Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc

- Model AIM-9000 - Infrared Microscope



The AIM-9000 is an automated, easy-to-use FTIR microscope that simplifies micro analysis with a 30,000:1 S/N ratio, automatic contaminant recognition, and optional wide field camera.

Load Sample

Loading Samples Is Easy
Pressing the [Eject Sample] button makes it easy to load and remove samples by automatically lowering the stage and switching the objectives to expand space. Furthermore, the lower Condenser mirror can be removed to enable reflectance/ATR measurements of samples up to 40 mm thick.

Golden contamination adherent on metal plate

Shimadzu's proprietary wide-field camera and microscope camera help observe samples efficiently. In addition to observing a large area up to 10 x 13 mm, the wide-field camera also supports variable digital zooming. Furthermore, by sharing positional information with the microscope camera, it achieves a digital zoom function capable of zooming to a magnification of about 330x for observing extremely small areas as small as 30 x 40 µm. (The microscope camera supports variable digital zoom magnifications up to 10x.)

* The wide-field camera (P/N 206-32605-41) is optional.

Automatically Determine Measurement Positions - Automatic Contaminant Recognition System
A function that automatically recognizes contaminants is included standard. The analyst simply clicks one button and the software automatically recognizes the contaminant. It even determines the optimal aperture size and angle in only one second. Two models are available: the standard model and a model optimized for extremely small areas. Users can choose the best model for their application. The automatically determined measurement positions can either be measured without editing or the analyst can add or delete measurement positions. Sample images are stored into the measured spectra automatically. The sample and measurement positions can be easily identified later.

Automatic Identification of Contaminants - Contaminant Analysis Program
The contaminante analysis program-the functionality for automatically qualifying contaminants is included as a standard feature in LabSolutions IR software. Measured spectra using AIMsolution can be loaded directly into LabSolutions IR and analyzed. The contaminant analysis program identifies measured contaminants with high precision using a spectral library for substances commonly detected as contaminants in combination with Shimadzu's proprietary identification algorithm (patent pending).

Contaminant Analysis Program Features

  • It includes spectra for over 550 inorganic substances, organic substances, and polymers commonly detected in contaminant analysis.
  • It not only searches for spectra, but it also applies a special algorithm focused on spectral characteristics.
  • Searching for spectra, determining matches, and preparing reports are all automated.
  • Even for contaminants that are mixtures, it searches for primary and secondary components and also displays the probability of candidate substances.


Perform Infrared Measurements Smoothly While Viewing Visible Images - Visible/Infrared Dual View System
Infrared spectra can be measured while checking a visible image of the sample. Spectra can be measured while confirming the position of contaminants, which avoids the trouble of switching back and forth between the visible light and infrared light.

Used in combination with the tiling function, visible observations and infrared measurements can be performed anywhere within the stage operating range, which does not need to reposition the sample.

  • Image view of the visible light and infrared optical path
  • Green light: visible light optical path
  • Red light: infrared optical path

Visualize Components - Chemical Imaging* -
The invisible distribution of chemicals can be visualized based on peak height or area, multivariate analysis (PCR/MCR), or spectral similarity to target spectra.

Chemical image of pharmaceutical powder

  • Rolled pharmacuetical products with a diamond cell and then mapping measured.
  • Right figure represents the distribution of powder components, such as lactose, lipid, and cellulose.
  • Color display can be switched freely between single-color and multi-color.

Perform Ultra Micro Analysis - Best-in-Class Signal-to-Noise Ratio
The AIM-9000 optimized for measuring extremely small areas. The AIM-9000 achieves 30,000:1 signal-to-noise ratios, the best in its class. Consequently, it can quickly obtain excellent spectra from even extremely small contaminants.

Transmission measurement of polystyrene beads
A ø10 µm polystyrene bead was measured by transmittance method. Low noise and high quality spectrum of very small sample was obtained with only small number of scan.

Perform High-Sensitivity ATR Measurement - Samples with High Refractive Index
The Ge prism (P/N 206-32600-41) has an anti-reflective coating that provides high sensitivity for over 50% higher throughput. Due to a steeper incident angle for the infrared light, compared to the previous model, the AIM-9000 is able to acquire excellent distortion-free ATR spectra even when measuring samples with a high refractive index, such as black rubber.

ATR measurement of black rubber
An acrylonitrilebutadiene rubber (NBR) with 50wt% carbon was measured by Ge-ATR objective. A clear peak of C=C-H out-of-plane bending mode was obtained at 970cm-1, which was strained by conventional ATR objective.

Fully Support Identification of Contaminants
Tap Water/Food Contaminants Library and Thermal-Damaged Plastics Library*

Tap Water/Food Contaminants Library (P/N 206-30390-91)
This unique library was created by Shimadzu especially for analyzing contaminants in tap water and food products. The library includes information about samples actually collected as contaminants and service parts commercially marketed for tap water applications. It also includes a collection of X-ray fluorescence profiles (PDF files). Consequently, it can significantly improve the precision of contaminant searches. Unlike the previous libraries, this is a mixture library that covers the extensive knowledge and experience necessary for qualitative analysis.

Thermal-Damaged Plastics Library (P/N 206-33039-91)
This unique library includes information about plastics that have degraded due to oxidation by heating. The library is especially useful for analyzing degraded contaminant substances, which are common.

* Shimadzu create the library using spectra obtained by Hamamatsu Technical Support Center, Industrial Research Institute of Shizuoka Prefecture.

Electrical and electronic
This is an analysis example of foreign matter attached to the terminal of the electronic parts. By using a wide view camera, observing the entire part of the parts and deciding where to measure can be smoothly done. When a good spectrum is difficult to be provided by the reflection measurement such as thin stain or small alien substances, ATR spectroscopy (Ge prism) is effective.

Machinery and Transportation
This is a example of resin parts exposed to sunlight for long period. By measuring the infrared spectrum of the component cross section, the progress degree of the degradation about depth direction from the surface can be visualized.

Pharmaceutical and Life
This is an analysis example of foreign substances adhering to the surface of a pharmaceutical tablet. By being taken to a diamond cell and rolled, transmission measurement can be performed to various shaped samples.

Petroleum and chemical
This is the polarizing analysis of a film. By using the infrared polarizer, polarization property and orientation of the film can be evaluated.

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