From Zero to 1000 in Just Two Years

October 5, 2006

The 1000th SPECTROMAXx Metal Analyzer Goes to AWG

Kleve/Giengen, Germany – October 5, 2006 – Since its market introduction two years ago, the number of SPECTROMAXx metal analyzers sold by SPECTRO has increased dramatically. The 1000 th instrument was recently delivered to the fittings specialists AWG in Giengen.

AWG supplies everything for mobile and stationary fire protection with innovative solutions for sophisticated fire-fighting fittings. It places particular emphasis on a high vertical integration in order to maintain their ambitious quality standards. Utilization of an efficient metal analyzer in the foundry for alloy control prior to casting is an important requirement.

With its compact size, the robust character and high analytical performance, the SPECTROMAXx is the ideal spectrometer for AWG. The SPECTROMAXx possesses a unique sample excitation system--the SPECTRO Plasma Generator--that clearly provides more accurate and stable results than a conventional excitation source.

Among the other compelling arguments for the high-tech spectrometer are a novel spark stand with decreased argon consumption and long maintenance-free intervals; CCDs specially selected for emission spectrometry; a high performance readout system; and the ICAL logic system that continuously monitors the operating state of the instrument and that greatly simplifies instrument operation.

For SPECTRO, the sensational success of the SPECTROMAXx in small and mid-sized foundries and metal processing companies confirms the correctness of the customer-oriented alignment of its range of products. In the future, SPECTRO intends to remain a leading provider for element analysis in industry and environmental protection with innovative products at an attractive price.

About AWG Fittings

On the market for over 100 years, AWG is now the leading supplier of professional fire-fighting fittings and fire-extinguishing appliances. A family-run business with approximately 250 employees, AWG develops, produces and markets quality products for the fire-fighting technology from two German locations. The company markets them around the world through its network of branch offices, representatives and suppliers.

About SPECTRO: SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and x-ray fluorescence spectrometry. As a member 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 25,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

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

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