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:: QEMSCAN® R-series Delivers Data On-the-spot

Ruggedized to suit field and travel conditions, the R-series QEMSCAN® is a key part of the ‘lab-in-a-box’ mobile, selfcontained laboratory concept outlined in the December 2007 Sift.

Potential locations for using the QEMSCAN® R-series include mining and oil and gas exploration camps, mine sites, quarries, and minerals and coal processing facilities, where it will allow on-site technicians to carry out routine sample measurements, producing detailed quantitative mineralogical measurements, and generate standard reports.

Intellection CEO Calvin Treacy said the R-series QEMSCAN® would give users valuable information for on-the-spot decision making. “As promised, we’ve made it more rugged, faster to install, simpler to use, and easier to service in the field," said Calvin.

“Its functionality is similar to that of the larger QEMSCAN® E-series, but with a simpler user interface and reduced range of options to keep it cost-effective for site use. “When more complex analysis is required, the QEMSCAN® R-series can do the scanning on location, and data can be sent back via built-in remote access functionality to a central laboratory equipped with an E-series system, with the full suite of analysis tools."

Users can choose from two R-series models - the R410-2, with two EDS detectors, and the high volume R410-4, with four EDS detectors. The automated systems can operate unattended, non-stop for over 48 hours. Reliability has been a critical factor in the R-series’ design, particularly given the difficulties of servicing in remote locations. Calvin said, “The R-series uses the same technology that has proven itself time and again to QEMSCAN® E-series users.

“We have used the highest quality instruments from leading international suppliers such as Carl Zeiss and Bruker." The system’s development was in part funded by a $5 million AusIndustry grant awarded to Intellection in November 2006 to develop portable technologies.

Intellection expects to carry out the first R-series customer installations in the second half of 2008.




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