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Thermo Fisher Scientific has added the ARL SMS-2500 to its range of automated optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometers.

Process control laboratories are often required to balance high productivity and throughput with stringent quality control regulations.

The ARL SMS-2500 provides an integrated, workflow-oriented approach that enables users to easily switch from sample to chemical analysis while ensuring good analytical performance.

The ARL SMS-2500 is specially designed for high-speed production control laboratories in the iron and steel industry and provides increased sample turnaround through a tighter integration of sample preparation with the use of a larger, stronger and faster robot.

The Thermo Scientific SMS software drives a medium-sized industrial robot from Fanuc.

The high-speed robot stands on a compact chassis linked to the ARL metals analyser or XRF spectrometer, which simplifies installation because no specific laboratory fittings are required.

The ARL SMS-2500 requires minimum floor space for the complete system; short distances between the various components ensure fast operation without compromising accessibility for service and maintenance.

With direct robot access to the milling machine for the preparation of samples and standards, processing time is reduced and electromechanical sample-transfer systems are eliminated.

In addition, a choice of different milling machines allows customers to select the best solution depending on their requirements, such as the Haas Mini Mill with ARL Prepcontrol.

The ARL SMS-2500 uses reliable components to ensure increased system uptime, including vision system, sample labelling, radioactivity measurement and fixed magazine for standards.

The Fanuc robot has an arm length of 902mm with a gripper and six moving axes.

It is designed to handle heavy loads of up to 5kg in industrial environments with high precision.

All system components operate simultaneously for optimal efficiency, while sample priority management, temporary sample storage and rapid transfer between system components allows for short sample turnaround times.

Complex procedures such as instrument control and standardisation are scheduled and executed systematically.

For fast process control laboratories, the ARL SMS-2500 is said to bridge the gap between high productivity, short response time and strict quality control standards.

The automated Thermo Scientific metals analyser and XRF spectrometer with ARL SMS-2500 have been designed for use in centralised laboratories as well as on production shop floors.

The Thermo Scientific ARL Quantoshelter can be used for housing the automated spectrometer including the sample preparation machine, when suitable production premises are not available.

Interfacing automated air tubes is simplified and samples can be received directly by the ARL SMS-2500 robot, avoiding complex interfaces at the sample preparation level.

The ARL SMS-2500 completes the range of robotics-based automation solutions consisting of the entry level ARL SMS-2000 single spectrometer automation system, the ARL SMS-3500 for the automation of twin metals analyser and XRF spectrometers with up to two sample preparation machines.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Elemental Analysis)

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