KLEVE, Germany, Sept. 16, 2011 — Spectro Analytical Instruments GmbH, a member of the Ametek Materials Analysis Div., has introduced the SpectroBlue inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer, a compact mid-range device that offers simplified operation and low maintenance. It is suitable for use in environmental laboratories that require a low-cost, high-throughput spectrometer and is designed to perform common laboratory analysis where stability, uninterrupted operation and throughput are as important as sensitivity and resolution. It couples an ultrareliable design with technical innovation. A robust generator design packs an ample power reserve that can handle the most extreme plasma loads. The heat from the generator’s high-power ceramic tube is dispersed using innovative air-cooled technology that eliminates the need for an expensive external water-based cooling system. The optic system and full-transparency UV-Plus approach prevent consumable purge gases and ensure good long-term stability. The instrument’s sealed optic system abolishes gas purging for a lifetime savings totaling up to one-third of the instrument’s purchase price. The Paschen-Runge optic technology permits a direct high-luminance path for maximized light throughput, allowing the system to more easily process line-rich spectra, improve measurement accuracy and reduce expensive rework. The spectrometer is supplied with proprietary Smart Analyzer Vision software. With its highly adaptable interface, the software makes it easy for users of all experience levels to take full advantage of the instrument’s simplified operation and analytical capabilities.