Optical Emission Spectrometry Sees Dawn of a New Evolution

The Q6 Columbus marks a new breed in optical emission spectrometry for metal analysis. A compact, bench-top spectrometer that relies on an oil free vacuum technology, the Columbus combines exceptional analytical performance with low operating costs. This makes it not just a credible alternative to top end, high cost spectrometers that rely on charge coupled devices, but the machine of choice for industry users.

The Q6 Columbus owes it performance to extremely sensitive Channeltron photomultipliers. The photomultipliers are capable of detecting light even at very low wavelengths and multiply the current produced by incident light by 100 million times.

Over the long-term they are remarkably stable, giving rise to results that can be replicated again and again. Meanwhile, the full size spark stand and the oil free optical system are virtually maintenance free. While an ArgonStop© function closes the Argon valve when the system goes into standby, thereby dramatically reducing consumption.

Users of this bench-top spark spectrometer are impressed by its remarkable ease of use, especially for routine operations. The operator interface with the instrument is via a simple yet comprehensive software package (QMatrix) incorporating calibration software and SQL databases. The software is fully compatible with Windows XP Professional.

The spectrometer can be used for laboratory and onsite analysis of pure metals and alloys. Columbus has already helped customers in foundries and steel plants, roller mills, automotive suppliers and metal traders undertake elemental analysis, which is fundamental for both quality and process control. It has opened the market for in-house analytical capability to small and mid-sized companies.

Features of the Q6 Columbus vacuum spark spectroscopy system include:

  • Channel photomultiplier optics with a focal length of 400 mm and a wavelength range of 133 nm to 615 nm
  • A maximum of 32 analytical channels that means a range of samples can be analysed simultaneously
  • A digital spark source leading to greater timing flexibility, control and performance.
  • An advanced computer-controlled read out system that relies on Spark Accumulation Readout Technology
  • Industry standard Ethernet and TCP/IP  communication between the spectrometer and PC
  • 720 x 600 x 800 mm / 28 x 24 x 30 " (W x H x D)
  • Weight 330 lbs / 150 kg

Date added: 2012-05-03 13:55:28