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ASD Instrument Controller Software Share Request

January 17, 2018


We are often asked for names of ASD users who have written their own instrument controller software, but alas…your deeds have gone unpublished - until now! If you have written your own instrument controller software to control an ASD spectrometer we want to hear from you.

What problem or need were you trying to address with your code and what were you able to accomplish?


Click below to share your instrument controller software with us!

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Celebrate Mineral Exploration with Malvern Panalytical at AME Roundup 2018!

January 10, 2018

Malvern Panalytical is pleased to have a presence at the AME Roundup 2018 in Vancouver, and we would like to invite you to please come visit with us in booth #1130!  

Roundup is a conference organized by The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and brings together geoscientists, prospectors, investors, suppliers and First Nation partners to meet, discuss and share ideas on the future of mineral exploration and development.

From January 22-25, we will be displaying and showing off our ASD TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier and our ASD TerraSpec 4 Hi-Res Mineral Analyzer. Learn how these portable, ruggedized near-infrared (NIR) spectrometers can best assist your efforts to vector to mineral exploration targets quickly, and to better increase efficiency and optimize your yield for mining geology.

We hope to see you there!


Want to book an appointment to demo our instrument and / or meet with one of our representatives ahead of time? Click below!

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Soo much Snow ...and Ice

January 05, 2018

2018 began with freezing temperatures across 90% of the US.  

The Northeast is currently experiencing a massive winter snowstorm, referred to as a "bomb cyclone"Boston is experiencing record cold temperatures not felt since 1884. And, it is not just New England - a majority of the rest of the country is also currently being affected by the brutal cold; this includes Texas, Georgia and Florida, even. 

What is happening? Why is this happening now? Could it have something to do with climate change? Dr. Ulyana "Uly" Horodyskyj uses ASD's FieldSpec HandHeld 2 VNIR spectroradiometer to attempt to answer these questions. Uly studies snow and ice, collecting data on albedo, and conducting research on how NIR analysis can help identify snow and ice reflectance properties, including spectral radiance and light-absorbing impurities (LAI) such as black carbon/dust. 

Educating others is also a large component of Uly's work. In fact, she collaborated with ASD, sharing her research on our Adventures in Albedo Webinar in 2016. In 2017, Uly was featured for her project work in The Himalayas, educating sherpas on glacial health and their changing environment... you can watch her "Sherpa Science Initiative - Documenting Climate Change with Citizen Science" video here (see the HandHeld 2 in action at 4:05 and 6:12!)  

The ability to accurately perform field reflectance and radiometric measurements is critical to climate research. ASD’s FieldSpec® line of spectroradiometers offers multiple configuration options for measurements above and below the snow and ice surfaces. FieldSpec spectroradiometers are frequently used by researchers to perform the requisite field measurements for remote sensing assessments of snow cover and to calculate the key criteria for surface energy balance modeling of snow-covered and glaciated areas.


Click here to learn more about ASD systems involvement in snow and ice research

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2017 ASD Webinar Season Series Summary

December 27, 2017


This year, ASD continued our webinar series initiative whereby we invited some of our well known ASD instrument users and customers to share and discuss their various and diverse application uses.

From Mars and malt barley to mosquitoes and postmortem bones, here is a look back at the interesting applications that made up ASD's 2017 webinar series (click on the image to watch the webinar on-demand!):   



Come See ASD at AGU Fall Meeting 2017!

December 07, 2017

Please come see us this December 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the AGU Fall Meeting - the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world!  The 2017 AGU Fall Meeting is a great place to meet and network with like-minded colleagues in a range of Earth and space science disciplines. 

ASD is proud to be an exhibitor at this event and to invite you to demo and learn more about our FieldSpec® 4, HandHeld 2 and TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier at booth #645.  Learn how these instruments can help you to better increase efficiency, improve analysis and decision making.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you there!


Want to book an appointment with one of our representatives ahead of time? Click below!

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ASD is now Malvern Panalytical

November 16, 2017


ASD is now Malvern Panalytical 


ASD Inc. is now Malvern Panalytical. Resulting from the merger of the businesses Malvern Instruments and PANalytical on January 1, 2017, ASD Inc. is now part of a larger organization poised to deliver a complete range of solutions and services to a broader set of markets and customers. 

The new parent corporation name, ‘Malvern Panalytical’, is built on the two strongest pillars within the Materials Analysis segment. Malvern Panalytical employs over 2,000 people worldwide.

Malvern Panalytical’s company-wide partnership and collaboration is reflected in our new logo, email addresses, and website. 


What is Changing

A new website. The Malvern Panalytical website will be launching soon; you will be able to continue to access ASD products and information.  

Bookmarked pages. In keeping with our commitment to valued customer service, your bookmarked pages on the website will map to the corresponding page on our new website. 

Support Portal. The files, manuals, and information currently found in the support portal of ASD will be located in the 'Resource' section of the new website. 

A new logo. Please take note that ASD is now represented by the 'Malvern Panalytical' logo found below. "ASD" will still be used as a brand name.

A new email address. While you are accustomed to recognizing our communications by our email address, please be aware that soon we will be moving to our new email address: 


What is not Changing

  • ASD tax ID / W9 information remains the same through 2017
  • The ASD phone and fax numbers and hours of operation
  • The Distributor Portal will remain unchanged
  • We will still be focused on you - our valued customers 
  • You can expect the same great quality and service that you have become accustomed to  


We thank you for your ongoing support!


If you have any questions about this communication, please contact ASD at 303.444.6522 8am-5pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.

Please update your files. Thank you!


November's ASD Webinar - Quantitative Spectroscopy from Space

November 07, 2017

This November, the ASD webinar focuses on hyperspectral imaging, near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and multivariate calibration models (i.e. chemometrics), featuring ASD’s FieldSpec® 4 Hi-Res NG Spectroradiometer 


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How the combination of hyperspectral imaging, near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), and multivariate calibration algorithms (i.e. chemometrics), enables quantitative mapping of properties of the Earth's surface
  • The data that ground based reflectance measurements of materials can provide for remote sensing applications
  • How to apply quantitative chemometric calibrations to hyperspectral image data
  • Examples of successful applications

November's ASD webinar speaker is Dr. Brian Curtiss; Brian is one of the founders of ASD Inc. and currently serves as ASD’s Chief Technical Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of geology, spectroscopy and optical remote sensing. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and his Masters and Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Washington. In his current position, Dr. Curtiss applies his experience to the development of solutions to a diverse range of analytical problems in the areas of remote sensing and natural resources.


Click below to register for our webinar on November 29th from 1-2pm MT, "Quantitative Spectroscopy from Space 

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Not able to attend live? All registrants will receive a recorded version of the webinar a few days after the event. 

Join ASD at the Decennial Mineral Exploration

October 19, 2017

Join ASD this October 22 – 25th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for Exploration '17 – the conference of a decade!  Exploration '17 brings conference participants a tight technical program. This year’s theme is, “Integrating the Geosciences: The Challenge of Discovery,” and combines a multidisciplinary technical program, exhibition, and workshops.

ASD is proud to be an exhibitor and to invite you to demo a TerraSpec® 4 Standard Res and TerraSpec Halo Mineral Identifier at booth #610.  Learn how these instruments significantly speed exploration efforts, increase efficiency, improve analysis and decision making.

We look forward to seeing you at Exploration '17!


Want to book an appointment with one of our representatives ahead of time? Click below!

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Announcing Microsoft® Windows 10 Support for ASD Software

October 17, 2017

ASD has long been the gold standard in field spectroradiometers. ASD pioneered the science of field spectroscopy over 25 years ago and continues to lead the industry with the world's most trusted field-portable UV/Vis/NIR/SWIR spectroradiometers covering the full solar reflected spectrum.

ASD’s spectroradiometers and spectrometers are portable and deliver fast and accurate spectral measurements. These spectral measurements act as fingerprints, providing important data that leads to solutions in a variety of applications, such as:

  • Atmospheric research
  • Forestry, ecology and plant physiology studies
  • Light energy measurements
  • Spectroradiometric calibrations
  • Ingredient testing for dietary supplements and natural products
  • Lipid, protein and fatty acid analysis of grains and food products
  • Analyzing mineral content in soils

ASD is Offering a Promotion in the United States to Trade In and Trade Up Your Instrument!! You Must be in the US to Qualify

October 10, 2017


The portable Instant Display and Analysis Spectrometer (PIDAS) was developed at NASA JPL in the early 1980’s. This was the first use of fiber-optics for collection optics and also the first real-time display of the reflectance spectrum. The 2-second spectrum acquisition time was a major advance for field measurements. The weight (~70 lbs.), however, required strong young postdocs to carry PIDAS in the field. Brian Curtiss, a cofounder of ASD Inc., is shown here prior to travelling to Greenland to measure ancient rocks in glacial boulder fields. He returned uninjured.


How much is that old instrument worth? 

Trade-in your old, obsolete ASD instrument and/or other non-ASD qualifying spectrometer and save thousands $$ on the purchase of a new ASD instrument.

Now is the time to capitalize on the value of your obsoleted instrument, save thousands of dollars on a new purchase, and tap the innovation that makes ASD spectrometers the most trusted brand on the market today. 

Do you have an instrument from another manufacturer?

No problem! Most comparable brands are accepted.  


For United States Customers:

Through December 15, 2017 ASD is offering a 25% discount off a new ASD instrument with the trade-in of an old instrument - all instruments welcome!

Trade-in program details: 

  • Instruments purchased will be discounted 25%
  • The trade-in instrument does not have to be in operational condition - push, pull or drag what you have to us!
  • Discount applies to base instrument configuration only - accessories sold separately
  • Advertised program discounts are valid in the USA through ASD direct sales representatives only
  • Offer expires December 15, 2017


You are invited to please help share awareness of our discount promotion by spreading the word to your US colleagues and friends, and/or to contact us to learn more!  


 Learn more by inquiring today! Click on the button below!

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