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Chelmsford, MA, United States

Grey M.,Spectro Inc.
American Laboratory

Some of the latest advancements in inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometer are discussed. The top-of-the-line SPECTRO ARCOS ICPOES from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments is one of the most popular instruments in laboratories for challenging tasks. The optical system is the heart of any OES, and the one designed for the ARCOS provides unrivalled performance for the most challenging samples. The analyzer's innovative Optimized Rowland Circle Alignment (ORCA) optical technology utilizes few mirrors, providing a direct, high luminance light path that minimizes light loss. SPECTRO ARCOS has a wavelength range from 130 nm to 770 nm and enables simultaneous capture of a sample's complete relevant spectrum within 4 seconds. It employs three integrated, optimized optical systems to provide full wavelength coverage. Source

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 147.93K | Year: 2012

ABSTRACT: The Joint Oil Analysis Program (JOAP), since its inception in 1968, has played a role in avoiding countless equipment failures via oil analysis being carried out according to its guidelines. During every decade of its history, analysis protocols have been refined to meet the need for effective oil analysis of new and aging assets. Currently, JOAP is in a position where its protocols, relative to the needs of the Warfighter, need a detailed review. The proposed effort provides this using a team of industry leaders. The key goals of the proposed effort center on three main thrusts: (a) determining how to enhance the existing capabilities and predictive power of oil analysis by providing more specific linkage between the analysis itself and suspect asset components; (b) examining the existing JOAP architecture and its technology pieces; and (c) establishing new overall oil analysis protocols for specific assets via (a), (b), input from industry best practices and cost/benefit optimization, which may be beta-tested during the Phase II effort. The goal is to streamline the entire oil analysis process. A successful Phase I effort will result in testable solutions for JOAP which can provide the Warfighter with significantly enhanced asset protection tools. BENEFIT: As a result of a successful Phase I effort, the Spectro Team will provide DoD with immediate, comprehensive oil analysis solutions for beta testing on selected assets. The goal in targeting these assets will be to demonstrate, through a sampling of the vast variety and needs of DoD assets, concrete solutions that are scalable to the whole of assets monitored by JOAP. It is anticipated that these solutions will provide JOAP with a template for a carefully managed but transformative future thrust.

Spectro Inc. | Date: 2013-10-08

A sensor and associated methods wherein a bolt or rod stem includes a flow path through and across the stem. A source of radiation within the stem is configured to direct radiation through the flow path and a detector subsystem in the stem is configured to detect radiation passing through the flow path. A head includes electrical conductors for the radiation source and detector subsystem resulting in a compact, inexpensive sensor.

Spectro Inc. | Date: 2013-11-26

A route based analysis system includes, in one version, an infrared spectrometer subsystem configured to produce a spectrum for oil introduced to an oil sample cell. The system displays a route including assets with oil to be inspected. The type of oil used in each asset is determined. For each asset on the route, one or more oil property methods specific to the oil used in the asset are located. The spectrum of each assets oil is analyzed using specific methods in order to produce oil properties.

Spectro Inc. | Date: 2013-01-15

A spectrometer sample head including a housing, at least one source of radiation in the housing, and a flip top sample cell including first and second hinged plates and a window through the first plate with a pane in the window, the pane for receiving a sample thereon. The housing includes a channel for receiving the plates when coupled together for placing the sample in the optical path of the radiation.

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