This year’s European Powder Diffraction Conference (EPDIC16) is the stage for Malvern Panalytical’s new Empyrean platform, an instrument that redefines the concept of multipurpose X-ray diffraction.

Users who want to maximise the utilisation of their diffractometer, minimise time spent for training, or reduce time wasted on faulty measurements will profit from this third generation of Malvern Panalytical’s renowned system.

The new Empyrean is one of the first fully automated multipurpose X-ray diffractometers, allowing a wide variety of measurements without manual intervention. The newly developed MultiCore Optics, featuring iCore and dCore, are taking over and ensure easy automatic switching between configurations. There is no need for the instrument to pause during nights or weekends, waiting for an operator to switch optics. Instead, preprogrammed batches of samples can be measured without intervention.

The easy access to measuring routines considerably reduces the time needed for training of students or operators, and reduces chances for errors even at more advanced applications. However, expert users will still be able to perform specialised advanced measurements by employing specific optics, which can be fine-tuned to obtain the best possible data.

Malvern Panalytical’s proprietary renowned pre-aligned fast interchangeable X-ray modules (PreFIX) allow an easy exchange of those optics without the need for re-alignment. As an additional benefit, all optics are now automatically recognised by the system, simplifying the exchange and eliminating errors due to wrong reporting of measurement conditions.

Malvern Panalytical product manager of Empyrean Fabio Masiello is very clear about the new Empyrean’s advantages: “The simplicity and accessibility delivered by the MultiCore Optics on our new Empyrean could increase utilisation of diffractometers in the lab by around 35% and they help even inexperienced users to achieve good X-ray diffraction data.

“Anyone who thought that X-ray diffraction would only be for the experienced researcher can now perform advanced experiments with less chance for errors”.

Fabio will demonstrate the features of the new Empyrean at EPDIC and answer the audience’s questions.