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A2 Technologies has announced the availability of its Flexscan portable FTIR system.

Flexscan is a mid-infrared (IR) spectrometer that fits in the palm of the hand.

The company is now offering two handheld FTIR systems: Flexscan, for dedicated field analyses, and Exoscan, for laboratory and field use.

Flexscan is suitable for dedicated applications that require the use of FTIR spectroscopy in out-of-laboratory settings.

The spectrometer’s handheld optics weigh approximately 3lb (1kg); the system’s light weight and compact size make it suitable for applications that require repetitive analyses on large surfaces or in locations that are physically restricted.

Flexscan is offered with a variety of sampling interfaces, including diffuse, grazing angle, ATR and specular reflectance.

A range of materials can be analysed, including polished or roughened metals, polymers, composites, plastics and most other solids.

Flexscan is suitable for scientists and engineers involved in applications including the analysis of composites and metals used in aircraft and marine vessels, the analysis of minerals or soils, surface coating analysis, the analysis of contamination, the corrosion or oxidation of surfaces and research or troubleshooting applications.

The system consists of two parts: an optics module that contains the source, interferometer and detector, all optimally coupled with sampling optics; and a power module that contains the battery and electronics.

The latter module is available either belt mounted or held by a shoulder strap.

A patented modulator has a short internal path length while retaining a large optical aperture.

A benefit of this design is that the spectrometer is rugged, making it suitable for out-of-laboratory use.

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