SPECTRO Extends Its Portfolio of Mobile and Portable Metal Analyzers

September 9, 2008

Range of mobile metal analyzer products now includes a handheld XRF and two OES spectrometers
SPECTRO Business Unit Manager, Manfred Bergsch: “We can offer the right instrument for every customer application.” 
New brochure documents the performance capabilities and applications for the three instruments
Kleve, September 9th, 2008 – SPECTRO Analytical Instruments now offers a complete line of mobile and portable metal analyzers; addressing all applications for onsite metal analysis. The product line encompasses the new SPECTRO xSORT handheld XRF spectrometer, the SPECTRO iSORT portable OES spectrometer and the SPECTROTEST mobile OES spectrometer. The performance capabilities and applications for the three metal analyzers are documented in a brochure currently available – free of charge - at www.spectro.com. 

“SPECTRO has been a market and technology leader in mobile metal analysis for 30 years. We’ve only been able to maintain that leadership by continuously extending and optimizing our instrument portfolio.” explains Manfred Bergsch, Business Unit Manager at SPECTRO. With the introduction of the SPECTRO xSORT handheld XRF instrument to the market in September 2008, SPECTRO has set an important milestone: “Now we have a complete product family of mobile metal analyzers allowing us to precisely fulfill every customer requirement.” 

The All-Rounder: SPECTRO xSORT
The SPECTRO xSORT, introduced in September 2008, is a portable X-ray fluorescence instrument for onsite metal analysis. The 1.7 kilogram (3.7 lbs) light instrument is especially suited to the analysis and sorting of high alloy metals. With its high resolution silicon drift detector, it determines all of the elements in an alloy in only two seconds. Because the analyses are non-destructive and without sparks, it is also possible to utilize the instrument in areas that are inaccessible to OES spectrometers, e.g., final QC control in the automotive industry, plant infrastructure PMI in explosion protected areas, as well as for precious metals analysis. 

The Specialist: SPECTRO iSORT
The SPECTRO iSORT is a flexible handheld OES spectrometer that is very convincing for grade identification and batch sorting; simultaneously mastering difficult applications such as the determination of the carbon content in low alloy steels. Unlike the larger SPECTROTEST, the iSORT is also able to work in narrow areas, on scaffolding and in difficult to reach terrain. 

The Standard: SPECTROTEST
The SPECTROTEST is a high performance mobile OES spectrometer that can manage almost any task in the metal producing and metal processing industries in regards to measuring accuracy and measuring speed. It analyzes iron, nickel, copper, aluminum, magnesium, titanium, cobalt, lead, tin and zinc based alloys – at the same time, supporting a number of demanding applications, such as the measurement of carbon with arc excitation or the control of duplex steels using the nitrogen content and spark excitation. 

“Many of our competitors offer only a single product for onsite metal analysis; selling it to their customers as a universal instrument,” reports Manfred Bergsch. “We have made a conscious decision to go in a different direction, and have diversified our portfolio of mobile metal analyzers. With our wide range of products, we are able to optimally meet the demands of our customers in all industries.” 

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. SPECTRO products are exemplary for their unique technical performance which is significant in the measurable use for its customers. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 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 2.5 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.

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