What is spark spectrometry?

The OES procedure

In addition to the familiar challenges of daily work, everyday life in the laboratory is accompanied by the constant recording and archiving of all data. And in a laboratory with largely unprofessional data management, an employee quickly needs a certain value from a certain analysis and this as quickly as possible, the chaos can no longer be kept away.

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Spark Spectrometry Procedure

In spark spectrometry, a chemical analysis takes place in order to represent the emission spectrum of chemical substances. For the analysis process, the extremely high-energy spark discharge is used to ignite a plasma in an argon atmosphere between a piece of the analyte and a copper or silver electrode. The resulting emission of light is measured and thus all chemical elements can be quantitatively investigated in just a few seconds. The radiation is transmitted via light guides to optical systems, where it is then broken down into its individual spectral components. Each chemical element contained in the sample to be analyzed emits at several wavelengths and can, therefore, be individually detected and measured using photomultipliers. This method enables the precise detection of all metals, semi-metals as well as many non-metals such as carbon, sulfur, oxygen, phosphorus or nitrogen. The detection of these non-metals is at the same time a great advantage of spark spectrometry compared to other analytical methods which can only detect a certain group of elements.

Applications of spark spectrometry

The functionality of spark spectrometry makes a fast analysis of metal alloys possible. It is, therefore, a simple, extremely fast and reliable analysis method for mass tests in quality assurance in the metal producing industry or for sorting scrap. The spectrum of applications ranges from safe control in production processes to research projects and product developments. Also in incoming goods inspection (also part of quality assurance) or the recycling of secondary raw materials such as iron, cobalt, nickel, magnesium, copper, titanium, tin, lead, zinc and many other materials. Spark spectrometry is therefore used in large parts of industry and research, primarily in areas where the detection of elements and their quantitative determination is required.

Cooperating suppliers

Our [FP]-LIMS is compatible with a large number of well-known manufacturers in the industry. Due to years of experience and the high demands on ourselves, we have extended the compatibility of the software in the past years more and more. Among others, the devices of the following manufacturers are compatible with our [FP]-LIMS: Hitachi, Bruker, Spectro Ametek, ThermoFisher Scientific, Agilent Technologies, Analytik Jena, Horiba Scientific, Malvern Panalytical, Microtrac, PerkinElmer, Zwick Roell

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