Among the many innovative new developments announced by PANalytical (Almelo, The Netherlands) at Pittcon 2010 in Florida, USA, was the enhancement of the company’s popular Axios range of wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers.
The Axios family will be upgraded to AxiosmAX with the incorporation of the SST-mAX Xray tube in its standard configuration. This change reflects the company’s commitment to bringing cutting-edge technology and tangible, cost-effective benefits to its customers.
At the heart of the new instruments is the SST-mAX X-ray tube, incorporating PANalytical’s unique ZETA Technology. By eliminating the largest source of instrument drift common to all XRF systems, SST-mAX delivers a dramatic reduction in the frequency of drift correction and re-calibration measurements, thereby improving the system uptime.
The pinnacle of the range is the AxiosmAX–Advanced. It has a high-performance configuration, including the SST-mAX50 X-ray tube with CHI-BLUE coating, the Hi-Per Scint detector with a linear count rate range up to 3.5 Mcps and Omnian standardless software. AxiosmAX is the basis for PANalytical’s dedicated industry versions too. Application-tailored configurations are available for: cement, petrochemicals, industrial minerals, mining, metals and polymers and plastics.
In addition, the lineup now includes a new, internally cooled, low-power Axios (1 kW) system. This is ideal for applications with lower throughput requirements, but where accuracy and repeatability remain critical parameters.