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The FoundryMaster Xline is designed for stationary use as a benchtop unit with practical features usually only found on premiumclass instruments

Entry-Level Laboratory Spectrometer

Jan. 3, 2014
Fully digital spark OES High-res, multi-CCD optics Open sample stand

OXFORD INSTRUMENTS describes its Foundry-Master Xline as “a reliable entry-level laboratory spectrometer for the qualitative and quantitative element analysis of metal samples.” The instrument is designed for stationary use as a benchtop unit, with practical features usually only found on premium-class instruments.

The system analyzes all ferrous metals and alloys, and analysis of aluminum, nickel, and copper is available on request.

The instrument is based on optical emission spectroscopy (OES), the analyzing method favored by most foundries. The newly developed, fully digital source (spark generator) is controlled via the external Windows® PC and offers ideal excitation parameters.

The high-resolution, multi-CCD optics use a vacuum technology chamber in order to cover the complete wavelength range from 165 nm to 780 nm, offering accurate detection of all relevant elements in Fe matrix.

The rugged and approved vacuum technology is essentially maintenance-free, according to the developer, and has significantly lower operating costs than alternative inert gas purged systems.

The sample stand, open on three sides, offers the ability to measure almost any size or shape of sample, particularly
large sample geometries. Thanks to our Oxford Instruments’ Jet-Stream technology within the sample stand, the Foundry-Master Xline can analyze most complex shapes with irregular sample geometries. Also, the sample does not need to completely seal the spark stand opening: tubes, bars and even wires can be directly analyzed, using only one universal adapter. This is a noteworthy operational advantage, according to the developer, and significantly reduces the sample preparation time.

The design needs less cleaning than comparable systems, giving much longer operational time and less maintenance. Cleaning is fast and the instrument recovery is efficient due to pre-aligned parts and quick connectors.