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Power and modularity in production control: the ARL 9800 XP+

Archiv – Thermo Electron company Thermo ARL has launched the ARL 9800 XP+. Truly modular in design and integration, this state-of-the-art instrument can be configured to meet the most rigorous modern process and quality control standards while maintaining all-important flexibility, according to the manufacturer.Thermo Electron company Thermo ARL has launched the ARL 9800 XP+. Truly modular in design and integration, this state-of-the-art instrument can be configured to meet the most rigorous modern process and quality control standards while maintaining all-important flexibility, according to the manufacturer.
In order to meet the diverse analytical requirements of the iron, steel, aluminium, copper, cement, glass, refractory and mineral markets, the ARL 9800 XP+ integrates fixed channels, universal goniometer(s) and an X-ray diffraction (XRD) system within the same instrument, allowing elemental and phase analysis to be carried out simultaneously on the same sample. The device benefits from a higher-power 4.2 kW generator and associated X-ray tube providing increased sensitivity for all elements across the Periodic table.
Up to 32 elements can be determined simultaneously in a matter of seconds using the fixed channels. A new compact design, specific to each element, brings increased sensitivity and lower limits of detection for these exclusive monochromators, resulting in substantially shorter analysis times.
The universal F44 gear-less goniometer mirrors the system installed in Thermo ARL’s sequential WD XRF instruments. It offers full capability for analysis of non-routine elements, can back up any of the fixed channels, and provides semi-quantitative or ’standard-less’€™ analysis in conjunction with appropriate software packages (eg QuantASTM or UniQuant® ).
While XRF analysis produces elemental information about the sample, mineralogical information is available via the patented, integrated XRD system, which permits analysis of the phases or compounds in many materials, eg clinker, cement, iron, ores, aluminium electrolytic bath material, slags, sinters, titanium ores, minerals, etc. Closely coupled diffraction optics produce very high sensitivity that opens up opportunities for new XRD applications and ensures highly stable analysis under vacuum.
The modularity, reliability and speed of analysis of ARL 9800 XP series instruments lead to ease of operation, maximum availability and fast pay-back in the process control environment.

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