New SPECTROMAXx: SPECTRO's Bestseller Now More Economical and More Flexible

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stationary metal analyzer with CCD technology now in its fifth generation
New model with greatly reduced argon consumption, integrated diagnostic and improved small sample analysis
Kleve, May 5, 2009 – SPECTRO Analytical Instruments presents the newest generation of the SPECTROMAXx stationary metal analyzer at the CONTROL trade show (May 5 to May 8, 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany). The CCD-based analytical instrument was the most successful SPECTRO model over the last few years: Approximately 3,500 instruments have been sold since the beginning of 2005. The current generation of the top seller offers many improvements: The most important innovations are an argon saving module that clearly reduces the argon consumption and a new package of methods and adapters for small sample analysis.

“The SPECTROMAXx has established itself as the international standard for stationary metal analyzers,” explains Tom Milner, head of marketing at SPECTRO. “But even such a top performer can be improved. The fifth generation is more economical, more flexible and more user-friendly than its predecessor. We’ve raised the bar a good bit higher.”

New Argon Saving Module

Highlight of the current product generation is the new argon saving module that reduces the argon consumption when the instrument is not in use to zero; leading to substantial savings. Product Manager Kay Toedter explains how it works: “When the spark generator is turned off at the end of the day, the argon saver shuts the flush down to zero. The operator sets the time when the instrument is to be used the next morning. The system then automatically starts up the instrument so that the spark stand and the optical system are optimally supplied with argon; on time for the first measurement of the morning.” When idle for a longer period of time, e.g., on the weekend or during works holidays, the instrument is also completely shut down; enabling a proportionally higher savings. The instrument can also be pre-programmed for this type of interruption over several days so that the optic is already flushed and ready to measure punctually when work begins.

Improved Analysis of Small Parts

Small sample analysis has also been improved for the SPECTROMAXx: Pre-defined method packages for small pieces of iron, aluminum and copper matrices in the form of screws, pins, wires and sheets are now available. The method packages cover all standard applications in small part analysis. At the same time, SPECTRO offers a new set of adapters for the new SPECTROMAXx, ensuring simple handling of small samples in the laboratory: With the special adapters, small parts and wires can be precisely and securely fixed over the measuring aperture. The adapters accelerate sample throughput in the laboratory and guarantee reliable and reproducible results for measurement series.

New Diagnosis System

Important from the maintenance standpoint: The new SPECTROMAXx possesses an integrated diagnosis system, which continuously informs operators and service technicians as to the state of the system and all of its main components. This makes it possible to more quickly rectify malfunctions and favorably complete service calls. The internal components of the SPECTROMAXx have been rearranged for optimal serviceability. It is no longer necessary to remove any blocking components in order to conduct common maintenance processes such as changing filters or replacing the filter cartridge. The UV lens can be externally cleaned and replaced.

In addition to the new arrangement of the hardware, the SPECTROMAXx now uses the “Spark Analyzer Vision Software” already proven in the larger SPECTROLAB systems.

About SPECTRO:

SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. SPECTRO manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for strongly varying applications and provides exemplary customer service. SPECTRO’s products are exemplified by unique technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer.  From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

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Please contact Tom Milner for additional information, Tel: +49.2821.892-0, 
Fax: +49.2821.892-2200, E-Mail: spectro.info@ametek.com
New ICP-MS records the elements from lithium to uranium with every analysis
Novel Direct Charge Detector and new ion optic guarantee extraordinary precision and high sample throughput
Records contents of different isotopes opening new application areas
Detailed information about SPECTRO MS available at http://ms.spectro.com
Kleve, March 1, 2010 – With the SPECTRO MS at Pittcon 2010 (Orlando/Florida, February 28 until March 5, 2010) SPECTRO presents the first fully simultaneous measuring mass spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-MS; see “Background” section) in the world. The SPECTRO MS records the entire elemental spectrum between lithium and uranium for every analysis. Users achieve a greatly increased sample throughput rate and much better precision and accuracy compared to using a sequential mass spectrometer.

“The SPECTRO MS will change mass spectrometry forever. The option of being able to measure simultaneously will create a revolution on the market similar to the one created by the optical emission spectrometers several years ago,” reports Manfred Bergsch, SPECTRO’s Managing Director. “The SPECTRO MS delivers not only much more precise and reproducible results than a conventional mass spectrometer, but also measures a great deal faster; opening new perspectives and applications for laboratories.”

Simultaneous recording of the entire spectrum is enabled by a series of newly designed high-end components:

A novel ion optic that is extremely efficient in transporting ions from the plasma into the mass spectrometer itself – while reliably removing neutral particles and photons from the beam.
A double focusing sector field mass spectrometer with a Mattauch-Herzog design. An electrostatic analyzer and a permanent magnet are utilized to direct the ions onto a focal plane – without additional scanning of the ion beam.
An extremely powerful Direct Charge Detector with 4,800 channels is placed in the focal plane of the mass spectrometer recording simultaneously the entire mass spectrum from lithium to uranium with an average of 20 channels per isotope. Each of these channels is additionally divided into two separate detectors with different signal amplification. This enables the SPECTRO MS to achieve a dynamic working range that allows even extreme isotope ratios to be precisely determined.
With the innovative sleep-mode, the robust and user-friendly vacuum system features very low energy consumption.
The housing, software and excitation technology for the SPECTRO MS are closely related to those of the ICP-OES flagship, the SPECTRO ARCOS. A robust, free-running 27.12 MHz generator is used as the plasma generator in the new instrument; guaranteeing extremely stable power coupling in the plasma.

New Standards in the Research Laboratory 
The range of applications for the new SPECTRO MS is diverse. Bergsch: “We see many application areas especially for public and commercial research and development laboratories. The number of samples and the requirements for these institutions are extremely high. The SPECTRO MS can truly demonstrate its strengths here – precision, reproducibility, detection limits, sample throughput. We will quickly establish the SPECTRO MS as the standard system in this area.”

Revealing Isotope Ratios 
In addition to research laboratories, simultaneous mass spectrometry is attractive for many branches of industry: Environmental, chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories profit greatly from the instrument’s detection limits and sample throughput rates. Precious metal processors and refineries will appreciate the high precision of the instrument. New applications can be developed with the option to examine isotope ratios together with the ability to transfer the precision of the isotope ratio analysis to the quantitative determination of element contents using isotope dilution: In this way, geology laboratories can more accurately characterize samples.

Background: ICP-MS
For almost 30 years, mass spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-MS) has belonged to the established procedures for elemental analysis: The element contents are analyzed based on the different masses of the elements. The liquid sample is sprayed with a nebulizer into an ionized, 10,000 degree Celsius argon plasma. The plasma ionizes all of the elements contained in the sample. The ions are transferred into the ion optic by a vacuum interface, bundled into a beam and focused into the actual mass spectrometer. The mass spectrometer separates the ion beam according to the mass/charge ratio. The detector records the ions, enabling an analysis of the elemental contents. The unique combination of ion optic, mass spectrometer and detector makes it possible for the new SPECTRO MS – as the first ICP-MS instrument in the world – to separate and simultaneously detect the entire ion beam.

About SPECTRO:
SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. SPECTRO manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for strongly varying applications and provides exemplary customer service. SPECTRO’s products are exemplified by unique technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer.  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