March 1, 2013


Miniature CCD spectrometer

The VS7000-CCD-HS (high speed) miniature CCD spectrometer from Horiba Scientific is designed for industrial low-light applications such as fluorescence, emission, absorbance, and reflectance. According to the company, the instrument is an ultracompact fixed grating spectrograph with back-thinned CCD running at a 2 MHz pixel rate. Horiba Scientific, Edison, NJ;

Plasma atomic emission spectrometer

The 4100 MP-AES system from Agilent is designed as an elemental analysis instrument that runs entirely on air. According to the company, the spectrometer uses a nitrogen-based plasma and does not require other gases. Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA;

Raman spectrometer

B&W Tek's i-Raman Plus portable Raman spectrometer is designed with a high-efficiency back-thinned CCD detector with deep TE cooling and high dynamic range. According to the company, the spectrometer provides an improved signal-to-noise ratio for up to 30 min of integration time, allowing for measurement of weak Raman signals. B&W Tek, Newark, DE;

Mercury analyzer

The RA-4500 mercury analyzer from Nippon Instruments is designed to fully automate the sample digestion and analysis for mercury in wasterwaters, drinking water, and other aqueous samples. According to the company, features include NIST-traceable temperature logging, a color sensor for potassium permanganate verification, and a built-in exhaust system. Nippon Instruments North America, College Station, TX;

Raman spectrometer system for process control

A Raman spectrometer system for process control from tec5USA is based on the company's MultiSpec spectrometer system. According to the company, the system includes a laser light source, a high-resolution spectrometer, and a fiber-optic Raman probe. tec5USA, Plainview, NY;

Miniature spectrometer

The AvaSpec-Mini spectrometer from Avantes is designed to fit most OEM applications. According to the company, the spectrometer has a volume of 122 cm3, provides a resolution up to 0.2 nm, has a USB 2.0 interface, and includes four configurable I/O ports. Avantes, Bloomfield, CO;


FTRX's PLX interferometer is designed with a monolithic optical structure, allowing integration of complex optical elements into one structure for permanent alignment, stability, and accuracy. According to the company, the spectrometer is suitable for incorporation into industrial FT–IR analyzers. FTRX, LLC, Deer Park, NY;

High-throughput spectrometers

Ventana high-throughput modular spectrometers from Ocean Optics are designed with a high-efficiency volume phase holographic grating. According to the company, preconfigured spectrometers for 532-nm and 785-nm excitation wavelength Raman and general-purpose visible to near-IR fluorescence applications are available. Ocean Optics, Dunedin, FL;

ICP–MS system

The NexION 300 ICP-MS system from PerkinElmer is designed with three cones (sampler, skimmer, and hyper-skimmer) for stability. According to the company, the instrument has three quadrupoles and three modes of operation (standard, collision, and reaction). PerkinElmer, Waltham, MA;

Benchtop jaw crushers

Benchtop jaw crushers from Retsch are designed to process smaller sample volumes in a laboratory setting. According to the company, the dust-tight instrument reduces samples with a feed size of up to 40 mm in one single operation to a final fineness of up to 0.5 mm. Retsch, Newtown, PA;

UV–vis spectrophotometers

Shimadzu's compact UV-2600 and UV-2700 UV–vis spectrophotometers are designed to reduce stray light during routine analysis and demanding research applications. According to the company, the latter instrument achieves stray light of 0.00005 %T at 220 nm, and its photometric performance range has been expanded to 8 Abs, with a transmittance value of 0.000001%. The former instrument reportedly features a measurement wavelength range to 1400 nm. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD;

Laboratory-based LIBS analyzers

ChemScan laboratory-based analyzers from TSI are designed to use laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy to provide identification of materials and chemical composition of solids. According to the company, the analyzers are equipped with the company's ChemLytics software. TSI Incorporated, St. Paul, MN;

Hollow waveguide probes

Two ATR diamond probes from PIKE Technologies are designed with a two-reflection monolithic diamond. According to the company, the hollow waveguide probes have shaft diameters of 6.35 mm and length of 178 mm and are suitable for a variety of reaction vessels. PIKE Technologies, Madison, WI;

EDXRF spectrometers

Rigaku's NEX QC EDXRF spectrometers are designed to provide routine elemental measurements across a diverse range of matrices, including liquids of any viscosity, solids, thin films, alloys, slurries, powders, and pastes. According to the company, the spectrometers are designed for heavy industrial use, either on the plant floor or in remote field environments. Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc., Austin, TX;

USP<232> and USP <233> elemental impurities standards

SPEX CertiPrep's USP <232> (Limits) and USP <233> (Procedures) parts are designed to be used "as is" as a calibration or check standard to verify oral daily dose PDE or to be diluted as needed for parenteral component limit or parenteral daily dose. According to the company, standards that are required for ICH/Global compliance are also available. SPEX CertiPrep, Metuchen, NJ;

UHPLC injectors

VICI Valco's Cheminert C72 ultrahigh-pressure UHPLC injectors are designed with a stator coating that permits pressures up to 15,000 or 20,000 psi. According to the company, all models are compatible with any of the company's actuation options such as the Cheminert C2 series HPLC injectors. Valco Instruments Co., Inc., Houston, TX;

Digital multichannel analyzer

Amptek's MCA8000D compact digital multichannel analyzer is designed to digitize an input signal to measure the pulse height and obtain the pulse height spectrum. Free display and acquisition software and a free software development kit are included. Amptek Inc., Bedford, MA;

Mercury analyzers

The Hydra II mercury analyzers from Teledyne Leeman Labs are designed to provide configuration flexibility. According to the company, the analyzers can be configured to conduct the analysis of liquids by sample digestion followed by cold vapor atomic absorption or cold vapor atomic fluorescence, and the direct analysis of solid or semisolid sample matrices through thermal decomposition followed by cold vapor atomic absorption. Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hudson, NH;

Chemical imaging system

The SIGNIS 2 chemical imaging system from Bruker Optics is designed to automatically identify airborne chemical compounds at distances up to 10 km. According to the company, the system's measurement head has automated 360° rotation. The system reportedly also can measure and record real time video images. Bruker Optics, Billerica, MA;

Raman analyzers

The ProRaman-L series Raman spectrometers from Enwave Optronics are designed to provide measurement capability down to low parts-per-million levels. According to the company, the instruments are suitable for process analytical method developments and other measurements requiring high sensitivity and high speed analysis. Enwave Optronics, Inc., Irvine, CA;

Voltage converter

EMCO's ultraminiature DC to HV DC converter is designed as a surface mount device that occupies <0.10 in.3 of space and has a profile of 0.128 in. above the host circuit board. According to the company, output voltages range from 100 V to 6 kV. EMCO High Voltage Corp., Sutter Creek, CA;

X-ray windows

DuraBeryllium X-ray windows from Moxtek are designed to be resistant to many solvents, acids, and bases. The company's DuraBeryllium Plus film reportedly provides maximum corrosion resistance. According to the company, the product is a low-Z material that when applied to beryllium creates a hermetic, corrosion-resistant window that is used for ultrahigh-vacuum applications. Moxtek, Orem, UT;

Fluorescence lifetime systems

Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) fluorescence lifetime systems from Horiba Scientific are designed for sensitivity and speed. The DeltaPro system is a filter-based system that uses interchangeable pulsed laser-diode and LED light sources. The DeltaFlex system is a modular system that integrates excitation and emission monochromators, an array of sources, and detectors and is designed to measure luminescence lifetimes ranging over 11 orders of magnitude. Horiba Scientific, Edison NJ;

Raman microscopy reaction chamber

Harrick's Flat-Top high-temperature reaction chamber for Raman microspectroscopy is designed with a single horizontal window and a low profile for compatibility with Raman instrumentation. According to the company, the chamber allows environments with temperatures up to 910 °C, with pressures ranging from 10-6 to 2200 Torr. Harrick Scientific Products, Pleasantville, NY;

Spark atomic emission spectrometer

The OBLF GS 1000-II spark atomic emission spectrometer from PANalytical includes a spark stand design that incorporates two counter electrodes. The design reportedly reduces total analysis time versus single-electrode spectrometers. According to the company, the instrument is capable of performing a two-measurement analysis of ferrous samples in 25 s. Samples requiring only standard carbon analysis and no nitrogen reportedly have an analysis time of 15 s. PANalytical, Westborough, MA;

Raman microscope

Renishaw's inVia Raman microscope is designed with a 3D imaging capability that allows users to collect and display Raman data from within transparent materials. According to the company, the instrument's StreamLineHR feature collects data from a series of planes within materials, processes it, and displays it as 3D volume images representing quantities such as band intensity. Renishaw, Hoffman Estates, IL;

Raman spectrometers

Raman spectrometers from StellarNet are configured for applications to identify a variety of liquid, solid, or powder samples. According to the company, its Raman-SR and Raman-HR spectrometers achieve 8 cm-1 and 4 cm-1 resolution, respectively, using CCD detector arrays. The spectrometers reportedly have no moving parts. StellarNet Inc., Tampa, FL;

FT–IR spectrometer

The Nicolet iS50 FT-IR spectrometer from Thermo Scientific is designed as a research-grade system with one-touch operation. According to the company, the system can be upgraded to an automated multispectral range system that can acquire spectra from wavelengths ranging from far infrared to visible. Thermo Fisher Scientific, San Jose, CA;