We are the world leader in X-ray analysis systems – with the world's largest installed base, an extensive product range, and an unrivaled sales and service network.
As such, we are able to offer you cutting-edge and comprehensive insight, knowledge and tools as you strive to improve process and quality control and to improve materials research. And in this way, as your partner, we can do much to bring about a healthier and safer world, and a better life for all.
Science for the real world
PANalytical was founded half a century ago as part of the Philips organization. We quickly gained a growing reputation for utilizing highly scientific X-ray analysis technology in order to add proven and demonstrable added value for customers in science and industry.
The process of harnessing science to real world needs is central to our activities, and is achieved by working closely together with scientists and professionals in research and industrial laboratories.
This open and interactive approach of 'Winning by Sharing' gives us a unique ability to anticipate and respond to the constantly changing demands of society.
Better lives, worldwide
Consequently, we see our X-ray Fluorescence and X-ray Diffraction systems being used in more and more industries – in order to deliver ever-improving levels of accuracy and efficiency.
Together with our customers around the world, we are contributing greatly towards the drive for better housing, safer cars and airplanes, more effective medical therapies, easier and cheaper communications, and a healthier environment. Every day, billions of people use an incredible range of products that have been improved with the help of materials characterization through X-ray analysis.
In 2002, we were incorporated into Spectris as one of their autonomous operating businesses. Our core values remained unchanged, and we continue to be committed to leadership and innovation, customer satisfaction, safety, environmental health, ethical standards, integrity, fairness, trust and mutual respect.
PANalytical is the world's leading supplier of analytical instrumentation and software for X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), with more than half a century of experience. The materials characterization equipment is used for scientific research and development, for industrial process control applications and for semiconductor metrology.
PANalytical, formerly Philips Analytical, employs around 850 people worldwide. Its headquarters are in Almelo, The Netherlands.
Fully equipped application laboratories are established in Japan, China, the USA and The Netherlands. PANalytical's research activities are based in Almelo (NL) and on the campus of the University of Sussex in Brighton (UK). Competence and supply centers are located on two sites in the Netherlands: Almelo (development and production of X-ray instruments) and Eindhoven (development and production of X-ray tubes). A sales and service network in more than 60 countries ensures unrivalled levels of customer support.
The company is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001.
The product portfolio includes a broad range of XRD and XRF systems and software widely used for the analysis and materials characterization of products such as cement, metals and steel, nanomaterials, plastics, polymers and petrochemicals, industrial minerals, glass, catalysts, semiconductors, thin films and advanced materials, pharmaceutical solids, recycled materials and environmental samples.
Global concern over the environment and the impact of industry and consumerism continues to grow. Tougher legislation demands a big reduction in the release of toxic elements, notably heavy metals, into the environment. Whether it is the disposal of house-hold refuse, the use of fertilizers in agriculture or the reclamation of contaminated land - environmental protection requires the analysis of highly diverse material types and element concentrations.
In this diversity lies one of the strengths of the X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. It supports a diverse array of applications in geology, agriculture, use of fossil and secondary fuels, industrial emissions monitoring, recycling, catalyst production, electronics and electrical appliance manufacture and many others. Samples such as solid pieces, pressed powders, loose powders and granules, liquids and thin films (e.g. filters) can be placed directly into the XRF instrument, and calibrations cover wide dynamic concentration ranges (sub-ppm to %).
PANalytical offers a range of instruments from bench-top EDXRF spectrometers to flexible, high performance WDXRF spectrometers. The Epsilon 5 EDXRF spectrometer was developed specifically to address the heavy-metal analysis requirements of many environmental applications. Optional standardless software modules like Epsilon 5's AutoQuantify and Axios' IQ+ can handle a wide variety of sample types and physical forms with a single calibration. Prior knowledge of the sample chemistry is not required.
Trace element analysis
PANalytical's Pro-Trace, consists of software and high quality standards and brings accurate and precise quantification close to the sub-ppm detection limits achievable on our Axios spectrometer. Pro-Trace can be used for trace element analysis in materials ranging from rocks and ores to coals and biomass, supporting applications in geology, agriculture, cement manufacture and fossil and secondary fuels usage.
Respirable silica samples are routinely analyzed using X-ray diffraction, in accordance with OSHA, MSHA or NIOSH methods. The CubiX PRO X-ray diffraction system along with X'Pert Industry software for automated quantitative analysis provides the customer with a highly sensitive and accurate method for analysis or carcinogenic silica phases collected on air filters.