X-Ray Workstation integrates XRF and XRD capabilities.

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ARL 9900 Series combines X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), making it possible to perform complete elemental analysis and determine mineral or structural composition on same sample under vacuum with one instrument. Offering analytical capability for all kinds of materials, system enables chemical data from XRF to be used for processing XRD data or vice versa. System also supports fully automated control analysis of any unknown material.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches ARL 9900 Series X-ray WorkStation Integrating XRF and Full XRD in a Single Instrument

ECUBLENS, Switzerland (Aug 23, 2007) - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has made another important development in the area of X-ray analysis for industrial and central laboratories carrying out materials characterization and quality control analyses. For the first time, the new Thermo Scientific ARL 9900 Series X-ray Workstation combines full X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) into a single instrument, bringing increased productivity and reduced cost of ownership to the laboratory. It is now possible to perform a complete elemental (chemical) analysis and determine the mineral or structural composition on the same sample under vacuum with one single X-ray instrument.

Both XRF and XRD techniques are well established in the area of materials analysis. While XRF is used for routine elemental analysis in many industrial applications, XRD is mostly utilized in central laboratories for investigative purposes. Close collaboration with major industrial and research laboratories has shown that there is an increasing need for full pattern XRD in industrial laboratories alongside XRF, while research laboratories would greatly benefit from XRF capability.

The new Thermo Scientific ARL 9900 Series X-ray WorkStation fulfills this need, providing the most comprehensive analytical capability for a complete chemical and phase analysis of all kinds of materials. The elemental/oxide analysis can be accomplished by a series of XRF monochromators for high throughput, by an XRF Goniometer for flexibility or a combination of both. Full Pattern phase analysis can be achieved on the same sample by the XRD Goniometer using Thermo Scientific OXSAS software. Fully automated control analysis of any unknown material is accomplished by "standard-less" programs both in XRF and XRD. In addition, the chemical data from XRF can be used for processing the XRD data or vice versa.

Since the two techniques are fully integrated inside one instrument, it is significantly easier and more cost effective to integrate the instrument into an on-line process control and routine analysis. Automation capabilities range from simple link to automatic sample preparation machines with an interface from a central control system to the robot-based Thermo Scientific ARL SMS-3000 for a completely autonomous X-ray analysis laboratory.

The Thermo Scientific ARL 9900 Series X-ray WorkStation is designed to operate in real industrial environments with quick and easy installation, operation and validation. On-site customization of various programs is more conveniently achieved with effective control files and optimized sample preparation for both XRF and XRD.

For more information on the Thermo Scientific ARL 9900 Series X-ray workstation, please call +1 800-532-4752, e-mail analyze@thermofisher.com or visit http://www.thermo.com/elemental

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About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With an annual revenue rate of more than $9 billion, we employ 30,000 people and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions, and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike. Visit www.thermofisher.com.

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