SPECTROTEST redefines mobile metal analysis

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Specially designed optics, ICAL logic system and highly effective arc/spark source make the new SPECTROTEST the most powerful spectrometer of its class
Kleve, November 12, 2002. With the introduction of the new SPECTROTEST in the new year, SPECTRO has great plans: to make the mobile arc/spark metal analyzer, which has passed through product development as the most powerful system of its class, into the most successful industrial spectrometer on the market.

The new SPECTROTEST is a robust and simultaneously lightweight, high-tech instrument, which can be used as a universal industrial spectrometer for all metal testing applications: analysis of thin wires and samples with curved surfaces like cable or pipe, metal sorting at the shipping dock or identification of a wide range of different alloys at the scrap yard.

ICAL increases instrument uptime

In addition to the ergonomic design, the SPECTROTEST offers the greatest advantages through the interaction of new and proven components. ICAL (Intelligent Calibration Logic) is a completely novel system. The software-based system monitors and controls the state of the instrument independent from external influences. Thus, the time-consuming recalibration of the spectrometer can be eliminated. For change in location and temperature fluctuations, it is sufficient to measure a single control sample, which gives the user the benefit of significantly increased instrument uptime at the lowest operating costs.

The system offers the same advantages for measuring changing alloys: conventional industrial spectrometers sometimes require up to five samples and a corresponding number of individual measurements before the metal analyzer is set-up for a new alloy group, the optimum measurement program is loaded, and the most suitable excitation parameters are set. With the new function "APF Plus" (Automatic Program Finder) one measurement is sufficient: the system automatically recognizes the matrix and loads the most suitable program. Only SPECTROTEST has this function, that automatically selects the optimum parameters for the testing requirement at hand.

The optical system captures the entire relevant wavelength range with its CCD detectors and is distinguished by remarkable precision due to holographic gratings originating from SPECTRO's own production process. The gratings and CCD detectors are mounted in a fixed housing protected from dust and shock.

For the measurement, in addition to a standard spark probe for metal analysis, which can also be used for the determination of carbon, there is also a special probe with integrated UV optics. This allows the determination of the elements phosphor, sulfur, boron, and tin content in alloys. With only one charge of the battery installed in the trolley, several hundred measurements are possible.

Language-forming standard redesigned

The sample no longer has to go to the metal analyzer – the analyzer can now go to the sample. 23 years ago, SPECTRO caused a sensation with the presentation of SPECTROTEST: the world's first truly mobile metal analyzer. SPECTROTEST changed the market for analysis instruments and established the name of SPECTRO as a leader in innovation. Despite the weight of almost a quarter ton, for more than 20 years SPECTROTEST has remained, not counting facelifts and improvements in details, a competitive product that set standards and created new language for the market. "'Spectrotesting' has become the term for mobile metal analysis," reports SPECTRO CEO Tom Blades. "SPECTROTEST set the standard. The new SPECTROTEST will redefine this standard."

Diet: The new SPECTROTEST weighs less than one fifth of the previous model, however, it is just as robust and surpasses its predecessor and other systems available on the market in terms of analysis speed and accuracy thanks to superior technology. SPECTRO is confident it can build on the success of the old SPECTROTEST.

SPECTRO – international leader in the field of optical emissions and X-ray-fluorescence spectrometry with over 18,000 installed instruments – is a multinational company, for which innovation, instrument care, and customer service are focal points. SPECTRO’s goal is to produce future-oriented instruments, to develop the best solutions for the most diverse uses, and to ensure exemplary customer service.

Please contact Tom Milner for additional information, Tel: +49.2821.892-0, 
Fax: +49.2821.892-2200, E-Mail: spectro.info@ametek.com