Spectro Launches Metal Analyzer App


Spectro Analytical Instruments, a unit of Ametek Inc., now offers Spectro MMA, a free readout app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that works with the latest version of the high-performance Spectrotest mobile metal analyzer.

Spectro initially designed the Spectrotest mobile metal analyzer for precise element analyses and rapid material identification with metal production, processing and recycling industries in mind. The instrument is mounted on a robust, lightweight trolley. The instrument’s 4- or 8-m hose connects the sample probe to the instrument, allowing for maximum range of movement and ease of use.

“The Spectrotest comes with a 15-inch display so results can be read easily even from far away,” said Marcus Freit, Spectro product manager. “The user only needs to have a clear view of the display, something that isn’t always possible with some applications.”

Spectro developed the Spectro MMA App to save users from having to walk back and forth to the instrument. It uses W-LAN to transfer the measuring results from the Spectrotest to an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. With the Spectrotest’s built-in W-LAN adapter, having a wireless network onsite is not necessary. It establishes a direct connection between the two devices.

Additionally, the Spectro MMA brings important instrument parameters to the user. Depending on the work mode, for example, it informs the user if material specifications have been exceeded. The operator also can enter sample numbers with the app.

“We don’t intend the app to be a remote control for the Spectrotest,” Freit said. “Basic settings are still made on the instrument, and its keyboard with track ball and 15-inch display are better suited for that. The app, however, does provide the user a definite plus in terms of comfort.”

The Spectro MMA App is available for free at Apple’s app store. In addition to the Spectro MMA App, Spectro offers a web-based solution to display measurement results and enter sample identification on external devices. The app is available for the current Spectrotest and SPECTROMAXx models.

Visit www.spectro.com for more information.