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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.


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.

Studying thin films and solids at high-temperature conditions

Anton Paar DHS 1100 is a unique compact high-temperature device allowing tilt and rotation of the sample with respect to the X-ray beam for advanced thin film applications. The optimized heater design guarantees high temperature uniformity and accurate temperature measurement and control. The X-ray-transparent half-circle dome enables a large field of view when working with 2D detectors. For easy handling of air-sensitive samples a gas flow ring enabling a flow of inert gas is placed around the sample insert port.