Agilent’s 4100 MP-AES Launch to Redefine Atomic Spectroscopy - Breakthrough in Elemental Analysis Technology to Accelerate Detection of Metals in Wastewaters

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Agilent Technologies, the world’s premier supplier of innovative measurement solutions, has announced the successful launch of Agilent 4100 MP-AES, a microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometer. The launch offers significant relief to environmentalists who have been struggling for a solution that would enable them to identify metals which pose significant health hazards when present in industrial wastewater.

Agilent Technologies, the world’s premier supplier of innovative measurement solutions, has announced the successful launch of Agilent 4100 MP-AES, a microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometer. The launch offers significant relief to environmentalists who have been struggling for a solution that would enable them to identify metals which pose significant health hazards when present in industrial wastewater. Agilent’s innovation not only promises a quick solution to this pressing challenge but also promises to be easy-to-use, and more importantly, cost effective.

High levels of metal contaminants in industrial wastewater can pose a huge health risk if ground or even surface water is exposed to it. Consumption of agricultural products exposed to this water can prove harmful in the long run. It could also prove to be a huge environmental threat to livestock and aquatic life. The biggest issue with industrial wastewater, however, is that the metallic components present in it do not degrade with time. Hence, it is critical that environmentalists detect the metals in wastewater quite early in the cycle.

The 4100 MP-AES is a compact, innovative atomic emission spectrometer that leverages magnetically excited nitrogen plasma to enable superior detection. Terrance Hettipathirana from Agilent Technologies says in a recent article, “4100 MP-AES is a significant breakthrough as it has simplified elemental analysis. The instrument, which was developed by our Australian optical spectroscopy unit, will be a game changer for scientists, environmentalists, and research analysts across multiple industry verticals.”

Agilent subjected the instrument to various rigorous quality, safety, and performance tests in order to prove its capacity to handle complicated applications. The company also carried out testing in challenging environments where the instrument is more likely to be used. Says Hettipathirana, “Quality checks were conducted by independent bodies in order to ensure a non-biased third party view of the robustness of the device. Our product cleared the rigorous quality checks on all fronts and has been accepted as a suitable atomic emission spectroscopic method for the determination of metal contaminants in water.”

4100 MP-AES offers low total cost of ownership as the stable, self-sustained atmospheric pressure nitrogen plasma that draws fuel from air eliminates the need for access to expensive gas supply. This feature also makes it the ideal instrument for elemental analysis in remote locations. Also, since the plasma is highly stable and not flammable like gas, it does away with the need for continuous monitoring. This feature also provides improved laboratory safety. The company provides various accessories to help the instrument adapt to a wide range of applications. In addition, its plug-and-play feature will enable even a novice to use the product with minimal training. More information available at http://www.envirotech-online.com/articles/water-wastewater/9/terrance_hettipathirana/determination_of_metals_in_industrial_wastewaters_by_microwave_plasma-atomic_emission_spectrometry/1184/.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal year 2011.

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