SPECTRO Reaches Milestone with Shipment of 40,000th Instrument

September 15, 2015

Kleve, Germany — September 15, 2015 — SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading manufacturer of advanced instruments for elemental analysis, has announced a major milestone — the shipment of its 40,000th spectrometer.

The “milestone instrument,” a SPECTRO ARCOS state-of-the-art optical emission spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES), was delivered to SGS Germany GmbH. The SGS-Group is a worldwide leader in the fields of testing, verification and certification. With over 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 1,650 subsidiaries and laboratories around the world.

SGS is a long-time SPECTRO customer with dozens of SPECTRO instruments in operation worldwide performing various applications in elemental analysis. The milestone ARCOS spectrometer was delivered to SGS’s operations in Speyer, Germany.

“In our laboratories, we examine many samples for our customers every day. The Speyer location specializes in testing fuels and operational liquids, such as diesel, gasoline, natural gas, lubricants, cooling fluids and fuel additives,” explained Markus Wenzel, deputy laboratory manager at SGS in Speyer. “Because this market is constantly changing and setting new requirements, we decided to procure an additional analytical instrument — one that would fit our high standards for the respective applications and special needs for elemental analysis. The ARCOS, with its high sensitivity, enormous precision, and low detection limits, was especially convincing. In addition, the plasma generator offers large energy reserves so that even extreme plasma loads with changing sample types presents no problems.

“The decision to select SPECTRO was an easy one, as we’ve had many years of good experience with SPECTRO instruments. We’re also extremely satisfied with the quality of service,” Wenzel noted.

SPECTRO Managing Director Manfred Bergsch expressed his “warm thanks” to SGS for their “many years of trust.”

“In 1998, SPECTRO shipped its 10,000th instrument — 19 years after the founding of our company. In the following 17 years, we delivered another 30,000 spectrometers. Our track record demonstrates SPECTRO’s unique success story as well as our strength, innovative capability and customer orientation.

“I am firmly convinced that we’ll continue this impressive pace in the coming years. Moreover, in accordance with our team motto, ‘get in the game,’ we’re already targeting the 50,000 mark,” Bergsch added.

SPECTRO ARCOS: Productivity and Performance
The SPECTRO ARCOS analyzer represents a pinnacle of productivity and performance for ICP-OES spectrometers. Its robust and durable semiconductor generator is considered to be one of the strongest on the market. Together with the instrument’s outstanding optics, analytical tasks previously thought to be impossible can be resolved at the highest plasma load. Even highly volatile organic samples, like gasoline, are analyzable at room temperature without cooling. Moreover, the ARCOS operates without the need of an expensive and high-maintenance external cooling system — and instead features an innovative, patented air cooling. As a result, the ARCOS excels in industrial and academic applications for the most advanced elemental analysis of metals, chemicals, petrochemicals, and other materials.