Company Announcements

Rigaku announced in June the 10-year anniversary of its collaboration with Poland’s AGH University of Science and Technology for product development, including the development of integrated circuits. In July, Shimadzu announced the development of a LIBS-based system for measuring trace quantities of metals in semiconductor wash solutions. The system is scheduled for release in 2020. It is anticipated that the technology can be used in other fields as well.  

Product Introductions

In May, Bruker released the new TRACER 5g handheld XRF elemental analyzer. It features improved light-element sensitivity, enabling new applications for handheld XRF in the fields of geology, agriculture and materials science. In June, Bruker debuted the S6 JAGUAR benchtop WD-XRF spectrometer, featuring a compact WDXRF goniometer, closely coupled X-ray optics and 400 W excitation power for higher performance in a more compact footprint. In June, PerkinElmer launched Syngistix for AA Express software, the latest addition to the Syngistix Atomic Spectroscopy Software platform and the newest instrument control software option for the PinAAcle 900 H flame/furnace AA spectrometer. Syngistix for AA Express features a streamlined, three-step workflow. Teledyne CETAC Technologies introduced in June the Oils 7400 Homogenizing Autosampler. Built on the Teledyne CETAC ASX­7000 automation platform, it is designed for sample introduction of oils, wear oils and coolants for ICP­-OES. New features include a dual-rinse design and faster X-Y-Z movement. In July, Teledyne CETAC Technologies introduced the HDIP Software for its laser ablation systems, designed to simplify the processing of the huge data files generated by elemental imaging applications. Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science released in July the ExTOPE Connect data management and storage service for its Vulcan and X-MET handheld XRF systems and LAB-X500 benchtop industrial analyzers. Users can gain real-time access to results and instrument management from any computer; results can be uploaded into the cloud. In July, Spectro Scientific unveiled an updated and improved version of its SpectrOil M Elemental Analyzer, calling it the only oil elemental analyzer approved by the US Department of Defense Joint Oil Analysis Program (JOAP). The new system features a redesign of the Analyzer’s mechanical and electrical systems, and increased ruggedness. SPECTRO Analytical Instruments introduced in July a new version of its SPECTRO GENESIS ICP-­OES. The system’s new laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor generator delivers up to 1,700 W of power.  

 Sales and Orders of Note

In July, distributor AXT announced the installation of a Rigaku Oxford Diffraction XtaLAB Synergy-­S XRD system at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Dalton Pharma Services announced in July the installation of an Agilent Technologies 7800 ICP-MS quadrupole analyzer in order to expand its elemental analysis capabilities and comply with the updated ICH Q3D elemental impurities regulatory guidelines for drug products.

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