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In some instances an automated laboratory system must account for treatment of the sample before it is sent to the laboratory. A steel sample, for example, taken from the mold, generally contains a 'pin' where the liquid material entered the sample body. Proper, safe and secure removal of the pin is of vital importance for automated treatment. To remove the pin before the sample is entered into the automated system, a number of methods have been developed - from shearing to cutting. The best method currently available is by using a cut-off wheel. This device, that only makes use of compressed air, is commercially available and fully automatic.

Extending the range of PANalytical’s 2D solid-state pixel detectors

With pixel dimensions of 60 microns x 60 microns and overall sensor dimensions of 30.7 mm x 24.8 mm, GaliPIX3D is PANalytical’s newest and largest 2D hybrid pixel detector for XRD. The high-quality CdTe sensor provides unrivalled stopping power for X-rays and affords close to 100% efficiency even for the highest energy radiation, like Ag and Mo. As with the PIXcel3D this detector is designed to provide state-of-the-art 2D images, data quality and flexibility. The design of the 2D photon counting detector array allows users to switch seamlessly between 1D and 2D modes and to collect frames suitable for 3D processing in computed tomography.

State-of-the-art technology

PANalytical has always been at the forefront of hybrid detector technology. We were the first company to introduce combined 0D and 1D functionality in silicon strip detectors and to expand the onboard flexibility to 0D-1D-2D-3D. The small pixel size, zero background and the high dynamic range of our hybrid detectors bring with them a revolution in the way XRD applications are treated. No longer is it necessary to maximize intensity or 2D detector size. With a choice of optics and operational radii, you can optimize the configuration to really suit your purpose. Read more on our detector portfolio below or contact your local sales representative! It is PANalytical's answer to the challenges of modern materials research, where the lifetime of a diffractometer is considerably longer than the horizon of any research project.

Legacy systems

When building a new automated laboratory or adapting an existing one, it is sometimes necessary to incorporate an existing machine into the new setup. When these machines are a bit older, the information pertaining to the machine might be lost or incomplete and the support from the original supplier might be hard to get. In order to counter this, PANalytical has invested in knowledge to circumvent these problems. Automation interfaces of existing machines can be reverse engineered with our tools, rendering the machine usable in future setups again. Further, mechanically changing and/or upgrading machines is also a possibility to get a unit in                                                                                                                                                                working condition again.