New electronic component for materials analysis

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Malvern Panalytical is a world leader in the field of materials analysis technology. Technolution developed a crucial electronic component for a new range of analytical instruments on the basis of X-ray technology.

Refraction diffraction, fluorescence

There are different ways of analyzing materials using X-ray technology. All of these methods have one thing in common: a material sample in the form of solid material, a fluid, or a powder is scanned with X-ray light. The sample then breaks the light (refraction or diffraction), or begins to emit light itself (fluorescence). Malvern Panalytical’s X-ray technology works on the basis of the spectra of the refracted (mono-chromatic) or emitted (energy-dispersive) light. The analytical devices provide detailed information about the materials in the sample, and about the composition and form of those materials.

From light to information

The new component has an important function in transforming the light spectra measurements into usable information about the material samples. Technolution first validated the proof of concept for the component, a digital algorithm produced by Malvern Panalytical. Then we optimized the algorithm and implemented it on an FPGA chip. This prototype met all the accuracy and speed requirements.

Building block for a full product range

Because the new component will be a building block for several analytical devices that form a new product range, Malvern Panalytical wanted to have a number of different versions. Technolution therefore designed the component in such a way that it can be produced easily in several variants. This means Malvern Panalytical can simply adjust both the functionalities and the cost of the component to the required end product.

Roelof de Vries, leader of Malvern Panalytical’s detector group, is very pleased with the qualities of the new component. “In its field, it’s possibly the best in the world. We’re currently working on integrating it into the first new product range. Ultimately, the component will be used in various models in several products and on numerous platforms.”

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