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Epsilon 3X automation

Flexible and safe automation for process control

Historically, the automation of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instruments has been limited to high-power wavelength dispersive (WD) XRF systems. However, more and more benchtop energy dispersive (ED) XRF spectrometers are sold into production control as cost-effective solutions because of improved performance. Recent advances in Epsilon 3X (ED)XRF spectrometers make them an attractive alternative in automated environments.

The Epsilon 3X automation option is a simple and flexible solution interfacing your existing Epsilon 3 or new Epsilon 3X analyzer to any sample preparation equipment. The flexible sample introduction system is specifically designed to handle a variety of prepared samples coming from a belt, a robot or even from a manual input slide.

Easy to integrate Epsilon 3x

New and existing Epsilon 3 spectrometers (with standard lid only) are easily integrated in the field without any modification necessary to the instrument. You will not void any guarantees or legal conformities by putting your Epsilon 3 unit inside the automation cabinet.

Complete safety

Prepared samples are picked up from a belt and transferred inside the Epsilon 3 instrument in complete safety. The instrument is enclosed in a sealed cabinet for safe operation and protection against dust, making it extremely robust. The interlocked cabinet door protects the operator from moving components during operation.

Flexible sample introduction

Prepared samples can be introduced to the Epsilon 3 instrument in four different ways:
  • sample on conveyer belt with surface down
  • sample on conveyer belt with surface up (using sample inverter mechanism)
  • via robotic arm (located outside the cabinet)
  • via manual sample slide (through-wall operation).

Sample inverter

In case the measuring surface of the sample is facing up on the conveyor belt, an optional sample inverter is available to re-orient the sample for analysis.

Dedicated support team

In addition to worldwide application specialists and service engineers, PANalytical also has a dedicated team for supporting automated and customer specific projects. This team of experts offers technical support and expertise for any automation interfacing and system design.

Epsilon 3X automation

Your simple and cost-effective solution to your automation needs

Sample variety The automation option is suited for 51.5 mm PANalytical steel rings. Both pressed powder samples and fused beads can be measured. Other sample types are possible, on request. Operator intervention Ad-hoc samples can be measured by unlocking the cabinet door. The lid of Epsilon 3 will open after the previous measurement is finished. When the cabinet door is open, all moving components are locked to prevent from collisions with the operator. Samples are measured manually without leaving the automation mode. Easy communication Multiple communication possibilities are available for data delivery to LIMS systems via PANalytical’s Universal Automation Interface (UAI) software. Very limited physical connections are required and measurement data from Epsilon 3 software is transmitted automatically in ASCII code for further processing. Fast analytical response It only takes 30 seconds from the time the sample reaches the end of the conveyer belt to the time when the sample is located in the measuring position of the Epsilon 3. With a typical measuring time of 5 to 8 minutes, the total throughput time of the method is less than 10 minutes per sample. PANalytical's Epsilon 3X XRF spectrometers in automation