Thermo Fisher Scientific To Highlight New Mining Sample Collection and Preparation Tool Kits at Upcoming Mining Trade Shows

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Thermo Scientific Sample Collection and Preparation Tools Continue Tradition of Bringing the Lab to the Field; Thermo Scientific Niton FXL with Improved Light Element Analysis and Version 8.0 Software Also To Be Showcased at 2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and PDAC 2012

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced it will highlight its new Thermo Scientific Mining Sample Collection and Preparation Tool kits, comprising the Thermo Scientific Direct Rock Sampler Kit and the Thermo Scientific Electric Hammer Mill Kit, at two upcoming mining trade shows/exhibits (details below). Offering the instruments of choice in elemental analysis solutions for mining and exploration, Thermo Fisher is a pioneer in portable XRF technology.

2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit The company will be at the 2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit, February 19-22, 2012, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, Washington, booth #2402.

PDAC 2012

From March 4-7, 2012, we will be at PDAC 2012, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, booth #504. Elemental Controls Limited, a leading distributor of Thermo Scientific Niton XRF instruments, will be in the booth as well.

Complementary Solution to XRF Analysi s

With the proven analytical performance of Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers, such as the Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t GOLDD+, in the field at all stages of the exploration, mining and refining processes, the limiting factor in achieving better correlation with laboratory results is proper sample preparation. This limitation is particularly true for the analysis of elements lighter than calcium. For the XRF analysis of geologic materials, the analytical performance is improved by collecting representative aliquots and proper preparation of the sample, which these new tools make possible.

"Whether you're conducting a grass roots exploration or looking to improve your ore processes at an operating mine, the need for more information, with greater accuracy, precision and speed has driven the call for new tools and new solutions," said Jon Shein, senior director of marketing communications for Thermo Scientific Portable Analytical Instruments.

Shein continued, "With more than 2,500 Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers deployed in the global mining markets, we are helping to fulfill those needs. Mining and exploration companies of every size use our analyzers daily to help them make informed decisions. Because we recognize that sampling techniques can greatly impact these results, and in our continuous efforts to bring the lab to the field, we are pleased to introduce our new sample collection and preparation tools."

Sample Collection and Preparation Tool Kits

Never before presented in a commercially available package, the Thermo Scientific Direct Rock Sampler Kit and the Thermo Scientific Electric Hammer Mill Kit offer a unique, complementary solution for XRF analysis in the field (see video). The Direct Rock Sampler allows the collection of fine powders from a rock face or drill core samples, while the Electric Hammer Mill provides the rapid milling of samples and delivers a homogenized, fine powder in just seconds. These compact, portable, battery-powered tool kits provide everything needed to deal with geological materials for elemental analysis on-site to help deliver high-quality analytical data within minutes rather than days or weeks. The sample pellet press tool included with both kits generates a sample with a consistent flat surface and density, minimizing matrix effects; requires less than 5 grams of sample, reducing sample collection efforts; does not require sample film, which reduces light element performance.

Niton FXL Field X-ray Lab with Improved Light Element Detection

Combining the advantages of the sample collection and preparation tools with the improved light element detection limits of the Niton® FXL field x-ray lab means that users involved in iron ore, bauxite, nickel laterite, limestone and other types of mining will realize direct benefits with noticeable improvements in accuracy. Housed in a compact, portable package that can be operated virtually anywhere on-site, this elemental analysis lab is both dust- and water-resistant to operate flawlessly in harsh environments. Not only does this breakthrough instrument include advanced batteries that support extended continuous operation on a single charge, it does not need air filters that can clog if not maintained.

Version 8.0 Software Released

Version 8.0 of Thermo Scientific Niton Data Transfer (NDT) software features significant changes and enhancements for Niton XL2 Series and Niton XL3t Series XRF analyzers. Of particular interest to the mining and exploration markets are the following:

- Additional Calibration Factors in Mining analysis - increased number of cal factor sets from 4 to 20 allow more user-defined matrix adjustments to mining mode
- Pseudo Elements for the Niton XL2 - migration of popular feature from the Niton XL3t platform to the Niton XL2 platform
- Pseudo Elements database - most commonly used pseudo elements, such as oxides, are listed onboard by default for ease of use and minimizing possibility of error
- Improved Empirical (in NDT(TM) ) User Mode - User friendly empirical modeling software for users who want to insert linear regression into Niton XL2 or Niton XL3t analyzers

Thermo Fisher Scientific customers are served through corporate resources and a dedicated network of more than 70 distributors and 30 factory-trained service centers around the world. Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers are available in a range of configurations and with an assortment of optional features and accessories to suit a wide variety of analytical needs.

For more information in advance of the 2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit or PDAC 2012, or to schedule an on-site demonstration, contact a local Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers representative or Thermo Fisher Scientific directly at 800-875-1578 (toll-free U.S.), +1 978-670-7460, via email at niton@thermofisher.com or by visiting http://www.thermoscientific.com/niton.
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