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SPECTROTEST

Mobile Spectrometer for Metal


Analysis
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Unit description

Table of Contents
1 Unit description ................................................................................................... 5
1.1 Function .............................................................................................................................. 5
1.2 Overview ............................................................................................................................. 5
1.2.1 Connections (rear) ................................................................................................. 5
1.2.2 Unit ........................................................................................................................ 6

2 Safety.................................................................................................................. 7
2.1 User information.................................................................................................................. 7
2.2 Intended use ....................................................................................................................... 7
2.3 Prohibited operating conditions .......................................................................................... 8
2.4 Residual risk ....................................................................................................................... 8

3 Technical data................................................................................................... 10
4 Transportation/Set-up ....................................................................................... 11
4.1 Dimensions and weight ..................................................................................................... 11
4.2 Transportation/Set-up ....................................................................................................... 11
4.3 Setting-up.......................................................................................................................... 12
4.4 Argon supply (spark mode) ............................................................................................... 13
4.4.1 Argon bottle fastening.......................................................................................... 13

5 Operation .......................................................................................................... 14
5.1 Overview of controls ......................................................................................................... 14
5.1.1 Unit and sample probe ........................................................................................ 14
5.1.2 Brightness adjustment ......................................................................................... 14
5.2 Displays ............................................................................................................................ 15
5.2.1 Sample probe ...................................................................................................... 15
5.3 Preparing the unit for operation ........................................................................................ 16
5.4 Switching the unit on ......................................................................................................... 16
5.5 Standby mode ................................................................................................................... 16
5.6 Switching the unit off ......................................................................................................... 17
5.7 Carrying out the measurement ......................................................................................... 17
5.7.1 Preparing the measurement ................................................................................ 17
5.7.2 Measuring ............................................................................................................ 18
Measurement example: analysis ......................................................................... 18
Measurement example: identity check ................................................................ 18
Standardization of the unit (ICALization) ............................................................. 19
5.8 Replacing parts of sample probe ...................................................................................... 20
5.8.1 Sample probe parts overview .............................................................................. 20
5.8.2 Changing the sample probe ................................................................................ 21
5.8.3 Changing the adapter .......................................................................................... 21
5.8.4 Changing the electrode ....................................................................................... 22

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6 Maintenance ..................................................................................................... 23
6.1 Maintenance schedule ...................................................................................................... 23
6.2 Cleaning the adapter ......................................................................................................... 24
6.3 Cleaning the light inlet windows of the sample probe and of the adapter ........................ 24
6.4 Replacing the air filter ....................................................................................................... 25
6.5 Replacing the sample probe air filter ................................................................................ 27
6.6 Replacing the CO2 and fine dust filter unit ........................................................................ 28
6.7 Cleaning/sharpening the electrodes ................................................................................. 29

7 Troubleshooting................................................................................................ 30

8 Spare parts and consumables .......................................................................... 32

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Unit description

1 Unit description

1.1 Function
The sample probe evaporates sample material by means of arc discharge or spark
discharge. In this process, the released atoms and ions are stimulated to emit
radiation. A fiber-optics directs this radiation to the optical system. Here the
radiation is evaluated.
Data are already stored in the unit's memory. The measured values are compared
with these data. The results are then displayed on the screen.

1.2 Overview

1.2.1 Connections (rear)

No. Component No. Component

1 VGA 4 USB

2 RS232 5 Argon connection

3 LAN

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Unit description

1.2.2 Unit

No. Component No. Component

1 Housing (spectrometer) 9 Sample probe

2 Screen 10 Transport carriage/device locking


mechanism

3 Storage compartment 11 Castor brake

4 Sample probe holder 12 Argon bottle retaining strap


Can also be installed on the
side.

5 Transport carriage 13 Type plate


(dismountable)

6 Adapter 14 Air filter

7 Sample probe connection 15 CO2 and fine dust filter (behind


cover)

8 Drawer for optional storage 16 Power supply connection


battery Fuse

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Safety

2 Safety
Every user of the unit must have understood the present Operating Instructions.
This applies in particular to the safety regulations.

2.1 User information


Comply with all of the safety regulations. It serves your safety.
Perform only those maintenance tasks that are described in this manual. Any
further maintenance work (e.g. technical maintenance) or repairs must only
be performed by service personnel that is authorized by the manufacturer.
Observe all of the safety and accident prevention regulations at all times
when operating and maintaining the unit. This is, for example, DIN EN 61010
or a comparable national standard.
The safety measures must be checked after every technical maintenance or
repair. This check is to be performed in accordance with VBG4/DIN EN 61010
or a comparable national standard.
Always have the unit maintained at the intervals specified by the manufacturer
and document the maintenance activities. This serves for maintaining the
operational safety of the unit.
Never tamper with the safety devices! If you feel that a safety device does not
work properly, shut down the unit immediately.
Absolutely observe the information labels provided on the unit.
Use only genuine spare parts for repairing the unit. The use of non-genuine
spare parts will result in the loss of the CE conformity.
The unit may only be connected to power grids with a protective grounding
conductor.
If a castor-equipped unit is used on an inclined floor, it may roll away during
operation. Secure the unit while in operation. This applies also when the unit
is on a transport carriage.
Observe the associated safety regulations when using auxiliary agents and
operating utilities.
Disconnect the unit from power prior to opening it. The unit is only completely
disconnected from power if the power plug is unplugged.

2.2 Intended use


This unit analyzes and identifies metals. Only such metals may be analyzed for
which the unit has been calibrated by the manufacturer or by qualified technical
personnel.

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Safety

2.3 Prohibited operating conditions


Operating the unit is prohibited if one of the following conditions applies:
If the unit is faulty or damaged.
If the unit is not subject to regular maintenance.
If the ambient conditions do not comply with the specification.
If the area where the unit is used is not a commercial/industrial premise.

2.4 Residual risk


This unit has been manufactured in accordance with the state of the art.
Nevertheless, a residual risk cannot be completely excluded.

Warning! Danger of injury


The analyses generate metal vapors. Depending on the sample material,
these vapors may be toxic, e.g. in case of heavy metals.
Ensure that protective equipment is worn in such cases, e.g. a breathing
apparatus and extraction equipment. The protective equipment must
ensure that the national threshold limit values in force and/or comparable
national standards will not be exceeded.
When the unit is switched on, there is a risk of suffering an electric shock
when the electrode is touched or when the sample is removed during a
measurement.
Such an electric shock is not dangerous to a healthy person. Low
currents and voltages below the threshold values specified in EN61010
are involved here. However, consequential accidents may occur, e.g.
falling down from a ladder.
The sample should not be touched while a measurement is in progress.
Avoid any contact with the electrode when the excitation (plasma
generator) is switched on.
Always shut down the excitation (plasma generator) when working on the
spark stand (stationary spectrometers) or on the sample probe (mobile
spectrometers).
On mobile spectrometers, the probe can also be disconnected from
the unit, if possible.
For voltage ranges, see page 9.
There is danger of burns from the electrode. During normal operation, the
electrode will heat up to several hundred degrees!
Do not touch the electrode with bare hands even if the unit is switched
off. Use pliers.

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Safety

The electric arc in the spark stand or in the sample probe adapter generates
UV radiation.
Take suitable protective measures (e.g. wear safety glasses) whenever
the spark stand opening or the adapter opening are not completely
covered.

Note
The plasma is ignited by way of a high-voltage pulse.
After the ignition, an alternating voltage (spark mode) or a direct voltage (arc
mode) is applied to the electrode.
The following table shows the respective voltage ranges.

High-voltage High-voltage Burning voltage Burning voltage


ignition pulse, ignition pulse, Arc mode Spark mode
arc mode spark mode

Spectrotest 6-12 kV, typ. 8 kV 112 kV, typ. 5 kV 3060 V, typ. 40 V 20-200 V, typ. 30
TXC03 V

When the unit is switched on, there is a risk of an electric emission during a
spark cycle, especially if the sample is removed during a measurement.
Such an electric emission is not dangerous to a healthy person. These
are electromagnetic fields of low intensity. Due to measurement
uncertainties, they can be beyond the limits of EN 61326-1 in some
cases. As a result, radio transmissions in the direct vicinity of the
spectrometer, e.g. the reception of radio broadcasts, may be disturbed
(crackling, image interferences).
Users of life-sustaining or life-supporting medical devices (e.g. insulin
pumps, cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, EEG or ECG recording
devices, or similar) will not be affected in the case of devices with CE
conformity. However, it is absolutely essential that these operators
contact the manufacturer of their respective devices prior to using the
spectrometer!

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Technical data

3 Technical data
Name Value

Power supply 100 240 V, +/-10%, 50/60 Hz


(as per DIN EN 61010-1)

Power during testing 320 W

Power during stand-by 60 W

Power line fuse protection 16 A (slow-blow)

Storage conditions -20 +50 C; -5 120 F

Temperature range 5 40 C; 40 105 F


(as per DIN EN 61010-1)

Air humidity 80% max. (as per DIN EN 61010-1)

Argon gas connection

Inlet pressure 5 bar +/-10%; 72 psi

Quality 4.8 (99.998 %)

Standard sample probe Constant flow: 15 l/h


consumption Analytic flow: 120 l/h
Flushing: 120 l/h

UV sample probe Constant flow: 15 l/h plus 10 l/h UV optics


consumption Analytic flow: 120 l/h
Flushing: 185 l/h

Protection class IP 23 (DIN 40050)

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Transportation/Set-up

4 Transportation/Set-up

4.1 Dimensions and weight


Name Value

Unit height 670 mm (26.3)

Unit width 425 mm (16.7)

Unit depth 330 mm (13.0)

Unit weight 33 kg (72.7 lbs)

4.2 Transportation/Set-up

Warning! Risk of accident


Use the optional transport trolley only for transporting the unit and the gas
cylinder.
It is strictly forbidden to transport persons on the transport trolley.
Always comply with the safety instructions for the transport of gas
cylinders.

Caution! Damage to unit!


The unit may topple over or roll away.
Always ensure that the unit stands steadily. Always arrest the unit using
the roller brakes.
Make sure that the unit cannot topple over when you use it without the
transport trolley.
Do not put the gas cylinder on the transport trolley unless the unit is
already on the trolley.
When you move the unit,
lock the drawer.
fasten the sample probe in the transport holder.
close the screen.
tilt the transport trolley on the two big wheels when the ground is uneven.
fasten the unit in place when using a separate transport trolley.

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Transportation/Set-up

When you transport the unit in a passenger car,


transport the sample probe in the case intended for this purpose.
fasten the components of the unit.

4.3 Setting-up

Caution! Damage to unit!


Corrosive vapors may damage the unit.
Set the unit up in an environment free from corrosive vapors.

Caution! Measurement error


Shocks to the unit during the measuring process may produce measurement
errors.
For this reason, install the unit so it will not be subject to shocks.
Measuring errors may result from temperature differences inside the unit.
Install the unit so that it cannot heat up on one side only.
Avoid mechanical bumps.

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4.4 Argon supply (spark mode)

Caution! Measurement errors!


Contamination of the argon gas may lead to measurement errors.
Ensure oil and grease-free laying of the argon supply line.

The unit requires an argon supply.


A suitable pressure reducer is required for the argon supply (bottles or liquid gas
tank).
Argon inlet pressure at the unit 5 bar +/-10%, 72 psi
The argon is supplied through a PTFE hose with a quick-release coupling (on the
unit) supplied by SPECTRO:
Diameter OD6/ID4, length 0.8 m
When using longer lines and/or smaller tube diameters, take the possible
pressure drop into account.

4.4.1 Argon bottle fastening


The transport carriage is equipped with a retaining strap for argon bottles with
different diameters.

No. Component No. Component

1 Installation of the retaining strap 2 Installation of the retaining strap


for argon bottles with a small for argon bottles with a large
diameter. diameter.

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Operation

5 Operation

5.1 Overview of controls

5.1.1 Unit and sample probe

No. Control element Function

1 Switch Switches the unit on.

2 Switch Sets the sample probe to stand-by mode

3 Trackball Same as mouse function on a PC

4+5 Mouse button function Same as mouse buttons on a PC

6 Standard keyboard Same as PC keyboard

7 "Reset" button Resets error messages from the PC

8 "Start measurement" Performs the measurement


button Must be pressed during the entire measuring
process

5.1.2 Brightness adjustment


In order to adjust the brightness of the display, open the Tray Tool
"Powermanagement Pro Mobile" via the Windows taskbar.
The brightness adjustment screen opens.
Adjust the desired brightness.

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5.2 Displays

5.2.1 Sample probe

No. Display Function

Status display of the sample Green light


probe Ready for operation
Red light
Not ready for operation
Fault
Red flashing
A measurement is under way

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Operation

5.3 Preparing the unit for operation


Before switching on the unit, proceed as follows:
1. Arrest the unit using the roller brakes.
2. Connect the argon supply hose to the socket at the rear of the unit (no argon
is required for an arc discharge).
Let the quick-release coupling lock properly.
3. Set the argon pressure to 5 bar +/- 10%.
The unit is ready for use.

5.4 Switching the unit on


To switch on the unit, proceed as follows:
1. Press the "Power" button and keep it pressed for approx. 2 seconds.
The unit is switched on.
The computer is turned on.
The most recently used application program is started.
Depending on the sample probe that is used, the system is flushed with
argon for 5 or 15 minutes. If the arc program with carbon analysis is
loaded, the system is flushed with purified air for 15 seconds.
2. Wait for the argon flushing process to be completed.
The flushing progress is displayed on the screen.
3. To switch on the plasma generator, press the switch:

The sample probe status display lights up green.


The unit is now ready to measure.

5.5 Standby mode


The stand-by mode is only possible with mains power supply. In the case of
battery power supply, the unit will be switched off completely.
1. Connect the unit to the mains power supply.
2. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

3. Select the dialog item "Shut down" and confirm the dialog box.
The program is terminated.
The computer is turned off.
The unit is switched off.
4. Close the argon bottle.
The unit is in the stand-by mode.

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5.6 Switching the unit off


To switch off the unit, proceed as follows:
1. Select the dialog item "Shut down" and confirm the dialog box.
The program is terminated.
The computer is turned off.
The unit is switched off.
2. Close the argon bottle.
3. Unplug the mains power plug. The unit is only completely disconnected from
power if the power plug is unplugged.
The unit is now switched off.

5.7 Carrying out the measurement

5.7.1 Preparing the measurement


Before starting the measurement, proceed as follows:
1. Check the adapter and the sample for moisture.
It is important that no moisture is visible on the outside.
If necessary, dry the sample.
2. Check if the adapter is clean.
3. If necessary, prepare the sample surface by grinding, milling, etc.
4. Ensure that the correct sample probe, electrode, and adapter are installed.
The measurement will be blocked if a wrong sample probe/testing
program combination is used.
Change the sample probe.
5. Check the safety measures if you work with toxic samples.
The measurement is now prepared.

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Operation

5.7.2 Measuring

Warning! Risk of injury!


When the unit is switched on, there is a risk of electric shock on the electrode or
on the sample. This may happen if during a measurement the contact to the
sample probe adapter is interrupted.
Such an electric shock is not dangerous to a healthy person. Low currents and
voltages below the threshold values specified in EN61010 are involved here.
However, consequential accidents may occur, e.g. falling down from a ladder.
For this reason, ensure that the sample never loses contact with the sample probe
adapter during an analysis.

Measurement example: analysis


To perform a measurement, proceed as follows:
1. Start an analysis program via "Application profiles" or via the corresponding
function key.
2. Hold the sample probe (adapter) on the sample. If you use an application
profile for a spark method, ensure that the sample covers the opening of the
adapter completely.
3. Press the "Start measurement" button during the entire duration of the
measurement.
The measurement is carried out automatically. The progress is displayed
in the measurement window.
The measurement is terminated automatically.
The sample probe status display flashes red during the measurement.
The sample probe status display lights up green when the measurement
is complete.
If necessary, the unit will ask you to perform an ICAL standardization,
see page 19.
The results are displayed on the screen.
The measurement is now complete.

Measurement example: identity check


To perform a measurement, proceed as follows:
1. Start a sorting program via "Application profiles" or via the corresponding
function key and follow the software instructions.
2. First, measure the reference sample.
Hold the sample probe (adapter) on the sample.
Follow the instructions displayed by the software.

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Press the "Start measurement" button during the entire duration of the
measurement.
The measurement is carried out automatically. The progress is
displayed in the measurement window.
The measurement is terminated automatically.
The sample probe status display flashes red during the
measurement.
The sample probe status display lights up green when the first
measurement is complete.
In the case of a bad result, the sample probe status display lights up red
and the measurement must be repeated.
When a minimum number of good measurements is reached, the counter
on the screen for good samples is incremented by one point (depending
on the program settings).
3. Now measure the actual sample.
If the result is good, the counter on the screen for good samples is
incremented by one point. The next sample can be measured.
If the result is bad, the counter on the screen for bad samples is
incremented by one point.
Depending on the program settings, two repeated measurements
must be performed. If these repeated measurements fail as well, the
counter on the screen for bad samples will be incremented by one
point.
The next sample can be measured.
The measurement is now complete.

Standardization of the unit (ICALization)


For the standardization, the ICAL sample must be measured five times. The
average values of these measurement results are calculated and stored in the
unit.
Proceed as follows to standardize the unit:
1. Install a clean rod electrode into the sample probe, see page 22 (in arc mode:
silver electrode).
2. Call up the ICAL function with the "ICAL" button or with the corresponding
function key.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen and perform five measurements with the
reference sample.
4. Bad measurements are highlighted in color in the ICAL measurement window
and can be deleted. Please repeat these measurements.
The unit is now standardized.

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Operation

5.8 Replacing parts of sample probe

5.8.1 Sample probe parts overview

No. Display

1 Adapter
The arc discharge adapter is shown on the left
The spark discharge adapter is shown on the right

2 Knurled screw for the adapter

3 Sample probe
The standard sample probe for arc/spark discharge is shown on the left
The sample probe for arc/spark discharge including UV optics is shown on the
right

4 Electrode

5 Air optics light inlet window holder

6 Electrode locking wheel

7 Air filter

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5.8.2 Changing the sample probe


To change the sample probe, proceed as follows:
1. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

2. Open the sample probe connector clamp.


3. Disconnect the connector from the sample probe.
4. Plug in the new sample probe and close the clamp again.
When plugging in the new sample probe, ensure that the brass plugs for
the fiber-optics and the argon supply are located on the right-hand side.
5. To switch on the plasma generator, press the switch:

6. Standardize the unit, see page 19.


The sample probe has been changed and the unit has been set to the new
conditions.

5.8.3 Changing the adapter


Changing the adapter is necessary when another type of discharge (arc or spark)
is required. This also requires changing the electrode.
To change the adapter, proceed as follows:
1. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

2. Loosen the knurled screw of the adapter.


3. Pull out the adapter.
4. Change the electrode, see page 16.
5. Plug in the new adapter.
The spark discharge adapter is sealed with an O-ring.
Press the adapter beyond the resistance.
The adapter must make contact over its entire surface.
On the arc discharge adapter, the opening must point towards the fiber-
optics.
6. Fix the adapter in place using the knurled screw.
7. To switch on the plasma generator, press the switch:

The adapter has now been changed.

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5.8.4 Changing the electrode


In the case of arc discharge, silver or copper electrodes are used, whereas in the
case of spark discharge, only tungsten electrodes are used.
To replace the electrode, proceed as follows:
1. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

2. Loosen the adapter using the knurled screw.


3. Pull out the adapter.
4. Loosen the electrode at the locking wheel.
Caution! A spring is located beneath the electrode. When the locking
wheel is loosened, the electrode my be pushed out. Hold the electrode
with some pliers until you have removed it.
5. Pull out the electrode.
6. Insert the new electrode.
7. Install the adapter. Fix the adapter in place using the knurled screw.

8. Adjust the electrode gap using


the spacer.
Press the spacer (1) on the
adapter (2). The electrode
is pushed to its correct
position.

9. Fix the electrode in place using the locking wheel.


10. To switch on the plasma generator, press the switch:

The electrode has been replaced.

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Maintenance

6 Maintenance

6.1 Maintenance schedule


The maintenance intervals specified in the following table are guidelines which
should be observed as a minimum requirement. The maintenance intervals may
vary, depending on the use of the unit.
To ensure flawless unit function, carry out the following maintenance work:

After every measurement Necessary tasks

Cleaning the electrode Clean the electrode with a small wire brush.

Start of work Necessary tasks

Checking the argon supply Min. pressure in bottle: 10 bar.

Cleaning the adapter See page 24.

Checking the focal spot Visual inspection

ICALization See page 19.

As required

Cleaning the windows of the sample probe See page 24.


and of the adapter

Cleaning the air filter (housing) Every month or more often if necessary See
page 25.

Replacing the air filter (sample probe) Every month or more often if necessary See
page 27.

Fine dust filter unit Replace every six months or more


frequently if necessary (the system will
display a message) See page 28.

CO2 filter unit Replace every six months or more


frequently if necessary (the system will
display a message) See page 28

Further maintenance tasks

Replacing the ICALization sample

Checking the wheels and brakes of the


transport carriage

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Maintenance

6.2 Cleaning the adapter


During the measurements, the adapter gets soiled.
After completing work, clean the adapter on the inside and outside, using a cloth
free of lint, oil and grease. Commercially available cotton swabs are also useful for
cleaning.

6.3 Cleaning the light inlet windows of the sample probe and of
the adapter
To clean the light inlet windows, proceed as follows:
1. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

2. Loosen the adapter (1) using the


knurled screw (2) and pull it off.
Clean the light inlet window
of the sample probe (3) with
a cotton swab.

3. Take the adapter and push the


window holder (1) carefully out
of the guide.

4. Remove the light inlet window


(1) and the exposed O-ring.
Absolutely avoid directly
touching the optical
surfaces.
The UV sample probe (on
the right) has two light inlet
windows that need to be
cleaned.
5. Clean the light inlet window
using optical paper or a lint-free
soft cloth.

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6. Re-install the light inlet window (two light inlet windows on the UV sample
probe).
Ensure that the O-ring fits in properly under the light inlet window.
7. Re-attach the adapter to the sample probe.
8. To switch on the plasma generator, press the switch:

The cleaning of the light inlet windows of the sample probe and of the adapter
is now completed.

6.4 Replacing the air filter


Change the air filter every month (or more often if necessary).
To replace the air filter, proceed as follows:
1. Switch the unit off (see page 17).

2. Release the "unit/transport


carriage" locking mechanism
and take the unit off the
transport carriage.

3. Loosen the knurled screws.

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4. Lower the base plate (2).


5. Remove the clogged filter (1).

6. Install the new filter.


Ensure that the filter is aligned correctly and that it is properly seated.
The recess in the filter mat must be above the connector in the base
plate.
7. Raise the base plate and secure it by way of the knurled screws.
8. Place the unit back on the transport carriage and secure it with the aid of the
locking mechanism.
The air filter has now been replaced.

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6.5 Replacing the sample probe air filter


To change the filter, proceed as follows:
1. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

2. Separate the sample probe from the unit.


Open the sample probe connector clamp.
Disconnect the connector from the sample probe.

3. Loosen the screws (1).


4. Remove the cover (2).
5. Replace the filter.
6. Install the cover (2).
7. Tighten the screws.

The air filter has now been replaced.

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6.6 Replacing the CO2 and fine dust filter unit


To replace the filters, proceed as follows:
1. Switch the unit off (see page 17).

2. Release the "unit/transport


carriage" locking mechanism
and take the unit off the
transport carriage.

3. Loosen the knurled screws.

4. Lower the base plate (1).

5. Unscrew and remove the CO2


filter unit (1) and the fine dust
filter unit (2) and replace them.

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6. Raise the base plate and secure it by way of the knurled screws.
7. Place the unit back on the transport carriage and secure it with the aid of the
locking mechanism.
The CO2 filter unit and the fine dust filter unit have now been replaced.

6.7 Cleaning/sharpening the electrodes


1. To switch off the plasma generator, press the switch:

Clean the electrodes after the completion of the tasks.


The "soft" rod electrodes (silver and copper) must be resharpened when their tips
are worn.

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Troubleshooting

7 Troubleshooting

Caution! Damage to unit!


The unit may be damaged if repairs are not carried out properly. Do not attempt to
repair the unit yourself. Always inform your supervisor.

Fault Possible cause Remedy

The unit cannot be The mains power supply Check if the mains power supply
switched on plug is not properly plug was properly plugged in.
(The computer does not plugged in.
boot) The battery does not have Check whether the drawer with
proper contact with the the storage battery is properly
contact plate of the unit. seated.

The battery is not charged. Charge the battery as described


in the separate instruction
manual.

A computer component or Please contact your service


another subassembly center.
connected with it is
defective.

The unit can be switched Defective cable or display. Please contact your service
on, but no data are center.
shown on the display.

The software reacts A virus scanner has been Add the directory "C:\Spectro
slowly (e.g. long installed. Smart Studio\Spark Analyzer Pro
measuring times) Mobile" or the processes
"TXC03MeasurementGUI.exe"
and "TXC03MethDevGUI.exe" to
the exceptions that should not be
scanned.

The keyboard does not Defective cable or Please contact your service
react. keyboard. center.

The trackball does not The trackball surface is Clean the trackball surface.
move freely and/or it soiled.
does not trigger any
movements on the Defective cable or Please contact your service
screen. trackball. center.

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Troubleshooting

Fault Possible cause Remedy

No correct focal spot in The pressure controller on See the error message in the
the spark mode. the gas cylinder is not software status line.
open wide enough. Adjust the required pressure.

The pressure monitor and Please contact your service


the flow controller inside center.
the unit are not properly
adjusted any more.

The argon supply line Let the quick-release coupling


quick-release coupling is lock properly.
not properly locked on the
unit.

The adapter is not locked Check whether the adapter is


in properly up to the stop. properly seated and correct it if
necessary.

The electrode gap is not Adjust the electrode gap using


correct. the spacer.

The sample surface has Prepare the surface to be tested


not been properly in a suitable way with the aid of
prepared (not polished, abrasive paper (disk sander or
observe roughness). hand sander).

The sample surface is not Prepare the surface to be tested


flat enough or it has air in a suitable way with the aid of
inclusions. abrasive paper (disk sander or
hand sander).

The argon outlet (exhaust) Flush it with the aid of the "Flush"
of the sample probe is function.
plugged with condensate. While flushing, close the sample
opening of the adapter and close
the exhaust for approx. 1 second,
then open it.

Insufficient maintenance Clean the adapter thoroughly.


(cleaning) of the adapter,
especially of the Teflon
insert, has caused
clogging of the flushing
bores.

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Spare parts and consumables

Fault Possible cause Remedy

The unit does not The measuring window of Press "Esc" or click the
generate sparks in the the software has a "not measuring window with the left
arc or spark mode. active" status in Windows. "mouse button" of the trackball.

The electrode gap is too Clean the electrode and re-adjust


small. the gap using the spacer.

The sample probe start Please contact your service


button is defective. center.

The plasma generator Have the former settings


parameters of the program restored by qualified
that is used were modified personnel.
or deleted. Please contact your service
center.

The plasma generator is Please contact your service


defective. center.

The actual values are The adapter is reversed in Turn the adapter so that one
below the stored limit the arc mode. opening faces the fiber-optics
values for the reference window.
elements (error
message). The spark (arc) adapter is Check whether the adapter is
not locked in properly up properly seated and correct it if
to the stop. necessary.

The electrode gap is not Adjust the electrode gap using


correct. the spacer.

The samples have not See the information given under


been properly prepared. No correct focal spot in the spark
mode.

The material was not Go to the suitable global program


measured with a program if available (e.g. to Co-01)
associated with the base
(e.g. Co sample with a Fe
base program).

8 Spare parts and consumables


You can find the spare parts and consumables for this unit under "Support - Parts
Catalog" on our website at www.spectro.com.

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