IR spectroscopy crosses new frontiers

Perkin Elmer has launched a new family of infrared spectrometry instruments that go where no spectrometers have gone before

The Frontier has a wide range of accessories making it ready for any challenge

Perkin Elmer, a global leader in spectroscopic analysis, has launched two powerful high-speed infrared spectrometers.

Part of a new platform of FT-IR spectrometers, Spectrum Two is designed specifically to work straight out of the box and to perform rapid analytical measurements and is suited to a wide range of materials and markets. Easy to use and compact, Spectrum Two is said to be ideal for unknown substance identification, material qualification or concentration determination.

Powerful, compact and robust, it can be used either in a laboratory environment or easily transported to remove testing locations. Multiple power options allow Spectrum Two to be used with or without external mains power; for example, it will run for five hours off a small battery pack and will also operate from a 12v power supply. Wireless connectivity also facilitates its use in remote locations.

The instrument's low-maintenance design breaks new ground in operational simplicity and is intended for use by ‘anyone, anywhere, anytime’ - bringing the benefits of accurate and reliable high-speed FT-IR analysis to non-expert users, even in non-laboratory environments, according to Perkin Elmer.

A low power requirement means the Spectrum Two can be operated in the back of a car

Dedicated systems utilising Spectrum Touch next-generation user interface have also been developed to meet the needs of application-specific quality control analysis. Incorporating user-friendly touchscreen technology, Spectrum Touch allows results to be obtained faster than ever before by even the most inexperienced user, simplifying analysis operations considerably. The instrument's innovative software and patented features ensure consistency and repeatability, and a unique humidity shield protects against environmental effects.

The instrument has also been designed with sustainability in mind, through reduction of the overall carbon footprint of manufacture, packaging and transportation. These are the first PerkinElmer instruments where reducing the impact on the environment was integral to the design process, by creating the smallest and lightest PerkinElmer infrared instruments ever made and selecting materials from recyclable sources. This design philosophy will also help customers reduce their own carbon footprint and operating costs by minimizing the instruments’ power consumption.

The second instrument launched as part of the new family is the Frontier high performance infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer.

The Frontier analytical platform meets diverse FT-IR challenges ranging from everyday measurements to the most advanced, complex analyses. The instrument combines best-in-class sensitivity with flexibility for many diverse sectors, says Perkin Elmer, ensuring superior performance in demanding applications, helping to advance safe drug development, understand complex chemical and material properties, and meet the challenging requirements of research and academia.

Frontier can be expanded as research goals develop. Its optical flexibility enables the addition of a vast array of specialised accessories to meet a wide range of sampling challenges – whether checking for batch conformity or micro contamination. A modular and upgradeable platform combined with exceptional signal-to-noise ratio assures optimal spectral performance for near-, mid- and far- infrared spectroscopic analysis. The unique automated range changing capability allows multiple techniques to be utilized at the touch of a button, with the flexible optical system also permitting the addition of microscopy and imaging systems for detailed materials analysis.

Atmospheric Vapor Compensation (AVC) features an advanced digital filtering algorithm designed to eliminate CO2 and H2O interferences for accurate FT-IR results. The fifth generation Dynascan fixed mirror-pair interferometer requires no dynamic alignment to compensate for errors in linear mirror movement, while PerkinElmer’s AVI Standardization calibrates spectrometer wavelength scales to a higher accuracy than achieved with conventional calibration methods.

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