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Posted: Apr 30, 2013
EDAX Launches TEAM WDS Analysis System
(Nanowerk News) EDAX Inc., a leader in X-ray microanalysis and electron diffraction instrumentation, has introduced the new TEAM™ WDS Analysis System. With the introduction of TEAM™ WDS, EDAX has merged its Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry (WDS) product line into the highly successful TEAM™ Analysis System, which improves workflow and streamlines all three microanalysis techniques- Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) and WDS - into one common user interface.
“With the integration of WDS into our TEAM™ platform, EDAX is proud to offer the industry’s most comprehensive microanalysis system. Not only has EDAX revolutionized the ease of use of the WDS technique,” comments Mike Coy, Technical Product Manager of the EDAX Microanalysis product line, “but we also have increased the power of our integrated systems to provide maximum materials insight quickly and easily.”
A screen capture of the EDAX TEAM™ WDS.
TEAM™ WDS also introduces Smart Focus, a fully automated focusing routine that provides complete microscope optimization for WDS analysis. This key feature optimizes the stage position based on the WDS optic to guarantee the highest intensity for each element.
Smart Focus brings a new level of speed and ease of use to WDS analysis by ensuring the highest quality data is collected on the first iteration. With Smart Focus, the user simply selects an element or energy range and is able to proceed to solve an EDS peak overlap in three clicks of the mouse without the worry of focusing the optic.
The TEAM™ WDS Analysis System pairs TEAM™ software with a parallel beam WDS spectrometer. The improved resolution and higher sensitivity of WDS as compared with EDS de-convolutes peak overlaps and effectively exposes trace elements, providing the user with a clear picture of sample chemistry.
The EDAX spectrometer design can be mounted on most EDS ports on a scanning electron microscope (SEM), allowing the user greater freedom in system configuration compared to alternative WDS systems. Additionally, the EDAX spectrometer excels in a wide range of operating conditions from low currents for beam sensitive materials to high currents more typical of WDS analysis.
“TEAM™ WDS leverages the streamlined workflow users appreciate in our TEAM™ EDS and EBSD systems and provides the best analytical results on the market,” adds Coy. “With all three microanalysis techniques now available in a single, easy to use interface, our customers will save valuable time and have the full insight necessary to quickly solve their materials challenges.”
EDAX is the acknowledged leader in Energy Dispersive Microanalysis, Electron Backscatter Diffraction and X-ray Fluorescence instrumentation. EDAX designs, manufactures, installs and services high-quality products and systems for leading companies in the semiconductor, metals, geological, pharmaceutical, biomaterials, and ceramics markets.
Since 1962, EDAX has used its knowledge and experience to develop ultra-sensitive silicon radiation sensors, digital electronics and specialized application software that facilitate solutions to research, development and industrial requirements.
EDAX is a unit of AMETEK Materials Analysis Division. AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of more than $3.3 billion.