RSSL First TEAM Players

Reading Scientific Services Ltd will soon become the first laboratory in the UK to offer a commercial service in elemental analysis, using the new Apollo XL EDX analysis detector and TEAM software from EDAX.

This revolutionary new equipment will permit RSSL's microscopists to provide a greater range of services including high resolution elemental and phase mapping, particle characterisation and statistics for filtered material; all with greater efficiency than ever before due to the advancement in X–ray detector technology. RSSL's clients in the food and pharmaceutical sectors use the results of elemental analysis to better understand the distribution of key elements within their product and ingredient mixes. Elemental analysis can often explain why certain products or ingredients are not performing as expected, or indeed, why a particular formulation or process produces a better outcome than another. The technique is also used by RSSL in foreign body analysis, helping to match the composition of foreign bodies against potential source materials. There are surface coating and forensic applications too.

Alongside the new EDAX equipment, RSSL's microscopy laboratory has also installed a new infra-red imaging microscope from Thermo Scientific. The Nicolet iN10 MX is an integrated infrared imaging microscope, and will be used by RSSL to analyse the distribution of organic molecules in complex mixtures, such as tablet formulations and sediments.

Together, the new investments will greatly enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the compositional analysis services offered by RSSL.

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