New Portable XRF Spectrometer

As a provider of solutions regarding materials characterization, Malvern Panalytical has launched a new generation of Epsilon 1 X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers.

“This compact yet powerful instrument is a mainstay across industry, enabling fast and reproducible elemental analysis – but now with greater flexibility and precision than ever before,” the company describes its new product. As reported, the comprehensive upgrade has focused on harnessing all the power and sensitivity of a larger benchtop XRF instrument in a compact system – the Epsilon 1 has a footprint of only 0.15 m2.

Epsilon 1 is suited for the characterization and analysis of any type of sample in many industry segments such as cement, cosmetics, environmental, food, forensics, metals and coatings, mining and minerals, nanomaterials, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymers and RoHS-2. Its “precision has been enabled by the integration of a high-power X-ray tube and a new detector, which together deliver a threefold improvement in sensitivity, along with rapid measurement capabilities,” the manufacturer emphasizes. “Trace metals in pharmaceuticals, foods, soils and metal ores can now be quantified more quickly and accurately than ever before in an instrument of this size. The system’s robust design prevents damage to its analytical heart by dust or oil, and ease of operation has also been improved with the addition of a brighter touchscreen.”

For out-of-the-box simplicity and functionality without costly and tedious setup procedures, Epsilon 1 is available in a number of pre-calibrated versions which are dedicated to specific applications. The Epsilon 1 Lube Oil delivers ASTM 6481-compliant elemental analysis of unused lubricating oils; the Epsilon 1 Sulfur in Fuels quickly quantifies sulfur content in fuels according to ASTM D4294-10 and ISO 20847; the Epsilon 1 Academia enables rapid characterization of unidentified samples, using Omnian software for standard-less analysis; and the integrated camera in the Epsilon 1 for Small Spot Analysis simplifies the investigation of very small objects, inclusions or inhomogeneities.

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(GR 22019, Page 42)