The MProbe from Lambda Photometrics is a non-contact film thickness measurement system which can measure the thickness of translucent multi-layer film stacks. A family of MProbe systems is available from the UV to the IR for all thickness ranges and resolution requirements. The TFCompanion control and analysis software package allows users to build layer stack models from a materials library as well as add customised materials. Stand-alone versions of the software are available for end-users and system integrators. The system is suitable for at-line, on-line and OEM set-ups as well as academic and industrial R&D. Applications include solar cell PV coatings, polymer films, semiconductors, photoresists, thin oxide and nitride films, LCD and flat panel displays and optical coatings.
The latest addition to Andor’s iStar range of ICCDs, the iStar 312T imaging platform, provides ultrafast acquisition rates which are suited to combustion and plasma studies. The platform also offers “crop mode” and “ast kinetic mode”, which enable increased acquisition rates. As part of the iStar family, the 312T also features a –40°C thermo-electric cooling interface, low-noise electronics and high quantum efficiency photocathodes for high sensitivity. It also offers ultra-precise timing control through low-jitter electronics and comprehensive software control interface as well as ultra-fast gating. The fully integrated Digital Delay Generator boasts low insertion delay and increased timing accuracy, allowing ultra-precise synchronisation of complex experiments through a comprehensive range of input/output triggering options. Solis software provides an intuitive interface to set all delays, gating and CCD parameters while offering a real-time control GUI for on-the-fly acquisition and timings optimisation.
Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced an unlimited spectral range and resolution feature in version 9.0 of its KnowItAll software. This new version allows users to store spectra in a user database at the precise range and resolution at which each spectrum was measured rather than being forced to conform to a fixed range and resolution of the entire database. As a result, users have more control over their data and can perform more accurate spectral searches that compare experimental spectra to reference databases. Additional features of this release include independent management of properties from multiple analytical techniques in user databases, simplified user database creation, a new structure drawing tool to comply with IUPAC structure drawing guidelines, higher resolution spectra in HaveItAll IR, NIR and Raman database subscriptions and spectra added to HaveItAll IR, UV-vis and NMR database subscriptions.
A microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer is now available from Agilent Technologies. The 4100 MP-AES uses a nitrogen-based plasma which runs on air and, therefore, does not require flammable or expensive gases. With no external cylinder connections required and no need for on-going gas supplies, the spectrometer is suitable for any elemental analysis laboratory—especially remote sites and mobile laboratories. By eliminating the need to plumb multiple gases into the laboratory or manually transport and handle gas cylinders, laboratory safety is improved. Easy to use application-specific software applets automatically load a pre-set method, enabling users to start analysis without the need for method development or alignment. Minimal training is required and, since flammable gases are no longer required, the system allows for safe, unattended multi-element overnight operation.
A new software module to enable high-precision and automated analysis of precious metals and high concentration elements is now available from Thermo Fisher Scientific. The iTEVA Precision software seamlessly integrates with the company's iCAP 600 series of ICP-OES spectrometers to deliver improved analytical results. Designed specifically for the metallurgy industry, the new module enhances the iTEVA software solution, delivering a simple and efficient workflow with real-time data processing using the bracketing standards approach. The software features advanced data processing, which routinely enables RSD values of < 0.3% between sample aliquots and the automated capability makes labour-intensive external calculations unnecessary, eliminating the potential for human transcription errors associated with manual off-line calculations. An added benefit is its ability to perform required post-run data reprocessing without reanalysing samples, accelerating workflows and conserving high-value samples. Customisable data filtering and reporting tools are available, enabling users to maintain their preferred workflow while automating current sample analysis processes.
The latest version of Spectrotest from Spectro Analytical is a mobile OES spectrometer, which is capable of segregating Duplex steels by nitrogen content and measuring carbon in steels down to 0.1% without the need for argon flushing. A number of advances in technology have made this possible. The “Plasma Generator” totally digital spark control accurately defines and controls the energy in the plasma which improves performance. The sample probe is new too: it is lighter, slimmer and more convenient to use when space is restricted. A new scrubbing system improves optical performance to permit the measurement of carbon in low alloy steels in air. An optional probe, which can quickly be interchanged with the standard probes, permits the measurement of light elements such as N, P, S, Be and B. The system uses Spectro's ICAL, which monitors performance and automatically corrects for any calibration drift using a single control sample. For PMI, alloy grades are quickly identified against the instrument's internal libraries and the automatic programme finding function uses the measured spectrum to ensure that the best measurement parameters and programmes are used for the sample.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced a new imaging ATR accessory offering enhanced spatial resolution and high-speed data acquisition capabilities for FT-IR chemical imaging applications. This accessory has been designed to seamlessly and effortlessly integrate with the company's range of FT-IR microscopes to enable improved chemical imaging of challenging samples. It is of particular benefit to manufacturers of composite structures, paper products, pharmaceutical dosage forms, biological tissues, polymer films and coatings. It simplifies the task of obtaining high-quality IR spectra in cases of samples that are difficult to prepare for transmission analysis. Observable features in specimens, such as defects, particles, fibres or inks, may be analysed with improved spatial resolution. It can quickly snap into the sample hold feature of the Nicolet iN10, Nicolet iN10 MX and the Nicolet Continuµm microscopes without the need for tools. All standard optics remain available, avoiding any concerns of alignment or down time when switching between sampling modes.
Agilent Technologies has introduced the Cary 630, a FT-IR spectrometer which has been designed for routine laboratory analysis of solids, liquids and gases. It is both small and light, creating a significant decrease in the instrument's footprint in the laboratory. Sampling accessories slide in and out in seconds with no alignment required, intuitive software allows even novice users to quickly analyse samples and the need to use a liquid transmission cell is removed due to the company's liquid sampling technology, the DialPath and TumblIR. Suitable for QA/QC in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, the system is also suitable for use in academic research and teaching laboratories. The multi-language software guides users through every step of operation, while colour-coded alerts make it easy to see whether samples meet specification.
Waters has introduced an addition to its vials product line. The TruView LC/MS certified vials include the stringent dimensional tolerances, UV and MS cleanliness tests required for the company's LC/GC and LC/MS certified vial lines. An additional feature of TruView vials is that the glass surface exhibits low polar analyte adsorption. The vials are manufactured under tightly controlled process conditions that limit the concentration of free ions on the surface of glass. Low levels of free ions on the surface of glass result in low analyte adsorption. Applications involving sensitive MS/MS spectrometers operate at analyte concentrations of ng mL–1 to pg mL–1 levels. At these concentrations, analyte adsorption can compromise analytical results. The TruView certified vials are tested for high recovery of analyte at 1 ng mL–1 concentration using UPLC/MS/MS (MRM) and yield little adsorption.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched its Servo and Servo+ ranges of sample preparation solutions for drugs of abuse testing. These SPE solutions enable analytes to isolate drug compounds from complex biological samples. The portfolio covers total drug screening and specific testing for tetrahydrocanabinol, opiates, amphetamines, phenylcyclohexylpiperdine (phencyclidine, PCP) and cocaine. Specifically designed to enhance routine drugs testing workflows in analaytical laboratories, Servo offers a fast and effective resource for high sample throughput, while Servo+ offers greater selectivity, higher loading capacity and increased robustness.
The HPR series of mass spectrometer-based gas analysers from Hiden Analytical has been expanded further to include analysis of static off-line gas samples in addition to the more routine conditions of dynamic flow. New additions include the HPR-70 bench-top system for gas composition measurement of small individual discreet samples with the gas preparation stage including selectable cascade volumes for pressure optimisation over a wide spread of sample volumes and sample pressures. Samples will normally be acquired and contained off-line as the container has an isolation valve or break-seal for direct connection to the mass spectrometer. The HPR-90 system uses similar mass spectrometer stages together with a customised inlet system specifically configured for analysis of gases trapped within enclosed volumes. It is totally enclosed within a UHV-compatible evacuated vacuum vessel and is equipped with appropriate cracking or drilling facilities to enable release of the gas sample for immediate analysis. Package volumes from 10 litres down to sub-millilitres are accommodated. The systems offer a choice of manual or automated operation and include multiple calibration routines for data quantification, enabling measurement of low-level gas components to the sub-ppm level.
McPherson's new vacuum spectrometers features stainless steel housings and components for ultra-high vacuum applications. The instruments can achieve 10E-6 T vacuum during operation with elastomer seals and feature master polished optics, multiple entrance and exit port locations and high precision wavelength drives. High reflectivity coatings provide up to 78% reflective efficiency at wavelengths as short as 120 nm and other coatings are available for performance in mid-wave and long-wave infrared applications. An f/4.7 aperture ratio enables good light throughput. Fitted for wavelength scanning and imaging applications, the spectrometers can accommodate many commercial back-thinned, windowless 2D CCD and CMOS sensors and many single channel silicon diode or scintillated photomultiplier-type sensors. The instruments are suitable for experiments involving transient or fast plasma physics, astrophysics, material science or laser-matter interaction experiments. They are available in focal lengths of 0.67 m, 1.0 m, 1.3 m and 2 m and can be prepared for high-vacuum and also ultra-high vacuum applications with all metal seals. Various vacuum compatible accessories are available.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched two new complete solutions based on the Antaris II FT-NIR analyser, for feed and ingredient analysis in agriculture and flour and milling analysis in the food processing industry. The solutions set an industry standard for laboratory-based FT-NIR performance in a ready-for-plant package. Both pre-calibrated solutions rapidly analyse multiple components simultaneously without consumables, chemicals or disposable costs, saving both time and money. The company has collaborated with Aunir to incorporate its INGOT universal NIR calibrations into both analyser solutions, offering calibrated systems that are ready to use immediately. This provides a solution for monitoring key elements such as moisture, protein, ash, fat, fibre, starch and other nutritional and physical parameters. The new systems consist of the Antaris II FT-IR analyser with integrating sphere module and 5 cm or 12 cm sample cup spinner accessory, RESULT and TQ Analyst software packages and either INGOT level 4 Flour and Milling or Feed and Ingredient calibration package, enabling fast sampling and simultaneous wavelength measurement. The analyser provides internal, automatic sample collection, eliminating operator error and sampling variability.
ProFoss from Foss NIRSystems is now available with the Vision software for pharmaceutical and chemical process applications. It provides non-destructive analysis of pharmaceutical and chemical products directly in the process line without bypass.
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