Accurate, Non-Destructive Material Testing Using Handheld FTIR Spectrometry

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The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR
Key Features of 4300 Handheld FTIR
Applications of 4300 Handheld FTIR
About Agilent Technologies


Generating actionable, on-site results is crucial for the success of applications. From verifying polymer identity and authenticity, to performance testing of coatings, improving composite bonding, and measuring metal surface contamination. This is achievable with the versatile and ergonomic 4300 Handheld FTIR from Agilent Technologies.

The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR

The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR (Figure 1) is suitable to perform at-site, mid-IR measurement of objects composed of high-value materials. With an optimized design, the handheld FTIR spectrometer enables rapid scanning of large surface areas, and skillfully validates factors such as wear, authenticity, quality and identity. Moreover, objects can be directly analyzed without removing a sample.

Figure 1. The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR

The 4300 Handheld FTIR allows taking measurements wherever they are required, irrespective of the location or physical size of the object (Figure 2). It yields results immediately and in real time, making insightful decisions about factors such as surface contamination and quality control becomes easier. It enables Positive Material Identification, thanks to its ability to non-destructively determine, validate, categorize, and authenticate counterfeits in a myriad of materials.

Figure 2. The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR spectrometer eliminates the need to take samples to the instrument, so you can non-destructively measure objects of any size or form factor.

The 4300 Handheld FTIR facilitates performing in-service measurements to assess materials during their lifetime, and determine the impact of use and environment on wear characteristics. Additionally, the spectrometer optimizes productivity by facilitating rapid scanning of large surface areas and locating the key measurement points.

With a weight of less than 2.2Kg, the 4300 Handheld FTIR is suitable to perform mobile measurements. With an ultra-short, internal optical path and optimized electronics, the spectrometer provides unprecedented results for the most demanding applications. It allows anyone to obtain reliable results, thanks to its bespoke, easy-switch sample interfaces, intuitive software and zero-alignment optics.

Key Features of 4300 Handheld FTIR

The following are the key features of the 4300 Handheld FTIR:

  • Superior performance – A proven interferometer design, low-noise electronics, optically matched sample interfaces, and ultra-short internal optical path provide better spectral data.
  • More reproducible results – Optimized ergonomics enables better quality results, particularly for analyses requiring numerous measurement points, longer measurement times, or on physically constrained objects
  • Ideal detectorDGTS detector provides broad spectral coverage for routine analysis, and the thermoelectrically cooled MCT detector is ideally suited for applications demanding high speed and performance, and for obtaining several spectra over large surface areas.
  • Real-time measurementsAgilent MicroLab Mobile Measurement software is designed and optimized for the Agilent portable and handheld spectrometers. Its real-time spectral display supports the rapid scanning capability of the 4300 MCT system.
  • Rapid scanning – The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR integrated with MCT detector provides rapid and convenient mapping of the surface of materials.
  • Prolonged operation – The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR is powered by lithium ion batteries, which can be changed easily even when the system is running.
  • Flexibility – Interchangeable, snap-on interfaces eliminate the need for alignment and are custom designed to complement electronics and optics. These interfaces are equipped with RFID to ascertain their correct matching to the specific method needed for an analysis.
  • Efficient control – An integrated touch screen runs all system and data acquisition functions and can be tilted for easy viewing in ambient light.
  • Fast execution –Methods and commands can be executed rapidly with the click of a button.
  • Agilent Microlab Mobile Software – It is a perfect match for the 4300 Handheld FTIR. The combination of robust analytical capability and an intuitive user interface enables users of all levels to acquire highly reliable data with minimal training.

Applications of 4300 Handheld FTIR

The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR provides non-destructive, at-field measurements across various industries. The role of the spectrometer in paints, coatings, automotive, and aerospace is as follows:

  • Coatings – Measure degradation; verify thickness, composition and uniformity; and ascertain proper surface preparation
  • Polymers - Detect contaminants; confirm composition and authenticity; and test for curing
  • Composites – Test for curing; assess thermal, chemical, and environmental damage; analyze surface plasma treatment; and validate composition
  • Rubber and elastomers - Quantify the composition of carbon-filled materials, such as tires

In the food industry, the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR is used to:

  • Analyze fruit and vegetable ripeness
  • Measure soil composition and chemistry

The Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR is also employed in the art and historical object conservation world to:

  • Confirm authenticity
  • Determine paper and textile composition
  • Analyze pigments, paints, fillers, and lacquers

In the mining and geology applications, the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR is used in:

  • Analysis of rocks, minerals and ores
  • Measurement of soil composition

For metals, the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR:

  • Measures surface contamination
  • Ensures the surface preparation for coating
  • Monitors surface cleaning processes

In the energy and chemicals industry, the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR is used to:

  • Quantify thermal damage and coating wear on composite wind turbine blades
  • Determine engineering components (such as gaskets, seals and O-rings) by composition
  • Monitor UV degradation of polymers utilized in solar panel arrays
  • Determine and qualify films and coatings for key applications in the exploration and handling of oil and gas.

About Agilent Technologies

As the world's premier measurement company, Agilent is committed to providing innovative measurement solutions that enable our customers and partners-- the leaders in their fields -- to deliver products and services that make a measurable difference in the lives of people everywhere. With a singular focus on measurement, Agilent helps:

  • Advance next-generation wireless communications
  • Aid the military to become more flexible, mobile and reliable
  • Enable non-destructive subsurface electronic testing of semiconductor materials
  • Analyze the causes and cures for disease
  • Make the world more safe and secure from crime and drugs
  • Aid in the discovery and quality of medicines
  • Keep our air, water, soil and food clean and safe

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