Rigaku Introduces New 5th Generation MiniFlex Benchtop XRD Instrument
Product News Mar 13, 2012
Rigaku Corporation has announced the newest additions to its MiniFlex series of benchtop X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyzers at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon 2012).
The new 5th generation MiniFlex is a general purpose X-ray diffractometer that can perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of polycrystalline materials. MiniFlex is now available in two variations.
Operating at 600 watts (X-ray tube), the MiniFlex 600 is twice as powerful as other benchtop models, enabling faster analysis and improved overall throughput.
Running at 300 watts (X-ray tube), the new MiniFlex 300 does not require an external heat exchanger and thus requires even less space. Each model is engineered to maximize flexibility in a benchtop package.
Ideally-suited for today's fast-paced XRD analyses, the new 5th generation MiniFlex delivers speed and sensitivity through innovative technology enhancements such as the optional D/teX high speed detector coupled with the new 600 W X-ray source.
The optional graphite monochromator, coupled with the standard scintillation counter, maximizes sensitivity by optimizing peak-to-background ratios. If resolution is paramount, incident and diffracted beam slits can be selected to provide the desired resolution.
For high sample throughput, MiniFlex is the only benchtop XRD system with an available sample changer.
Whether used for teaching X-ray diffraction at the college and university level or routine industrial quality assurance, the MiniFlex delivers both performance and value.
Each MiniFlex comes standard with the latest version of PDXL, Rigaku's full-function powder diffraction analysis package.
The latest version of PDXL offers important new functionality, including a fundamental parameter method (FP) for more accurate peak calculation, phase identification using the Crystallography Open Database (COD), and a wizard for ab inito crystal structure analysis.
The original MiniFlex, introduced in 1973, was designed to empower a novice to produce results comparable to those obtainable by a trained diffractionist using a compact XRD instrument.
The new MiniFlex builds upon the characteristics that have made it popular for many years - including compact size and robust design - enabling installation in a small space with easy-to-use operation and very low cost of ownership.