AEROSPACE TESTING

Olympus Launches Next-Gen XRD with New Software for Real-Time Onboard Quantitative Mineralogy and Phase Analysis

The Olympus next-generation TERRA II and BTX III mobile X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyzers offer faster quantitative mineralogy results in the field and lab. Powerful, intuitive software is paired with new X-ray detectors on both systems for increased speed, providing you with the results you need to make decisions quickly and with confidence.

Olympus says both XRD instruments feature new SwiftMin software, which provides automated mineral/phase ID and quantification in real time directly on the analyzer. The software interface comes with these features:

  • One dashboard for data: see all results, calibration and analysis information in a single view to speed up your workflow.
  • Wireless capabilities: get real-time results and operate the instrument using any wireless-capable device, such as a laptop, tablet or phone.
  • Automatic data transfer: automatically send data to your network when the operator hits stop or after a preset amount of time.
  • Easy data export: easily export quantitative mineralogy/phase ID results for visualization or further data analysis, and access raw data files using a network folder to analyze diffractograms (for users who prefer manual analysis in a third party software).

In conventional XRD instruments, a large quantity of sample must be finely ground and pressed into a pellet. Ideally crystallites must be randomly oriented, yet samples prepared for conventional XRD typically suffer from preferred orientation effects. In contrast, the TERRA II and BTX III analyzers feature a unique small sample holder to provide a portable, lightweight and virtually maintenance-free alternative to conventional XRD. The patented vibrating sample holder convects all particles within the sample chamber, removing almost all orientation effects. As a result, the instruments require a mere 15 mg sample, which operators can easily obtain using the supplied sample kit.

Olympus’ TERRA II XRD instrument is the successor to the first commercial battery-operated, portable XRD in the world. Featuring a battery life up to six hours and a rugged, weatherproof case, the TERRA II system is built for fast in-field analysis. The BTX III offers the same analytical performance in a compact design intended for benchtop laboratory analysis.

LOGIN or SUBSCRIBE

Enter you REGISTERED email

Aerospace Tech Review Magazine - Subscription Popup

Already a subscriber? Log in