Additional information from the Mid-IR (FT-IR) section of the Pittcon Review article.
Manufacturer: Anasys Instruments
Product name: nanoIR
Infrared Spectrometer / AFM
New this year: New IR source with a larger laser tuning range
Used for: Lab analysis
Measurement Mode: Quantum Cascade laser using Transmission
Special features: laser tuning range of 900-2000 cm-1 and 2235-3600 cm-1 , the new QCL laser has a smaller line width of a Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL).
Suggested applications: Polymers including multilayers, blends, and thin films, biorenewable polymers, single particle analysis, pharmaceuticals, organic photovoltaics, life sciences, bio materials.
Primary benefits: Allows nanoscale analysis of materials using Infrared spectroscopy, increased coverage of the mid IR, chemically analyze thinner samples using the AFM cantilever, sample thickness down to 10 nm.
Unique features: High spatial resolution IR spectroscopy, simultaneous mechanical and chemical analysis, optional polarization control allowing molecular orientation studies.
Manufacturer: Block Engineering LLC
Product name: LaserTune
QCL tunable Mid-IR Source
New this year: Widest tuning range of any commercially off the shelf Mid-IR source, over 5-14 microns tuning range and <1 wavenumber accuracy, small footprint, fully integrated enclosure.
Used for: Lab QCL source, AFM and IR Spectroscopy integration, OEM integration
Portable, dimensions: 4 × 4 × 3 inch
Measurement Mode: Diffuse Reflection
Special Features: Widest tunable, Mid-IR source overf 5-14 microns wavelength range, small footprint, fully integrated QCL source, requires no external controllers or power supply to operate
Available as separate product, May be used in other equipment, Compatible with other manufacturers' equipment
Suggested applications: Integration into OEM systems, AFM and IR Microscope applications, Laboratory research
Primary benefits: Requires no external controllers or power supplies
Manufacturer: Blue Industry and Science
Product name: Blue X-FLR8
Gas Monitoring Mid Infrared spectroscopy gas analyzer
New this year: Brand-new instrument
Used for: Lab, Process, Hand-held/portable applications
Dimensions: 420 × 310 × 175 mm
Measurement Mode: Photo Acoustic Spectrometry in a gas sample.
Special Features: Portable, battery powered multi-purpose gas analyzer for real-time measurements of trace gases.
Software: BlueSoftGas proprietary program package for control, analysis and display
Available as separate product, may be used in other equipment, compatible with other manufacturers' equipment
Suggested applications: leak detection, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental, Petrochemical, Gas generation, Rare/exotic gases monitoring, Exhaled Breath analysis, Forensics.
Primary benefits: real-time analysis by giving access of more gases, no sample preparation needed, very limited calibration, no consumables, easy portability.
Unique features: 300 gases quantifiable in real-time below 100 ppb, Partial list: hydrocarbons, amines, carbonyl compounds, alcohols, halogenated compounds, esters, chlorides, thiols, Can be tailored to your own needs.
Manufacturer: Bruker Corporation
Product name: LUMOS
FTIR Spectrometer/ Microscope
Used for: Lab, Process analysis
Measurement Mode: Motorized ATR Crystal and IR measurements
Special Features: Stand-alone FT-IR microscope with full automation,10 year warranty on laser & interferometer, 5 year warranty on IR source
May be used in other equipment
Suggested applications: Material Science, Forensics, Mineralogy, Failure Analysis, Content Uniformity, Sample Homogeneity and Quality Control
Unique features: Designed to combine best performance for visible inspection and infrared spectral analysis with highest ease and comfort
Product name: LSP-T Series
FT-IR: Diamond ATR Analyzers
New this year: Hardware and software integrated sample temperature control
Used for Lab & Process analysis
Measurement Mode: ATR
Special Features: Analyzer with built-in diamond ATR sampling element, integrated chemometric software and temperature control
Software: Standard FTIR software plus integrated chemometric and temperature control software
Suggested applications: Composition verification, multicomponent analysis of samples in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical, and related industries.
Primary benefits: Easy, nondestructive way to quickly determine the chemical composition of liquids, emulsions, gels, pastes, and slurries under controlled temperatures.
Unique features: Compact, robust, easy to use multi-reflection diamond ATR FT-IR analyzers with integrated temperature control and custom PLS chemometrics. Only microliters of sample are required for analysis.
Manufacturer: Newport Corporation, Oriel Product Line
Product name: MIR 8035 FT-IR Spectrometer
New this year: New MIR8035 FT-IR Spectrometer
Used for: Lab, process
Accessory/component: Oriel's MIR 8035 supports most manufacturer's FTIR accessories. The software allows the import of libraries and supports most file formats.
Special features: modularity. Is suited for researchers who need to change detectors, sources, and beam splitters. Resolution of 0.5 cm1 is possible. Improved S/N compared to previous model.Also has a new commercially available software application – Essential FTIR.
Measurement Mode: Transmission, reflection, ATR
Software: Essential FTIR
Suggested applications: All common FTIR applications
Primary benefits and unique feature: The instrument's modularity. The detector, source and sample compartment are all modular components, and can be switched as application requirements change.
Manufacturer: PAIR Technologies
Product name: PAIR Series 100
Mid Infrared Rapid Scan Spectrometer
New this year: Acquisition of spectra in the finger print region at >1000 scans per second.
Used for: Lab, process
Compatible with other manufacturers' equipment.
Suggested applications: Reaction monitoring, kinetics, process monitoring, process control and quality, combustion process monitoring
Primary benefits: No nitrogen purge required, Can obtain data that is missed with an FT-IR, Potential to save significant amount of lab time, rugged: reduced sensitivity to vibration and environmental changes than FT-IR, Simultaneous dual channels
Unique features Scans rates in excess of 1000 scans/second, True dual beam system.
Manufacturer: Precisive, LLC
Product name: PRECISIVE 5
Process & pipeline analyzer
New this year: Unique all-optical, real-time, on-line hydrocarbon composition monitoring platform.
Used for: Process analysis
Measurement Mode: Infrared Absorption
Special Features: Multi-component trace hydrocarbon/VOC analyzer, (certified for hazardous-areas with NEMA4X, CSA Class1Div2, ATEX Zone 2, IECEx, and CE compliance) MTFS platform (multiplexed tunable filter spectrometer), real-time measurements with equivalent accuracy and repeatability of a GC, permanent calibration, completely unattended remote operation, lower cost of installation, operation and maintenance comparable to GC and FTIR instruments. See
Software: Modbus register map provided, and UI can also be provided at no cost.
May be used in other equipment, compatible with other manufacturers' equipment
Suggested applications: natural gas, LNG, LPG, BOG, biogas and flare monitoring, wherever fast-response hydrocarbon composition analysis is required, metering and custody transfer (BTU, Wobbe, calorific value), hydrocarbon processing and petrochemical applications, combustion and emission monitoring
Primary benefits: 1 second response for up to 10 components hydrocarbon composition, excellent stability and linearity, a compelling cost/benefit alternative to G.C.
Unique features: No concerns over the supply of helium.
Manufacturer: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Product name: Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS 50
New this year: One-touch operation allows switching between multiple experiments, Multiple sampling stations on one instrument, Sample compartment FT-Raman accessory, Built-in, mid/far-IR diamond ATR module, Automated beamsplitter exchanger, Triple detector housing allows, Near-IR module with integrating sphere and fiber optics, Mercury TGA software for one-click analysis of full TGA-IR runs, Mercury GC software for one-click analysis of GC-IR runs
Used for: Lab, process analysis
Measurement Mode: ATR, Transmission, Reflection, Raman, NIR, GC-IR, TGA-IR
Specialty accessory description: The modules for the Nicolet iS50 FT-IR are field upgradeable. Move from a basic FT-IR bench unit to a full workstation with beamsplitter automation, diamond ATR, Raman
Features: Research-grade FT-IR spectrometer, diamond ATR, Raman, and NIR modules, spectra from the far-infrared to the visible range, seals for optimal purging or seal/desiccated operation, OMNIC Software plus MacrosBasic, "hands-off" operation, Efficient vibration isolation, No top panel air vents, Externally mounted laser permits maintenance
Software: Available as separate product, 21CFR11 compliant, cGMP compliant, May be used in other equipment, Compatible with other manufacturers' equipment
Suggested applications: Material identification, characterization, and quantitation for Forensics, Pharmaceuticals, Paints, Inks, Dyes, Inorganic analysis via far-IR ATR, Color analysis, Polymers, General Analytical Laboratories, Art Conservation, Oil and Gas, Solvents, Silicon Wafer research
Primary benefits: Simplified operation including automation for unattended operation, Multi-spectral range analysis, Software developed to enable unskilled users to get results, Mercury TGA for deformulation, Mercury GC for analysis of separations, Automatic analysis and report building after data collection. Automatic storage of results for recall, Full integration of hardware and software
Unique features: multiple techniques on one instrument, FT-Raman with x-y-z stage, Single point, mapping or arrays, built-in diamond ATR, mid and far infrared data collection in one sample station, automatic beamsplitter changer, mercury GC and mercury TA analytical software for one-click analysis 55,000:1 signal-to-noise ratios with no adjustments
Manufacturer: Wilks Enterprise, Inc.
Product name: InfraCal 2
Filter-based infrared analyzer
New this year: The new InfraCal 2 Analyzers combine improved electronics with a touch screen intuitive display that includes many new features.
Used for: Lab, process, handheld analysis
Portable, dimensions: 6.7" (17 cm) × 7.8" (19.8 cm) × 5.2" ( 13.2 cm ), 5.8 lbs. (2.6 kg)
Measurement Mode: Transmission, ATR
Special Features: portability with optional internal battery pack, touch screen display, multiple calibrations, ability to measure 2 analytical and 1 reference or 1 analytical and 2 reference wavelengths, internal data logging, alarm functions, password protection, data transfer capabilities, internal data logging, alarm functions, password protection, data transfer capabilities, and internal battery pack, no moving parts. On-site measurements using the InfraCal 2 Analyzer typically take from one to 10 minutes Available as separate product.
Suggested applications: Sub-ppm detection of oil in water, cleaning of metal parts, barrier layer thickness in flexible films, textile and fiber finishes, quality control testing, virtually any IR quantitative measurement that needs to be done easily, routinely, economically – on site or in the lab
Primary benefits: Can be used by a non-spectroscopist for routine measurements, freeing up the lab technicians as well as lab equipment. Quick turn-around—measurements in under a minute. Analysis can be moved to production area, loading dock or remote site.
Unique features: No moving parts makes it rugged and portable