“Automation” means designing architecture around the spectrometer that will enable the analysis of production samples without any or with only minimal human intervention. While the customer is free to decide on the degree of automation, the concept should always take into consideration that the spectrometer itself forms the central device as it delivers the analysis results and with that is decisive for the success of the entire system.
Being aware of this responsibility, OBLF’s interpretation of “automation” has always involved making spectrometer optimization a top priority. In this vein, we were quick to recognize the importance of providing operators with an easily accessible spark stand.
As a result, a handling system can simply be positioned in front of the spectrometer without requiring additional work. For that reason, automations involving OBLF spectrometers have never required additional constructions that would, for instance, be used to open spark stand covers to enable insertion of a spectrometer sample.
However, our homework is not just restricted to optimizing the spectrometer’s handling. It is, in fact, crucial to take every inch of the machine into consideration because as soon as an automated system is commissioned, it always spotlights every single weakness of a spectrometer in the most drastic and sometimes even dramatic way. This is due to the fact that automated operation naturally does not offer the possibility of intelligent human intervention should problems occur.
· Open spark stand
· integrated electrode cleaning
· integrated spark chamber cover
· integrated cleaning of the sample plate
thanks to integrated, patented pulse-purging of the spark stand
· Digital technology with definable discharge functions
maintenance-free thanks to semiconductor technology
· High degree of mechanical stability
· Optical stability due to use of vacuum
· the data logging unit is housed in the temperature-controlled vacuum chamber
· Automatic profiling unit
· Simple and
quick window cleaning
· Hardware controlled spectrometer system data
· Automatic reprofiling
· Automatic initialized control sample measurements
· event-driven automatic recalibration
· Import of sample codes
sample surface check and automatic sample positioning
· Easy access to all components
· Precise docking positions for mechanical connection to larger systems
Once combined to form a complete system, the features of the individual subassemblies making up our spectrometer systems provide unique advantages. These ensure that a customer operating an automated production line will not just get correct values from the spectrometer, but can rely on getting correct values at all times.
Automated labs featuring OBLF spectrometers guarantee extremely high availability:
- less time needed for regular system checks and recalibrations
- short and only few downtimes due to regular maintenance work
- few downtimes due to repairs
What does it take to create an automated lab?
The integration of our spectrometers into
complex automated environments is always completed in cooperation with renowned
enterprises specialised in the given field. We are therefore capable of
providing complete systems with which entire steel mill labs can be automated.
These systems are made up of all the requisite components from a pneumatic mail
station through a pre-analysis sample-preparation and surface-control module
right up to a module to transfer analysis data to the responsible recipient.
Apart from the spectrometer itself, OBLF’s range of products also includes modules for sample handling, grinding and visual surface analysis of spectrometer samples.
Smaller automated systems consisting of no
more than a sample-handling machine, handling robot and a spectrometer are
built by and can be made available directly from OBLF without the involvement
of external partners.