New Copper Reference Materials for March 2020

ProLab Systems Partner  ARMI | MBH are excited to report that we have continued to work on producing high quality CRMs for a variety of materials. We are proud to announce the release of 3 new copper based alloys for March 2020.

These new products include two bronze alloys, and one naval brass.

Cu485-18 is a Naval Brass containing 60.8% Cu and 36.5% Zn with 1.76% Pb and has certified compositions for an additional 10 elements including Al, As, C, Cd, Fe, Mn, Ni, Sb, Si and Sn.

The corrosion resistance of naval brasses is important for their application in salt water.

View certificate of Analysis IARM-Cu485-18

Cu932-18 is a bearing bronze containing 81.2% Cu 6.82% Sn  and 7.95% Pb with 3.44% Zn.  This reference material is also certified for an additional 14 elements including Ag, Al, As, Bi, C, Cd, Co, Fe, Ni, O, P, S, Sb and Se.  These all to help provide the balance between being easy to machine while still allowing for the low wear required for this common bearing alloy.

View Certificate of Analysis IARM-Cu932-18

Cu544-18 is a phosphor bronze containing 88.0% Cu, 0.069% P, and 4.14% Sn.  This reference material is also certified for an additional 4 elements including Fe, Ni, Pb and Zn, plus indicative values for an addition 25 elements. Compared to most brass alloys, phosphor bronze is harder, with better corrosion and fatigue resistance, and better elasticity. This bronze is a UNS C54400

View Certificate of Analysis IARM-Cu544-18

These products are all available as 38 mm diameter disks appropriate for analysis by XRF, Optical Emission, LIBS, GDMS and GD-AES. These products are also available as chips for analysis by ICP-OES.

View all of our latest products on our new products page where you can view and download the certificates of analysis.




With the new Mixer Mill MM 500 RETSCH has developed the first ball mill with a frequency of 35 Hz which produces enough energy for efficient wet grinding of samples down to the nanometer range.

Based on performance, operation, application fields and design the MM 500 is a unique combination of a classic mixer mill and a planetary ball mill! Hence, it is perfectly suited for long-term grindings of several hours with high energy input to obtain particles sizes <1 µm, e. g. for mechanical alloying or chemical reactions. Thanks to only moderate warming effects, no cooling breaks are required when using the MM 500. On top of that, operation and handling are more comfortable than with planetary ball mills.

The benchtop unit is also suitable for dry, wet and cryogenic grinding of sample volumes up to 2 x 45 ml in one working run. It mixes and pulverizes powders and suspensions in only a few seconds.

The MM 500 can be controlled via the new optional RETSCH App which provides functionalities like creation of application routines, access to the RETSCH database or direct contact to the RETSCH service team.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Powerful pulverization down to the nanometer range with up to 35 Hz
  • For long-term grinding up to 99 h
  • Great flexibility due to grinding jar volumes of 50 ml, 80 ml, 125 ml and 4 different materials
  • New jar design allows for full use of volume, also for wet grinding
  • Grinding jars may remain clamped in the mill for taking a sub-sample
  • Screw-Lock, jars pressure-tight up to 5 bar
Know More About MM500



Malvern Panalytical’s ASD brand offers a comprehensive variety of spectroscopy accessories to meet a multitude of near-infrared (NIR) materials analysis application requirements. Enjoy the ASD approach of one affordable customized instrument combined with one or more accessories for adaptation to your application needs.

The ASD probes and accessories listed below represent just some of our more popular options; contact us  for a comprehensive list.


Fiber Optic Illuminator

A portable, external light source designed for use with ASD LabSpec and TerraSpec instruments, and sampling accessories that do not have a built-in light source.


Contact Probe

Designed for contact measurements (made using the ASD LabSpecTerraSpec, or FieldSpec instruments) of solid raw materials such as minerals, grains, other granular materials. Its innovative optical design minimizes measurement errors associated with stray light and allows for measurement of samples through clear and transparent plastic bags.

All contact probes are available with a ruggedized cable feed and cable, designed for applications that involve extra cold or harsh temperatures.


Plant Probe 

The same great design and functionality as ASD’s standard contact probe with a lower intensity bulb position for non-destructive data collection from live vegetation and other heat-sensitive targets.

Combine the Plant Probe with the ASD Leaf Clip (shown left) for easy one-handed functionality with improved measurements. For use with the ASD LabSpecTerraSpec, or FieldSpec instruments.

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Reflectance Probe 

Specifically designed for speedy spectral collection of powders and other fine-grained materials such as small uniform seeds and grains. Its beveled tip and metal jacket greatly speed up the spectral collection process of fine-grained materials to optimize workflow. Simply insert the probe into your fine-grained media, collect the spectrum, use a chemical wipe to swipe the probe clean and move on to the next sample. It’s that easy! The probe comes with a gimbaled white reference for high-performance calibration. It can be used for quantitative predictive models.

For use with the ASD LabSpecTerraSpec, or FieldSpec instruments. If using this probe with a spectrometer such as a TerraSpec mineral analyzer or a LabSpec lab analyzer without an integrated light source, a Fiber Optic Illuminator is necessary and will provide the light source needed for sample collection.


Small Diameter Reflectance Probe 

With an approximate spot size of only 2 mm, this probe was designed to collect spectra from individual small materials such as individual grains or vugs in a hand sample or rock core. It’s perfect for determining the specific mineralogy of individual grains.

For use with the ASD LabSpecTerraSpec, or FieldSpec instruments. If using a spectrometer such as a TerraSpec mineral analyzer or a LabSpec lab analyzer without an integrated light source, a Fiber Optic Illuminator is required and will provide the necessary light source for sample collection.



Designed for analysis of raw materials requiring reflectance and absorbance measurements. It can measure samples through glass vials, or using the ASD sampling tray adapter. It’s unique and innovative design minimizes measurement errors associated with stray light and specular reflected components. For use with the ASD LabSpecTerraSpec, or FieldSpec instruments.



When your application requires analysis of irregularly shaped or non-homogeneous samples, the ASD Turntable is ideal for obtaining a highly accurate average. Especially useful for instrument owners in the grain, agriculture, pulp and paper, food, plastics, and mining industries. The Turntable comes standard with a 4000-hour halogen light source and one standard 150 mm x 15 mm Petri dish. For use with the ASD LabSpec and TerraSpec instruments.


Integrating Sphere 

Collects reflected light from samples over a full hemisphere. The sphere, by nature of its internal diffuse (lambertian) reflection and integration of the energy, is insensitive to directional reflectance features coming from the sample, and therefore, gives a very repeatable “averaged” response to the reflectance of the sample placed in the beam at the sphere port. Sample placement and incidence beam/collection alignment are less critical to the measurement results because the integrating sphere looks at representative averaged energy from all angles at the same time. For use with the ASD LabSpec and FieldSpec instruments.

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Fore Optics 

Control the field-of-view and maximize data collection to better meet specific application requirements. A wide selection of fore optic lenses are available for use with the FieldSpec and FieldSpec HandHeld 2 spectroradiometer systems.


Pistol Grips 

We offer multiple pistol grip options for superior ease-of-use and adaptability to a variety of environmental and situational elements when using your FieldSpec and FieldSpec HandHeld instruments. All pistol grip designs include the quick-connect/disconnect fiber optic cable snap-in feature, pistol grip clip assembly for safely and securely affixing the pistol grip to your waist-belt on the backpack, and many offer a built-in bulls-eye level for added precision.

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Reference Panels  

Available in calibrated and non-calibrated diffuse white and gray, in varying sizes and reflectance levels, including encapsulated grayscale (NIST/NRC traceable) wavelength and USP standards for USP 1119. For use with all ASD instruments.

Additionally, ASD’s portable line of spectrometers and spectroradiometers are equipped with a standard Fiber Optic SMA connector allowing for compatibility with a range of non-ASD sampling devices.

To learn more about ASD probes and accessories, please watch our ASD webinar recording, “High Precision Optical Interfaces for NIR Spectroscopy

Focus on Fusion – Easy Fusion Technique to Reduce TDS for PGM’s Determination

Inductively coupled plasma or microwave plasma are among the most reliable and common spectroscopic techniques used for the determination of metals, including PGMs. These instruments are versatile and allow for high-sensitivity multi-element analysis. However, in order to achieve such high sensitivity, dissolution (partial or complete) of the samples must be performed.

For matrices containing refractory materials, as is the case for most PGM substrates, alkaline fusions typically allow a more complete dissolution and a faster analytical throughput than all other common dissolution methods combined. However, the high amount of salts in the dissolved fraction is currently affecting the popularity of alkaline fusions in the plasma chemistry world. This is particularly significant for microwave plasma which operates at lower temperatures. Therefore, it is critical to reduce the amount of salts dissolved in the sample following alkaline fusions before its introduction into the analytical system.


March 26 2020 – March 26 2020
18:30 – 17:30 Arabian Standard Time
Event type:
Webinar – Live
Claisse range
Borate fusion


Janice Pitre MSc. – Application Specialist Fusion Technologies

More information

  • Who should attend?

– Anyone using or considering the use of peroxide fusions for PGM determination

– Anyone struggling with fast, easy and accurate PGM determination

– Anyone interested in innovative sample preparation techniques

– Plasma Spectroscopists

– Scientific community at large

  •  What will you learn?

– This webinar will demonstrate a simple analytical strategy resulting in the reduction of total dissolved solids (TDS) from your fusion solutions allowing you to improve your detection limits and analytical performance for PGMs determination.

Join the webinar which Focus on Pharma – XRD Masterclass 1

Small molecule drug products often face multiple development challenges, common amongst which are those relating to solubility, stability and manufacturability.

The Developability Classification System (DCS) provides useful guidelines for selecting a formulation technology, based on assessment of the drug’s fundamental properties and dose expectations. APIs which fall under Class 1 (good solubility, good permeability) were discovered and delivered to the market early on.

Nowadays, the majority of small molecule drug candidates are poorly soluble and belong to Class 2 (a & b). For these molecules, solid-form screening and new formulation types are required to create competitive pharmaceutical products.

In the search for more soluble or bioavailable forms, different types of drug formulations are being  considered, including nanoparticles, amorphous solid dispersions, co-crystals and drug carrier systems. In this webinar, we’ll focus on amorphous formulations and address the following questions:

• Are amorphous compounds which are obtained in different experimental conditions the same?
• Are they free of nano-crystalline material and are they truly amorphous?
• What are the best ways of quantifying low and high amorphous content?
• How we can we use X-ray diffraction to answer these, and more, questions?


February 20 2020 – February 20 2020
18:30 – 17:30 Arabian Standard Time
Event type:
Webinar – Live
X-ray Diffraction (XRD)


Natalia Dadivanyan Ph.D. – Application Specialist XRD

More information

  • Who should attend?

– Anyone engaged in developing methods for XRPD

– Anyone engaged in producing or setting specifications for pharmaceutical raw materials or intermediates

– Anyone who is developing pharmaceutical formulations

  • What will you learn?

– To learn about advanced applications of an XRPD system that are important for characterization of amorphous materials

– Understand how these methods can be applied within pharmaceutical development

Full Spectrum Analysis for Geological Exploration and Mining Using the ASD TerraSpec Halo

Join us on this webinar, presented by ASD expert Michaela Kastanek, to learn best practices with the ASD TerraSpec Halo Mineral Identifier. We will discuss features, best practices, and tips & tricks of how to most efficiently use this portable full spectrum (350-2500 nm) VNIR spectrometer to achieve quality mineral analysis results. Bring your questions and receive the answers you need at the conclusion of the presentation.


January 23 2020 – January 23 2020
18:30 – 17:30 Arabian Standard Time
Event type:
Webinar – Live


Michaela Kastanek is an ASD Chemometrics Specialist on the SummitCAL Solutions Team. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Colorado State University. She has been with ASD going on 10 years and has worked on varied research projects involving pulp and paper, mining, art preservation, biomass characterization in feed crops, oyster health characterization, and many more! Michaela is the principle trainer for the ASD TerraSpec Halo instrument as well as ASD’s instrumentation and chemometrics classes, which she has traveled around the world teaching fundamentals on.

More information

  • Who should attend?
    – Anyone that has or is interested in this full-range spectrometer the ASD TerraSpec Halo Mineral Identifier
  • What will you learn?
    – Overview of the ASD TerraSpec Halo’s most common features
    – Review of Halo Manager – creating projects and locations
    – Features of the TerraSpec Halo and Halo Manager not typically discussed in Halo Training
    – Maintenance best practices
    – Tips and tricks of the instrument – your most technical questions answered

ProLab Systems team member Erik Lentfert completed IRONMAN 70.3 with some flying numbers the details are as follow

ProLab Systems team member Erik Lentfert completed IRONMAN 70.3 with some flying numbers the details are as follow:

He stood 1st among all the other 14 Dutch countrymen participating in the Ironman and 12th among his age group.

From the total participants of 1,174 he finished at the impressive top 10% among all participants.

The total time Our IRONMAN took to complete the whole competition is 04H:29M:52S which as of now is his personal best record.

Bravo Erik you made our team, ProLab Systems and your country proud.


ProLab Systems Participate in IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain

Throughout its 10 year course ProLab Systems has been the symbol of

  • Strength
  • Confidence
  • Ethical
  • Endurance
  • Success
  • Highly Professional

Thus all the above mentioned characteristics are required by an athlete to participate in IRONMAN

ProLab Systems team member Erik Lentfert will be participating in IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain taking place on 7th December 2019

Name: Erik Lentfert
Country: Netherlands
Sports history:

  • At age 18, in 1989, 9th at the 5,000 meters Dutch National Youth Championships in 16’20”.
    Running in the National Championships 1989
  • In 2010, He managed to reach the Dutch podium (bronze medal) in duathlon (run-bike-run).
  • Completed 4 Ironman long distance.
  • Completed 13 Ironman half distance.
  • 2017 World Championship finisher (Olympic Distance).
  • 2019 European Championship finisher (Olympic Distance).
  • 4th place in his age group in the last half distance in Almere, which resulted in World Championship qualification in Slovakia, 2020.

Malvern Panalytical Application Course Calendar 2020

Book your calendar now make your registration to attend our application courses in 2020. Please find below the table of all the XRD and XRF application training that will take place in 2019. In order to register for the training please Click Here and send your details and course of interest.



Application Course Calendar 2020
NO Course start date Course end date XRD course XRF course
1 03-Feb 07-Feb X-ray fluorescence SuperQ application course on sequential spectrometer (1)
2 10-Feb 14-Feb Advanced X-ray fluorescence SuperQ application course on sequential simultaneous WDXRF spectrometers (1)
3 17-Feb 19-Feb 3 Day Zetium ED Course
5 20-Feb 21- Feb 2 Day Zetium SSM (1)
6 24- Feb 27- Feb 4 Day Epsilon 4 Course
7 28-Feb 28-Feb 1 Day Sample Prep Course
8 16-Mar 20-Mar HR Diffr. & Reflect.Course
 9 23-Mar 27-Mar 5 Day X-Ray Powder Diffraction Course
10 30-Mar 3-Apr Specialized XRD application courses on Empyrean and X’Pert Powder (X’Pert Pro MPD) (1)
11 04-May 06-May Industrial X-ray diffraction Course
12 5-May 5-May 1 Day Basic XRF Course
13 11-Jun 15-Jun X-ray fluorescence SuperQ application course on sequential spectrometer
14 13-Jul 17-Jul Willis & Duncan wk 1
15 20-Jul 25-Jul Willis & Duncan wk 2
16 21-Sep 25-Sep X-ray fluorescence SuperQ application course on sequential spectrometer
17 28-Sep 02-Oct Advanced X-ray fluorescence SuperQ application course on sequential simultaneous WDXRF spectrometers
18 05-Oct 07-Oct 3 Day Zetium ED Course
19 08-Oct 09-Oct 2 Day Zetium SSM Course
20 05-Oct 09-Oct Specific XRF Topics
21 12-Oct 15-Oct 4 Day Epsilon 4 Course
22 16-Oct 16-Oct 1 Day Sample Prep Course
23 19-Oct 23-Oct X-Ray Powder Diffraction Course
23 26-Oct 30-Oct Specialized XRD application courses on Empyrean and X’Pert Powder (X’Pert Pro MPD)
24 02-Nov 06-Nov HR Diffr. & Reflect.
25 09-Nov 11-Nov Industrial X-ray diffraction