How do academic institutions find the best fit optical emission spectrometer for their needs?

We work with more than 1,000 universities and research institutes around the world to support academia with material analyzers used for research, teaching and testing. With many universities being well equipped for analysis and material characterization, most of the time, we play an advisory role. We try to help a university, or an institute, find the best fit analyzer for their needs. 

Quite often, when it comes to optical emission spectroscopy (OES), this involves deep discussions of test methods between spark OES, ICP-OES, GD-OES, XRF and combustion analysis for comparison and correlation.

How we work with universities

Our experts seek a balance to assist a university to come up with a plan/strategy as to how to make the students’ curriculum as well as research become more holistic. Usually there are discussions at different levels ranging from talking to junior researchers, associate professors to deans of a university, each having their own objectives of what they want to achieve from the instrument. 

Research objectives for junior researchers, curriculum objectives for professors and enhancing lab/university capabilities for deans and university stakeholders where some of them could have different challenges as they deal with various materials to be analyzed. This is where our experts help to guide, like an encyclopedia, to a well-informed purchase of an instrument to suit the needs of multiple stakeholders/users. 

Who we’ve helped and why they chose Hitachi

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some universities and research institutes we’ve recently helped to achieve their goals.

A leading university in Japan established in 1949 that runs education and research in metallurgy as one of the specialization courses. The university management wanted to expand their capabilities by providing real-life industrial experiences among students and researchers for materials analysis in key applications like iron and aluminum. 

This university chose our ground-breaking OE750 spark spectrometer. One of the key reasons for selecting the OE750 was the performance in terms of specification. Being open to accepting new technology like CMOS  will benefit the university in long-term, when it comes to maintenance of the instrument and expansion on applications. 

Here’s a video the university has put together showcasing the OE750 (it’s in Japanese): 


A public research university in Australia, which specializes in education and research in metallurgy, also wanted to provide more hands-on experience to their students and researchers. Funding is always an important factor for academic institutions, so having a trust-worthy instrument that can measure gaseous elements reduces the financial dependency on commercial third-party testing labs.  

They chose the OE750 with Fe, Al, Cu, Ni, Zn, Mg, Ti and Sn bases. Our discussions with them were on solder processes, in specific on how Fe, Zn and Mg bases can support die casting applications, the conditions of die cast processes, etc. and how Fe, Cu and Ni alloy applications are related to petrochemicals. 

One of the key reasons this Australian university chose Hitachi was the application and knowledge sharing our experts provided on different testing methods available in the market which allowed the customer to understand what the OE750 could really provide and how it would suit them in terms of metallurgy, related to what they’re dealing with. 

A research institute in Singapore wanted to provide a more hands-on experience among researchers to improve their understanding of material property changes whilst reducing the costs of sending samples out to be analyzed by third party labs, especially for gaseous elements. The key elements of interest for them included iron, aluminum, nickel, and titanium.

One of the key factors in selecting the OE750, which can analyze all elements for complete metals analysis including gaseous elements, was providing an interactive demo and application sharing of different testing methods available in the market by our experts.

A leading engineering and technology university in Thailand with a partner institution in Malaysia.

This university who was keen on iron, aluminum and copper analysis selected Hitachi’s OE750 which is based on CMOS over PMT technology due to specification comparison and easy modifications for future upgrades. 

A polytechnic in Indonesia that wants to become a leading vocational higher education institution in producing graduates competent with international standards and the development of applied technologies relevant to present and future industries. 

They chose the FOUNDRY-MASTER Smart for iron and aluminum applications because of its small footprint, integrated grade database and extensive performance that suits the polytechnic in educating their students toward metallurgy understandings.

More about our spark optical emission spectrometers

Our stationary spark optical emission spectrometers offer the highest levels of accuracy and precision for analytical results. With state-of-the-art CMOS and CCD technology, our powerful yet easy-to-use software package covers almost every application.

The FOUNDRY-MASTER Smart is our entry level analyzer that delivers high-performance, cost-effective analysis in a compact size. With a short start-up and measurement time, this reliable analyzer delivers identification of duplex steels with nitrogen analysis and a unique spark stand, accessible from three sides.

The FM Expert is ideal for companies that need to precisely monitor nitrogen levels down to 30 ppm. The argon purged optics reduce maintenance intervals and the costs of ownership.

The OE Series, which includes the OE750 and OE720, allow you to analyze all main alloying elements and identify exceptionally low levels of tramp, trace and treatment elements in metals, such as nitrogen in steel. The OE750 also covers rare applications like oxygen in copper, and oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen in titanium. This metal analyzer series performs on par with larger and more expensive spectrometers.

Contact us to discover more about our range of OES analyzers or book a demo.

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Date: 10 October 2022

Author: Gavin Soon, Deputy General Manager, APAC Distribution OES

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