At ARABLAB 2009, Bruker
AXS is introducing the M1 MISTRAL(TM), a compact table-top microanalysis
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer, which was developed specifically for
non-destructive analysis of gold and other precious metals. The system provides
fast and accurate results on the elemental composition of metals and alloys
used for the production of jewelry, without the need for sample preparation.
In particular, the M1 can be used to analyze yellow gold, white gold, platinum
alloys and silver alloys, as well as other precious metals, jewelry and precious
The M1 MISTRAL is also a perfect complement to fire assays commonly used in
the industry, as it allows determination of many more elements, not only gold
and silver. Its large sample stage allows the examination of irregularly shaped
objects of up to 10 x 10 x 10cm, and its integrated video microscope with cross-hair
function allows the exact positioning of large and intricately shaped pieces
of jewelry. The M1’s ultra-fine X-ray beam ensures that the composition
is measured at exactly the desired location.
The design of the M1 MISTRAL and its analysis software make the instrument
easy to use for non-experts, providing elemental compositions at only a few
mouse clicks and with less than a minute of measurement time. Measurement results
can be displayed either as elemental or gold alloy concentrations, or in karat
to display the purity of gold alloys, or even as the monetary value of the sample
analyzed. Furthermore, the PC-driven M1 MISTRAL is easy to maintain, does not
require any consumables and has very low power consumption.
"The introduction of our new M1 MISTRAL gold and precious metals analyzer
marks another important milestone in our strategy of making our analytical expertise
and leading technology available to a wider range of applications," commented
Thomas Schuelein, Co-President of Bruker AXS. "The decision to choose ARABLAB
2009 for a worldwide launch was made in appreciation of the impressive growth
dynamics and economic potential of the region."
For more information on the new M1 MISTRAL, and to download related English
or Arabic literature, please visit www.bruker-axs.de/m1-mistral.html.