Rapid Vitrinite Reflectance & Fluorescence Measurements With the 508 Coal™ from CRAIC Technologies

The 508 Coal™ is used to measure vitrinite reflectance and quickly determine the thermal maturity of coal and coke.

SAN DIMAS, CA – September 23, 2016– Coal is a vital source of energy. The 508 Coal™ is the newest Vitrinite Reflectance Measurement System from CRAIC Technologies and is designed to determine the grade of coal and coke by vitrinite reflectance. This is used ensure that the coal blends used in energy generation are optimum and consistent from batch to batch. However, the 508 Coal™ does far more than that. It can also be used to acquire fluorescence and reflectance spectra of geological samples in order to more accurately grade them.  It even offers a Raman microspectroscopy feature for petrographic analysis.

Vitrinite is a maceral of coal and is comprised of various polymers, cellulose and lignin. Measuring the amount of light reflected by vitrinite macerals is a key test to determine the thermal maturity of the coal blend and its suitability for steel production. The procedure has been standardized by a number of international bodies including both ISO and ASTM. All of the standards require the use of a microscope spectrophotometer such as the 508 Coal™: a device designed to measure the intensity of light reflected from a microscopic sampling area. The procedure is simple: the 508 Coal™ measures the amount of light reflected from samples from the coal blend at hundreds of points after which a statistical analysis is done by the computer. The results of the statistical analysis are used to determine the amount of vitrinite in the coal blend, its thermal maturity and therefore its value for coking. As hundreds of measurements need to be done on each sample, this used to be a very time consuming process. Now the 508 Coal™ can automate this process and dramatically improve a laboratories throughput and accuracy. The results is a histogram from which the thermal maturity of the coal to be used in steel production can be determined.

The 508 Coal™ can also do more than just measure vitrinite reflectance. It can also be used to measure the reflectance and fluorescence spectra of coals in addition to capturing digital images in full color. This ability to do spectroscopy is especially important as using spectroscopy gives a much higher level of discrimination than the measurement of single color.

For more information about the 508 Coal™ Vitrinite Reflectance Measurement System and coal blend analysis, please visit www.microspectra.com.

About CRAIC Technologies

CRAIC Technologies, Inc. is a global technology leader focused on developing technology and methodologies for Raman and UV-visible-NIR microscopy and microspectroscopy. CRAIC Technologies creates innovative solutions, along with the very best in customer support, by listening to our customers and implementing developments that integrate operational excellence and technologic expertise. CRAIC Technologies provides solutions for customers in the forensic sciences, biology, health sciences, semiconductor, geology, nanotechnology and materials science markets whose applications demand accuracy, precision, speed and the best in expert customer support.

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Rapid Vitrinite Reflectance Measurements With GeoImage™ from CRAIC Technologies

GeoImage™ uses a camera to measure vitrinite reflectance and quickly determine the thermal maturity of coal and coke.

SAN DIMAS, CA – September 15, 2017– Coal is a vital source of energy. GeoImage™ is the newest Vitrinite Reflectance Measurement System from CRAIC Technologies and is designed to determine the grade of coal and coke by vitrinite reflectance per the ISO 7404-5 and ASTM D2798 standards. These procedures are used ensure that the coal blends used in energy generation and steel making are optimal and consistent from batch to batch. However, GeoImage™ does far more than that. It can also be run either manually or automatically or acquire high resolution color images of the reflectance and fluorescence of coal samples.  It also features a point counting module as well as a number of sophisticated image analysis routines.  GeoImage™ can also be used in conjunction with CRAIC's microspectrometers to also acquire reflectance and fluorescence spectra of the coal samples.

Vitrinite is a maceral of coal and is comprised of various polymers, cellulose and lignin. Measuring the amount of light reflected by vitrinite macerals is a key test to determine the thermal maturity of the coal blend and its suitability for steel production. The procedure has been standardized by a number of international bodies including both ISO and ASTM. All of the standards require the use of a solution such as GeoImage™ to measure the intensity of light reflected from a microscopic area on the sample. The procedure is simple: GeoImage™ measures the amount of light reflected from coal samples, using a high resolution camera fitted to a petrographic microscope.  Hundreds of points are measured on the sample and the results of the statistical analysis of the data are used to determine the amount of vitrinite in the coal blend, its thermal maturity and thus its energy content. As hundreds of measurements need to be done on each sample, this used to be a very time consuming process. Now, with GeoImage™, hundreds of points can quickly measured to dramatically improve a throughput and accuracy.  GeoImage™ can also be automated for even faster results.

GeoImage™ can also do more than just measure vitrinite reflectance. It can also be used for point counting to the fraction of different macerals in a coal sample.  The system can also be used to capture high resolution digital images in full color of coal in both fluorescence and reflectance. This ability to perform multiple analytical techniques with a single instrument is a hallmark of CRAIC Technologies solutions.  

For more information about GeoImage™ Vitrinite Reflectance Measurement System and vitrinite reflectance analysis, please visit www.microspectra.com.

About CRAIC Technologies

CRAIC Technologies, Inc. is a global technology leader focused on developing technology and methodologies for Raman and UV-visible-NIR microscopy and microspectroscopy. CRAIC Technologies creates innovative solutions, along with the very best in customer support, by listening to our customers and implementing developments that integrate operational excellence and technologic expertise. CRAIC Technologies provides solutions for customers in the forensic sciences, biology, health sciences, semiconductor, geology, nanotechnology and materials science markets whose applications demand accuracy, precision, speed and the best in expert customer support.

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CRAIC Technologies, Inc.

www.microspectra.com

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+1-310-573-8180

CRAIC Technologies Website: A Resource for UV-Visible-NIR and Raman Microspectroscopy

The inclusion of extensive scientific and technical materials relating to UV-visible-NIR and Raman imaging and spectroscopy of microscopic features makes CRAIC Technology’s website a unique resource for many fields.

San Dimas, CA (August 10, 2016)-- CRAIC Technologies, the world’s leading innovator of UV-visible-NIR and Raman microspectroscopy solutions, is pleased to announce it's new website at www.microspectra.com. The site includes a substantial amount of detailed product information, technical information on both microscopy and microspectroscopy in the Technical Support section and much more. The new website also provides many features such as customer forums, grant assistance and enhanced search capabilities.

“CRAIC Technologies possesses many years of experience in UV-visible-NIR and Raman microscopy, spectroscopy and micro-scale analysis.   We also have extensive experience in many of the fields that utilize our instruments” states Dr. Paul Martin, President of CRAIC Technologies. “As a service oriented company, we are happy to share our knowledge with others. We intend to have our website serve as a resource in the fields of both microscopy and spectroscopy.”

The CRAIC Technologies website www.microspectra.com now contains extensive amounts of technical and scientific information that is available to visitors under the support section. This includes information on the science behind microscopy, spectroscopy and microspectroscopy as well as commonly used formulas.   Additionally, visitors may register for access to CRAIC Technologies extensive publications archive and customer fomicromicrosrums. Detailed service and technical support information are also available to registered CRAIC Technologies customers.

About CRAIC Technologies: CRAIC Technologies, Inc. is a global technology leader focused on innovations for microscopy and microspectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared regions. CRAIC Technologies creates cutting-edge solutions, with the very best in customer support, by listening to our customers and implementing solutions that integrate operational excellence and technology expertise. CRAIC Technologies provides answers for customers in forensic sciences, biotechnology, semiconductor, geology, nanotechnology and materials science markets who demand quality, accuracy, precision, speed and the best in customer support.

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Circular Polarization Spectroscopy of Microscopic Samples

CRAIC Technologies announces the addition of circular polarization spectroscopy capabilities to CRAIC Technologies microspectrophotometers.

San Dimas, CA (March 12, 2015)– CRAIC Technologies, a leading innovator of UV-visible-NIR microanalysis solutions, is proud to announce the addition of circular polarization spectroscopy capabilities to CRAIC microspectrophotometers.  This unique feature is offered as packages that allow the user to measure the circular polarization spectra in either transmission or reflectance modes.  T he ability to measure circular polarization microspectra™ represents a powerful new tool for both materials science and biological research. 

 “The circular polarization package adds a powerful and unique feature set to CRAIC Technologies microspectrophotometers.  Now our customers are able to measure the circular polarization spectra of samples with either transmission or incident illumination” says Dr. Paul Martin, president of CRAIC Technologies.  “Our engineers worked with our customers to create a flexible package that allows one to measure the circular polarization spectra of micron scale sample areas.  This allows for maximum versatility in experimental microspectroscopy.” 

CRAIC Technology’s circular polarization package consists of optics and hardware designed to be added to CRAIC Technologies microspectrophotometers.  As such, it can used to measure the circular polarization spectra in both transmission and incident illumination modes.  This unique capability is being offered with all CRAIC microspectrophotometers.  Simple to use, the package offers a new and powerful capability for CRAIC microspectrophotometers customers.

For more information on the UV-visible-NIR polarization package and CRAIC Technologies microspectrophotometers, visit www.microspectra.com.

About CRAIC Technologies: CRAIC Technologies, Inc. is a global technology leader focused on innovations for microscopy and microspectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared regions.  CRAIC Technologies creates cutting-edge solutions, with the very best in customer support, by listening to our customers and implementing solutions that integrate operational excellence and technology expertise.  CRAIC Technologies provides answers for customers in forensic sciences, biotechnology, semiconductor, geology, nanotechnology and materials science markets who demand quality, accuracy, precision, speed and the best in customer support.

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CRAIC Technologies, Inc.

http://www.microspectra.com/

sales@microspectra.com

+1-310-573-8180

Small Spot Film Thickness, UV Microscopy and Raman Microspectroscopy of Large Scale Devices- The 20/30 XL™ from CRAIC Technologies

The 20/30 XL™ is designed to work with large scale samples, such as 300 mm wafers, to measure thin film thickness as well as the Raman spectra of microscopic sampling areas.  The 20/30 XL™ also offers UV microscopy, a full spectroscopy suite as well as either manual or automated operation.  Because of the flexible instrument design, the is no upper limit to the sample size which makes this instrument perfect for everything from quality control of the largest flat panel displays to film thickness of 300 mm wafers. 

 

San Dimas, CA – April 1, 2015 -- CRAIC Technologies has developed a new solution for the semiconductor industry: the 20/30 XL™ Film Thickness Measurement Tool. The 20/30 XL™ is a microspectrophotometer is designed to non-destructively analyze microscopic areas of very large samples.   This system offers the ability to measure the thickness of thin films in both transmission and reflectance.  If also offers the ability to measure the Raman spectra of microscopic samples, along with Ultraviolet and Near Infrared microscopy of semiconductor and other types of samples.  Due to its flexible design, which gives it the ability to analyze the largest samples, applications are numerous and include mapping thin film thickness of large devices, locating and identifying contaminants, measuring strain in silicon and much more.  With the ability to spectrally analyze and image microscopic samples or microscopic areas on large devices, the 20/30 XL™ microspectrophotometer is the cutting-edge micro-analysis tool for anufacturing facilities. 

2030 XL Violet-418x623.jpg“CRAIC Technologies has been an innovator in the field of UV-visible-NIR microanalysis since its founding. We have helped to advance the field of microscale analysis with innovative instrumentation, software, research and teaching. The 20/30 XL™ microspectrophotometer was born out of demand from our industrial customers to be able to microscopic features of very large devices by small spot film thickness measurement, Raman microspectroscopy and spectral imaging from the deep UV to the near IR” states Dr. Paul Martin, President of CRAIC Technologies. “As such, we have listened to our customers and created the 20/30 XL™, a system backed by years of experience in designing, building and the using of this type of instrumentation for spectroscopic and image analysis.”

The 20/30 XL™ microspectrophotometer offers an advanced film thickness measurement unit, a Raman spectrometer, a sophisticated UV-visible-NIR range microscope, high-resolution digital imaging and powerful, easy-to-use software.  This flexible instrument is designed to attach to large frames that can accomodate large scale samples.  It is able to acquire data from microscopic features of very large samples by absorbance, reflectance or even luminescence spectroscopy.   By including high-resolution digital imaging, the user is also able to use the instrument as a ultraviolet or infrared microscope.  Additionally, CRAIC Apollo™ Raman spectroscopy modules may be added so the user may also acquire small spot Raman spectra.  Touch screen controls, sophisticated software, calibrated variable apertures and other innovations all point to a new level of sophistication for microanalysis.   With high sensitivity, durable design, ease-of-use, multiple imaging and spectroscopic techniques, automation and the support of CRAIC Technologies, the 20/30 XL™ is more than just a quality control measurement tool…it is the solution to your analytical challenges.

For more information on the 20/30 XL Film ™ Thickness Measurement Tool and the Perfect Vision for Science™, visit http://www.microspectra.com/.

About CRAIC Technologies:CRAIC Technologies, Inc. is a global technology leader focused on innovations for microscopy and microspectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared regions.  CRAIC Technologies creates cutting-edge solutions, with the very best in customer support, by listening to our customers and implementing solutions that integrate operational excellence and technology expertise.  CRAIC Technologies provides answers for customers in forensic sciences, biotechnology, semiconductor, geology, nanotechnology and materials science markets who demand quality, accuracy, precision, speed and the best in customer support.

Contact information:

CRAIC Technologies, Inc.

http://www.microspectra.com/

sales@microspectra.com
+1-310-573-8180