Spectro Analytical Instruments GmbH, a unit of Ametek Materials Analysis Div., has unveiled an improved version of its Spectrolab metal analyzer, which achieves better detection limits than its predecessor in trace analysis of pure copper and aluminum. Its hybrid optics processes light directly from the spark stand with photomultipliers and CCD detectors simultaneously. The instrument offers the advantages of photomultiplier detectors relative to single spark evaluation and time-resolved spectroscopy, along with flexible line selection and the ability to combine analytical and reference lines from CCD detectors. It offers low detection limits with stability and repeatability of measurement results. Optimized excitation parameters and an innovative readout system enable permanent enhancements for lead analysis, with a focus on battery technology and analysis of precious metals.