Thermo Launches the World’s Smallest ICP

CAMBRIDGE, UK – Thermo Electron Corporation announces the launch of its new iCAP 6000 Series, featuring the most compact ICP emission spectrometers available on the market, the iCAP 6300 and the iCAP 6500. Thermo’s expertise within the ICP market has resulted in advanced, high efficiency optical design for these new instruments. The iCAP provides excellent resolution, stability and sensitivity and excellent detection limits which enable enhanced productivity, greater ease of operation and reduced cost of ownership. These novel instruments are specifically suited to the needs of general and elemental analysis laboratories in the environmental, petrochemical, metal, food and beverage, geo-chemical and cement industries.

Thermo’s new iCAP 6000 Series is equipped with a high power, solid state RF generator capable of handling all sample types. A distributed purge system offers reduced gas consumption and improved performance for elements such as arsenic (As), antimony (Sb), selenium (Se) and tellurium (Te). Fully automated wavelength calibration and offset correction ensure excellent long-term stability. The ergonomic design of a large 270o door allows unrestricted access to a large sample compartment and peristaltic pump, while the inner enclosure has a large viewing window for convenient observation of the plasma.

A core part of any ICP spectrometer is the detector, and the iCAP 6000 series’ unique RACID86 fourth generation Charge Injection Device (CID) detector offers several unique benefits. Able to perform non-destructive readout, this detector allows high intensity signals to be read very rapidly while lower intensity signals are accumulated over a longer time, ensuring optimum signal to noise and resistance to saturation. The RACID86 detector allows selective Region Of Interest (ROI) and true random access pixel address, which greatly shortens analysis times and improves sample throughput.

The iCAP 6300 offers fast, reliable and simplified performance for routine analysis and is available with either a dedicated Radial or Duo plasma source. The Radial view achieves optimum performance and minimum interference for difficult samples such as metals or used oils. Alternatively, the Duo offers the flexibility of axial view for lowest detection limits and Radial view for reduced interference, ideal for environmental samples.

The iCAP 6500 provides ultimate flexibility and productivity, and is operated via powerful software with automated set-up and automatic optimization. This system includes an intelligent operation mode which groups functions together minimizing overhead time and ensuring a typical time saving of 15% for an analysis where both axial and radial measurements are being made.

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