FTIR Spectrophotometer has 30,000:1 signal-to-noise ratio.

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Optimized for sensitivity and stability with high-throughput optics and dynamic alignment mechanism, IRAffinity-1 Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer is used to confirm, identify, and detect foreign matter. Additional components include ceramic light source; temperature-controlled, high-sensitivity DLATGS detector; and IRsolution software. Product executes self-diagnosis at initialization and monitors state of instrument during operation. Max resolution is 0.5 cm-1.

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New Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer Offers Highest Sensitivity in its Class

Infrared analysis is superior to general-purpose instruments

COLUMBIA, Md., June 24, 2008 - Shimadzu Scientific Instruments designed the IRAffinity-1 Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer with high-throughput optics and a dynamic alignment mechanism to increase sensitivity, stability and usability. The IRAffinity-1 is ideal for high-precision infrared analysis to confirm, identify and detect foreign matter in raw materials, medical products, packages and coatings.

The IRAffinity-1 offers the highest signal-to-noise ratio (sensitivity) in its class at 30,000:1, with a maximum resolution of 0.5 cm-1 (according to Shimadzu's investigation in January 2008). The unit achieves this level of sensitivity by using a high-energy ceramic light source; temperature-controlled, high-sensitivity DLATGS detector; and high-throughput optical elements. Also, the IRAffinity-1 includes optimized electrical and optical systems to minimize noise levels.

The IRAffinity-1 includes patented technology to increase stability and precision. Its moving mirror is run smoothly and precisely by a flexible joint system patented by Shimadzu. The interferometer is optimized and stabilized by a dynamic alignment mechanism on which Shimadzu has a patent pending. The interferometer's optical elements are protected from humidity and stabilized by a sealed interferometer, as well as by continuously removing moisture by a reactive polymeric desiccator, and coating the beam splitter with moisture-resistant protective film.

To increase reliability, the IRAffinity-1 executes self-diagnosis at initialization and monitors the state of the instrument during operation. Users can check basic performance using a standard-feature validation program.

IRsolution software, standard in the IRAffinity-1, emphasizes operability and analysis support programs to perform data processing and analysis. With IRsolution specialized windows, users can easily perform standard operations, such as measurement, display, data processing, quantitative analysis, search and printing. A variety of optional programs and accessories, such as those facilitating PLS and multilinear regression, deconvolution and mapping measurement, are also available.

About Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) is the American subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1875, Shimadzu is a $2 billion multinational corporation with three major divisions: Medical Diagnostics, Aerospace/Industrial and Analytical Instruments. The Analytical Instruments division is one of the world's largest manufacturers of analytical instrumentation and environmental monitoring equipment. In 1975, SSI corporate headquarters was established in Columbia, Md., to provide analytical solutions to laboratories in North, Central and parts of South America. In the United States, SSI has a network of more than 50 locations providing local and regional sales, service and technical support. Visit www.ssi.shimadzu.com for more information.

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