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OE720 optical emission spectrometer covers entire spectrum of elements in metal except for gases like oxygen and hydrogen

Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00

(Hitachi High-Tech: Oxford, UK) -- Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science has further expanded its metals analysis range with the launch of the OE720 optical emission spectrometer (OES) metals analyzer. A year ago, the reveal of the ground-breaking Hitachi OE750 caused waves in the industry by making high-performance metals analysis finally accessible to all sizes of metals producers.

Designed to help foundries, fabricators, and manufacturing plants meet ever more demanding specifications, the OE720 now joins Hitachi High-Tech’s optical emission (OE) series. The OE720 boasts the same high performance as the OE750 but offers an attractive price advantage to companies who don’t need additional gas analysis capability.

High performance made affordable. Complex supply chains and increased use of scrap metal as a base material puts foundries and metals manufacturers under increasing pressure to control tramp and trace elements within the melt and finished product. The OE720 OES metals analyzer covers the entire spectrum of elements in metal except for gases like oxygen and hydrogen and has some of the lowest detection limits in its class. The result is an analyzer that has the capability of much more expensive instruments, bringing high quality analysis within reach for the first time for many foundries and metals manufacturers.

Innovative technology. The secret to the Hitachi OE series’ performance is the unique LightWing optic design, coupled with superior complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) detector technology. This unique combination achieves the very large wavelength range necessary to measure the entire range of elements within metals at ppm levels, essential in meeting today’s tight metals specifications.

Low cost of ownership. The second advantage of the LightWing optics is reduced argon and power consumption, thanks to its ultracompact design. As well as a fast start-up and measurement time, helping keep costs down and productivity high.

Developed for the aluminum industry. The OE720 is the ideal analyzer for aluminum casting as it can determine phosphorous to very low limits in near eutectic and hypereutectic aluminum-silicon alloys. It can analyze antimony, bismuth, lithium, strontium, and sodium, and tramp and trace elements, ensuring these can be controlled within the aluminum melt for optimal structural modification. This aids high-throughput production, where the quality of the melt needs to be verified at several points.

Faster and easier analysis with comprehensive software. In addition to innovative hardware technology, the new OE720’s performance is also enhanced by innovative new software. The intuitive SpArcfire operating software makes OES analysis quick and easy. The Hitachi GRADE Database, included in the OE720, offers more than 15 million records for more than 340,000 materials from 74 countries and standards, reducing time and potential errors from manually consulting grade catalogs. Optional charge correction software automatically calculates the right quantity of material to add to a melt to bring it into spec. ExTOPE Connect wireless technology allows manufacturers to gather live data for real-time decision-making even across multiple sites, lines, and production stages.

Outstanding price-performance ratio. “With the recent disruption to business and materials supply chains caused by Covid-19, quality control in metals manufacturing at all stages of the process is more important than ever,” says Michael Molderings, Hitachi OES product manager. “But with budgets under pressure, companies need to find affordable solutions. In the past, foundries and metal processing businesses had to choose between high-performance analysis and instrumentation that was in their price range. The OE720 is our answer to customers who do not need to analyze the gases in metals but don’t want to compromise on the analytical performance. It offers comprehensive metals analysis in one accessible package.”

With a product designed for every stage, from incoming materials verification to production control, to end-product inspection, the OE720 is the latest addition to Hitachi High-Tech’s extensive range of analytical equipment, designed to deliver effective quality control throughout the metals production process.

For more information, visit https://hha.hitachi-hightech.com.

About Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science is a global company within the Hitachi High-Tech Group. The company is headquartered in Oxford, UK, with R&D and assembly operations in Finland, Germany, and China, and sales and support operations in a number of countries around the world.

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