking design uses a fast water activity sensor combined with a very precise scale to create isotherm graphs dynamically. It passes humidified air over samples and measures both weight and water activity simultaneously. It then creates sorption and desorption isotherm curves with hundreds of points, instead of just five or six. And it does so in only a couple of days (approximately 48 hours), instead of a couple of months.

Double your insight with two different modes

Competitor instruments only use the DVS method. The VSA delivers DVS isotherms, and it also gives you truly dynamic high-resolution DDI isotherm curves. DDI curves make details visible which have never been seen before. They unlock new information to allow more precise formulation, more accurate predictions, and more complete product knowledge.

Turn your data into solutions

The VSA comes with intuitive, full-featured modeling software. The Moisture Analysis Toolkit shows you how to turn your data into solutions using research-tested predictive models. You’ll find all the models you need in one place, organized in a simple-to-use program.  Identify the critical humidity for glass transition, evaluate packaging performance, determine hygroscopicity, track hysteresis, predict coating breakdown, find susceptibility to caking/clumping, and more.

Found: the complete moisture picture

The VSA delivers fast, high-resolution graphs that change the way you understand your product. Dual testing modes and sophisticated modeling software turn your data into the solutions you need to manufacture, monitor, store, and ship a great product.

Isotherm Methods

Dynamic Dew Point Isotherm (DDI) & Static (DVS)

Water activity

Range: 0.030–0.950 aw
Resolution: 0.0001 aw
Accuracy: ±0.005
Repeatability: ±0.003 aw

Temperature Control

15 to 60 °C (sample chamber temperature; sample temperature is measured separately, and may vary)

Temperature stability

±0.1 °C

External Gas

7 psi max

Sample weight range

500 to 5,000mg

Mass Resolution


Sample Cup Volume


Water reservoir


Program Identification

Alphanumeric, programmable to display product name, lot or product ID number

Data storage

ONE (1) test

Data Communications



128 x 64 pixel graphical display with backlighting

Case dimensions

Length: 38.1cm
Width: 26.7cm
Height: 30.5cm

Case material

Machined aluminium frame; Polyurethane plastic with fire retardant




110 V to 220 VAC, 50/60Hz

Operating temperature

4°C to 50°C

Operating environment

0 to 90% relative humidity (noncondensing)



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