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.



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.

Environmental Solutions

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 solutions

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

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.



Completely new in the Axios lineup is a low-power (1 kW) spectrometer. This instrument shares the same platform as the more powerful AxiosmAX systems, but it is cooled internally and does not need an additional external chiller for installation. Axios 1 kW is the ideal, cost-effective spectrometer for applications with lower throughput requirements, but where accuracy and repeatability remain critical parameters.

Model Epsilon 5 - X-ray Tubes

The Epsilon 5 Tube is a 100 kV tube specially designed for PANalytical's Epsilon 5 XRF spectrometer. It has unique patented gadolinium and scandium/tungsten anodes, providing optimal performance in combination with the available secondary targets of the spectrometer. The design is based on our successful 100kV Side Window Tube and incorporates many innovations to meet the most stringent demands of present day XRF applications. The Epsilon 5 Tube is ...



Capitalize on your investment PANalytical EXPERTISE programs are designed to ensure that the capabilities of your XRF spectrometer or XRD system are fully realized. They provide priority access to the company’s unrivalled application knowledge and experience in analytical X-ray methodologies. Priority access to PANalytical know-how With the EXPERTISE program you gain priority access to PANalytical expertise in: Sample preparation ...


Powerful on-line support Uninterrupted analysis and the control that X-ray analysis brings to your process-critical applications is your goal. Maximum system uptime is ours. New-generation IT connectivity provides the opportunity to develop new and improved support tools that guarantee you the fastest possible response. PANalytical leadership With PANassist Connect, Diagnostics, Certification and Alert options, we offer a comprehensive approach ...



Small-angle X-ray scattering analysis made easy Particle size distribution analysis EasySAXS is a stand-alone, easy-to-use software package for the automated analysis of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) data from samples containing nanoparticles (such as nanopowders, nanoparticle dispersions and nanocomposites) and from porous materials. It reads in experimental data files, performs background correction, estimates particle / pore size ...


The benchmark for standardless analysis software PANalytical’s Omnian package is the perfect solution for characterization and analysis of unknown samples, or in situations where certified standards that match specific sample characteristics are not available. Omnian is a module of the proven SuperQ and MiniPal 4 software suites and is designed to be used in conjunction with PANalytical’s Axios sequential wavelength dispersive XRF (WDXRF) and ...


X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Fluorescence Training Courses

'Winning by Sharing' is the philosophy we realise in the seminars, training and application courses for our customers all over the world. They offer you a platform where you can share knowledge and experience with us, with fellow users and with partners in the various industries we serve. The comments, suggestions and requirements we receive from our users are of essential importance to us. They form an inexhaustible source of information that fuels ...


ACHEMA 2012, ET 2010 (Environmental Technology 2010), Pittcon 2012


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