|[December 09, 2013]
PANalytical Boulder Announces Lightest, Fastest, Full-Range Handheld NIR Mineral Identification Instrument
BOULDER, Colo. --(Business Wire)--
PANalytical Boulder, (formerly ASD Inc.) developer of high-performance
near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis
solutions, today introduced the ASD TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier, a
handheld, full-range NIR spectrometer designed to transform the mineral
An exploration geologist uses the TerraSpec Halo to identify minerals in the field (Photo: Business Wire)
At 4.5 pounds (2.0 kilograms), the Halo identifier represents the
lightest and fastest all-in-one NIR instrument available for exploration
geology. With one pull of the trigger, this ground-breaking instrument
delivers mineralogy results in less than 20 seconds, which significantly
speeds site exploration efforts and ultimately saves mine operations
valuable time and money. The TerraSpec Halo instrument is the latest
introduction to the already well-known and trusted TerraSpec line of
instrumentation from PANalytical Boulder.
"Until now, NIR mineral analysis instruments required an experienced
geologist using heavier equipment, cabling and multiple devices," said
Chris Sherry, senior market manager at PANalytical Boulder. "The ASD
TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier brings needed efficiency to the field
by removing weight and complexity to give real time mineral information."
Ease-of-use features for the TerraSpec Halo instrument include:
Simple mineral data capture and handling
Voice recording capability
Multiple languages for onboard software and user manual
Extensive spectral library
Immediate multi-mineral results and scalars
No third-party hardware
The instrument also includes a proprietary mineral prediction software
program that pulls data from a constantly expanding, multi-continent
mineral library sourced from the world's top public and private
databases. Geologists can work with PANalytical technicians to design
their own libraries as wel, further customizing Halo to meet unique
needs. New software allows for improved spectra management with simple
spectra naming protocols, easy data organization, validation and
tagging, and simple data export tools to port data to third-party
software like The Spectral Geologist (TSG®), Leapfrog and
"The advent of the first NIR spectrometers changed how geologists take
measurements in the field, define their environments, and use that
information to make big-picture decisions that drive mining operations
and investment," said Michael Lands, VP of sales and marketing,
PANalytical Boulder. "The Halo mineral identifier will have a similar
impact on how the industry conducts research and builds models to make
better, faster and more cost-effective decisions based on mineralogy."
In addition to providing field geologists with real-time information and
quicker delineation of alteration halos or clay species delineation, the
device can be used in the core shack or on the rig for faster core and
drill chip analysis, and in production environments for field
confirmation, ore grade control and other purposes. For more information
about the ASD TerraSpec Halo, please visit www.asdi.com.
About PANalytical Boulder
PANalytical Boulder, formerly ASD Inc., is the global leader in
high-performance analytical instrumentation solutions, solving some of
the most challenging real-world materials measurement problems.
PANalytical's NIR spectrometers - unparalleled in providing
laboratory-grade results in the field or on-site - are the instruments
of choice for remote sensing, environmental sciences, agricultural,
mining, pharmaceutical and pulp and paper industry applications, where
results drive paradigm-changing insights, efficiency and profit.
for more information about PANalytical Boulder.
PANalytical is the world's leading supplier of analytical
instrumentation and software for X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray
fluorescence spectrometry (XRF). The materials characterization
equipment is used for scientific research and development, for
industrial process control applications and for semiconductor metrology.
During the last decade PANalytical has added a variety of other analysis
techniques to their product portfolio. Optical emission spectrometry
(OBLF GmbH, Germany), pulsed fast thermal neutron activation (Sodern,
France) and near-infrared (ASD Inc.) capabilities together with XRD and
XRF can provide customers with tailor-made analytical solutions for the
characterization of a wide range of products such as cement, metals,
nanomaterials, polymers and many more.
PANalytical's headquarters are in Almelo, the Netherlands. Fully
equipped application laboratories are established in Japan, China, the
USA, and the Netherlands. PANalytical's research activities are based in
Almelo (NL) and on the campus of the University of Sussex in Brighton
(UK). Supply and competence centers are located on two sites in the
Netherlands: Almelo (development and production of X-ray instruments)
and Eindhoven (development and production of X-ray tubes) and in
Boulder, USA (development and production of near-infrared instruments).
A sales and service network in more than 60 countries ensures unrivalled
levels of customer support.
The company is certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
for more information about our activities.
PANalytical is part of Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing
instrumentation and controls company.
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