X-ray fluorescence spectrometer integrates standalone lab instruments

1st April 2013

As an alternative to single spectrometer automation, the new Thermo Scientific ARL SMS-3500 integrates multiple standalone laboratory instruments, including sample preparation, in a fully automated cell to optimise the entire analytical workflow and enhance process control efficiencies in the mining and metals industries.

Thermo Scientific robotised spectrometers have established a high standard of excellence in the most demanding environments, and the new ARL SMS-3500 represents a step forward for users requiring more comprehensive and integrated workflow automation solutions.

At the heart of the system is a FANUC industrial robot, driven by intelligent Thermo Scientific SMS software, which allows for the preparation and analysis of samples using two sample preparation machines and two optical emission and/or X-ray fluorescence spectrometers.

The Thermo Scientific ARL SMS-3500 uses highly reliable components to ensure higher instrument uptime.

The FANUC robot is designed to handle heavy loads of up to 7kg in industrial environments with great precision.

The large floor-standing robot has six axes of movement to optimise sample handling speed, eliminate unnecessary hardware and increase overall system reliability.

All system components operate simultaneously for greater efficiency, while sample priority management, temporary sample storage and rapid transfer between system components allows for high sample throughput that cannot be matched by traditional manual systems.

Complex procedures such as instrument control and standardisation are scheduled and executed systematically to avoid delaying production sample analysis, says Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Optimising sample handling and laboratory response times allows for real-time production decision-making that will maximise yield and grows the bottom line.

The system provides easy and direct access to the various components for maintenance purposes or manual work.

Each instrument can be quickly disconnected without interruption of the automatic operation and the spectrometers can be easily moved to a separate park position for servicing.

The integration of separate sample preparation and analysis systems in one or more compact ARL SMS-3500 cells streamlines large laboratory automation.

Samples received via automated air tubes can be immediately processed, avoiding a separate sample preparation stage and leading to what tghe company says are significant cost and response time savings.

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