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X-ray powder diffraction in drug development

CubiX³ Pharma is tailor-made for obtaining the highest-quality measurements of pharmaceutical samples, getting the lowest detection limits for traces and the best-in-class peak separation. Tools such as Installation Qualification (IQ) and Operational Qualification (OQ) are provided and the software can be configured to support 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. CubiX³ Pharma offers speed, reliability and reproducible analysis. Results enable manufacturers to maintain consistency in the quality of their product while optimizing production speeds. Equipped with PANalytical’s X’Celerator, CubiX³ Pharma is the fastest and most precise diffractometer available for production control.

X-ray components

The field of X-ray components is continuously developing. New technologies in micro- and nanofabrication keep increasing the performance of our X-ray instruments, sometimes with orders of magnitude. Several of these innovative components can also be added to already installed instruments, to further increase the performance of your (existing) system. PANalytical collaborates with the world’s leading (technology development) institutions to bring cutting-edge technology to your avail. We carefully select new technologies and thoroughly test them before we incorporate them in our instruments. On these pages, we show you a few of the state-of-the-art components for our instruments. Are you looking for something that is not in our catalogue yet? Our ‘specials’ team has developed many customized solutions for a wide variety of applications.

The world’s first 1D silicon strip detector for laboratory X-rays

As the world’s first silicon-based position-sensitive 1D detector for XRD, the X’Celerator is the result of the pioneering development from PANalytical. With the R&D 100 Award-winning X’Celerator detector you can perform XRD measurements up to 100 times faster than with a traditional point detector, without compromising data quality. With no need for cooling water, liquid nitrogen flow, counting gas or time-consuming calibrations, it is a cost-effective solution. The X’Celerator is designed exclusively for PANalytical’s diffractometers for applications in research and industry.

Optimized solution for XRD at controlled temperature and humidity

The Anton Paar MHC-trans chamber is a dedicated chamber for in situ powder X-ray diffraction measurements at controlled temperature and humidity conditions. The chamber is designed for transmission geometry (foils) and has a built-in sample changer with 8 sample positions for high throughput applications. It has an environmental heater enabling temperatures from -10 to 150 ºC in dry atmosphere (dry air or nitrogen gas). The relative humidity can be changed from 5 to 95 %rH at temperatures from 10 to 80 ºC. The thermocouple and humidity sensor are in the direct vicinity of the sample for accurate measurement and control of both temperature and relative humidity. The chamber is equipped with a beam stop for an improved low-angle background. The video on the next slide shows a live demonstration of automatic combined control of temperature and relative humidity.

Unique solution for in situ XRD at varying gas atmospheres

Anton Paar XRK 900 is a furnace-type heater optimized for in situ powder X-ray diffraction measurements (reflection geometry) at various gas atmospheres in the pressure range from 1 mbar to 10 bars. Due to environmental heating to 900 ºC, high temperature uniformity is guaranteed over the entire sample volume. The thermocouple is placed right underneath the sample for accurate temperature measurement and control. Optional oscillation of the sample table helps to improve the particle statistics for powder XRD in reflection geometry. Sample holders allowing for gas flow through the sample ensure a maximum reaction surface. A special sample holder unit with an additional electrical feed through for battery research at temperatures to 260 ºC is available.