Compact, Affordable SPECTRO iQ ED-XRF Analyzer Exceeds Standard for Determining Low-Sulfur Content of Automotive Fuels

Friday, September 30, 2005

UK Energy Institute Ratifies New Standard Utilizing Polarized ED-XRF Technology for Low-Sulfur Fuels Testing

Kleve , Germany , September 30, 2005 – The new SPECTRO iQ energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) system from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments advances analysis of sulfur in fuels into measurement ranges previously restricted to significantly more expensive wavelength-dispersive XRF systems.

The recently introduced bench-top SPECTRO iQ offers enhanced performance at a more affordable price than previously available ED-XRF systems. The system is fully compliant with and, in fact, exceeds the latest and more demanding testing standards issued by the UK Energy Institute (formerly Institute of Petroleum), IP 532/05, for determination of the low-sulfur content of automotive fuels.

The SPECTRO iQ has a detection limit for sulfur in fuels of less than 1ppm and provides a complete and simultaneous analysis of all other critical and relevant elements, including lead, manganese, nickel and vanadium. Its performance is based on new C-Force polarized optics that provide a level of sensitivity previously unavailable in an ED-XRF analyzer.

In addition, its electrically cooled Si-drift detector achieves excellent spectral resolution and is able to handle high count rates. The SPECTRO iQ also is user friendly, featuring a unique “Method Wizard” that takes users through the analyzing process step-by-step making it easy to build an analysis method.

SPECTRO, a leading global provider of Optical Emission and XRF Spectrometers, is committed to innovation, instrumentation support and service. With more than 22,000 instruments shipped to customers throughout the world, SPECTRO delivers advanced products, better and more diverse solutions. SPECTRO is a division of the AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group (EIG) – a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating and display instruments. AMETEK EIG sells its instruments to the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets worldwide and had 2004 sales of approximately $667 million.

AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with annualized sales of approximately $1.4 billion. AMETEK’s Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions & Alliances, Global & Market Expansion, and New Products. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index. 

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