SPECTRO iQ Fulfills Newly Ratified ASTM Ultra-low Sulfur In Fuels Testing Standard

March 9, 2006

Compact SPECTRO iQ ED-XRF Analyzer Offers Affordable Solution for Determining Content of EPA-Mandated Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuels

Kleve, Germany , March 9, 2006 – The new SPECTRO iQ polarized energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence (ED XRF) system from SPECTRO fully complies with the D 7220-06 testing standard recently issued by ASTM International for determination of the low-sulfur content of automotive fuels.

The excellent repeatability and reproducibility of SPECTRO iQ’s results also make the instrument an ideal solution for refineries, pipeline operations, transportation terminals and others seeking to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandated transition to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in 2006.

The recently introduced benchtop SPECTRO iQ offers enhanced performance at a more affordable price than previously available ED-XRF systems and advances the analysis of sulfur in fuels into measurement ranges previously restricted to significantly more expensive wavelength-dispersive XRF systems.

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 provides 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 an unique “Method Wizard” that takes users through the analyzing process step-by-step making it easy to build an analysis method.


SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. As a business unit of the AMETEK Materials Analysis Division, SPECTRO manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for strongly varying applications and provides exemplary customer service. Innovation, instrument concerns and customer relations are its main activities. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 23,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with an annual turnover of approximately 1.6 billion US$. AMETEKs corporate growth plan is based on four key strategies: Operative excellence, strategic acquisitions and alliances, geographic and market expansion as well as new products. AMETEKs common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index. 

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