Agilent 5100 ICP-OES Spectrometer

  • 2015

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    Medical and Scientific

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  • CobaltNiche
  • Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies

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The Agilent 5100 ICP-OES is a breakthrough chemical analysis instrument used in countless applications from solving crimes in forensic science and discovering new mineral resources, to controlling quality in food production and pollution levels in water supplies.
The device determines the breakdown of elements in a sample solution by superheating it to 9000C using an argon gas plasma, and then measuring the specific wavelength and brightness of the heated molecules to establish the precise concentration of target elements.
Just as precise but significantly smaller, faster and easier to use than its predecessor or any of its competitors, the 5100 is arguably the world’s most advanced ICP-OES.

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  • The 5100 footprint is 40% smaller than its predecessor; making it the world's smallest comparable instrument. The left side overhang visually segregates the form and manifests the design effort and attention that went into size reduction. The design philosophy expresses precision and ease of use within forms that are pure and integrated. Given the market leadership of the 5100's advanced technology, the design focus was to build a simple and approachable user experience. Extra effort and quality was invested to instil Agilent's brand values in direct interaction 'touch points'. The stainless steel torch & door handles engage finely engineered mechanisms and provide satisfyingly precise tactility for users

  • The Agilent 5100 ICP-OES's cumulative benefits mean lower laboratory running costs on three fronts - time, materials and labour: • Automated plug and play torch ensures consistently accurate alignment, reducing the need for lengthy manual alignment or costly quality checks. • Torch and intuitive software reduce labour costs through allowing minimally qualified operators to perform routine samples. • Faster running time means higher sample throughput in a day. • Consistent accuracy reduces wastage of argon gas, power and coolant. • Additionally, its sophisticated detector chip consumes zero gas, and shortens warm up time with fast initialisation.

  • The 5100's innovative vertical plasma torch provides much of the instrument's industry-leading performance benefits. Conventional ICP-OES's have either a radial (vertical) or axial (horizontal) plasma torch but the 5100's world-first 'SVDV' torch delivers the stability of radial and the sensitivity of axial analysis together. The 5100's average cycle time is 2-4 times faster than conventional models which need multiple runs of a sample to acquire information the 5100 gains in one; saving time and money. In fact, the SVDV torch is four instruments in one - a clever internal system means that both axial and radial analysis can be isolated or combined as required.

  • Automating sophisticated systems in the 5100 delivers excellent long term stability in results from operator to operator and instrument to instrument, eliminating human inconsistency. The 5100's vertical plasma torch automatically aligns and connects to gas for faster and safer start up, and to help manage the ground-breaking technology, the operating software has a worksheet interface familiar to expert operators. New software applets can be used to save sample set-ups for future use, or select pre-set methods that adhere to specific government standards. These optional automated processes were designed for ease of use to optimise workflow and allow minimally qualified operators to perform routine samples.

    Unlike other analytical instruments, ICP-OES's are designed for intensive use in harsh, solvent-heavy commercial and mining laboratories. The 5100 is designed to be fast and reliable for the whole decade of its projected lifespan, providing market leading return on investment and cost per sample. Durability and maintenance were key design criteria; vital for labs and businesses that depend on reliable and low cost operations. These criteria directed material and manufacturing choices including the: • Lifetime corrosion resistant aluminium chassis. • Single piece, chemical resistant PP drip tray. • Positive pressured inner cabinet to keep acid vapours out of the mechanisms. • Sealed sample introduction a