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Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced the ARL Performx X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer for advanced materials characterisation at Pittcon 2011.

The ARL Performx integrates bulk elemental analysis capabilities with mapping and small spot analysis to create a solution that offers versatility and performance for the analysis of any solid or liquid sample.

It is a precise system offering users a choice of analysed area size from 35mm to 0.5mm.

As well as measuring the standard chemical composition of samples, the system facilitates elemental small spot analysis enabling analysts to pinpoint focus on specimen sections as small as 0.5mm, improving the versatility of analyses.

The instrument’s advanced X-ray mapping and sample visualisation capabilities also enable users to identify and characterise inhomogeneities, such as elemental inclusions, defects and gradients in samples previously unidentifiable.

The ARL Performx has the capacity to handle samples of many sizes and types, including solids, liquids, powders and thin films.

Designed for analytical laboratories in areas such as geochemistry, chemical, petrochemical, materials science, contract laboratories and process control, the system’s claimed speed, reliability and flexibility make it suitable for solving composition problems in industrial process and quality applications.

With dual sample loading, the ARL Performx is able to process more than 60 samples per hour in a typical multi-element analysis case, offering rapid and precise analysis of up to 84 elements.

The system also provides high standards of safety with a sample recognition capability that ensures easy and safe loading of solids and liquids.

In addition, the instrument offers long-term stability and repeatability of results.

The ARL Performx comes as standard with the latest version of the Thermo Scientific Oxsas software, which is said to improve productivity through its rapid and accurate reporting features.

Users are also said to benefit from a synoptic panel that mimics real-time operation and internal functioning of the instrument on a separate display screen enabling users to visually monitor the status of their analyses.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Elemental Analysis)

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