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7 Reasons to Attend - Pittcon 2018 Conference & Expo

February 21, 2018
Guest Author: Katherine Macchiarola Katherine is a Marketing Director at Malvern Panalytical in Westborough, MA, USA. In her 19 years with Malvern Panalytical she has held various roles, including X-ray diffraction (XRD) application specialist and product manager. She enjoys talking to customers about their research projects and challenges, and is looking forward to contributing more blogs that address customer interests and concerns. Katherine also has written several white papers – read her latest white paper here.

This year will be the 19th Pittcon in a row that I have attended (there should be an award for that, right?). Actually, Malvern Panalytical did receive an award from Pittcon 11 years ago for our then 50th anniversary of attending the conference. If you still have not made it to this annual gathering of the latest in laboratory equipment, educational courses and technical presentations galore, here are some reasons to consider heading to Orlando on February 26 (or Philadelphia in 2019):

1 – You can see the latest in analytical instrumentation, including systems newly launched at Pittcon. This year, the Malvern Panalytical booth #2118 will feature two brand new products on display – the Morphologi 4 automated particle image analysis and Morphologi 4-ID, and Epsilon 4 benchtop XRF system for fast and accurate at-line elemental analysis.

2 – You can test drive many analytical systems – live demonstrations are happening in many exhibit booths as well as the Live demo area of the exhibit floor. In the Malvern Panalytical booth #2118, we will have live demonstrations of the new Morphologi 4 system, Aeris benchtop XRD system, Epsilon 1 XRF system, ASD LabSpec® 4 NIR system, and ASD TerraSpec® Halo NIR system for mineral identification.

3 – You can take a 0.5-2 day course on that analytical technology you’ve been meaning to brush up on. The short courses are inexpensive and participants receive a certificate that you can show back at the office. Malvern Panalytical experts will be delivering short courses on topics ranging from particle size analysis and rheology to gel permeation and size exclusion chromatography. Check out the complete list of our courses here.

4 – You can bring your material challenges and analytical pains to Pittcon. Discuss new methods and capabilities with application and product specialists to solve your issues or shed more light (or X-rays) on your material’s properties. Booth 2118 will have specialists in particle size analysis, rheology, gel permeation chromatography, size and zeta potential analysis of nanoparticles, XRD, XRF, NIR, and sample preparation for XRF, ICP, and AA.

5 – With over 2000 oral presentations and posters on materials and topics including pharma and biopharmaceuticals, polymers, forensics, environmental, food, agriculture, fuels, water treatment, and nanomaterials, to name a few, you are sure to find out about new research on topics you care about. Check out the program here.

6 – You are supposed to eat an apple a day, and Pittcon is known for handing out fresh apples in the exhibit hall. 

7 – If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line as I do, you are cold and deficient in vitamin D. A trip to Florida is just what the doctor ordered…

So, if you are someone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or who manages these laboratory scientists, Pittcon is the place for you. I hope to see you in Orlando!

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SME Annual Conference & Expo 2018

February 14, 2018


Gear up to come find Malvern Panalytical in Minnesota at the SME Annual Conference & Expo from February 25-28th! 

SME is the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. The annual conference event gathers together the mining and mineral community, comprised of engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. The society advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development.

ASD TerraSpec Halo 

We will have our ASD TerraSpec® 4 and portable NIR ASD TerraSpec Halo Mineral Identifier on display.

Additionally, we invite you to come learn about the product lines of Malvern PanalyticalFind the following instruments at Booth #2519

  • Aeris - X-ray benchtop diffractrometer; XRD can determine the mineralogical composition of all minerals present in an ore and can track process parameters during the beneficiation of ores. See a live demonstration of the incredible speed and resolution of Aeris.
  • Epsilon 4 - The newly launched Epsilon 4 benchtop X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) system will make its debut at this year's SME; the Epsilon 4 offers increased speed of measurements and excellent sensitivity to trace elements. XRF is used for in laboratory and at the mine site elemental analysis. XRF is cost-effective and reliable, used for exploration, grade control, process monitoring and assuring that the composition of waste is within the limits of environmental norms and regulations. 
  • Mastersizer - The Mastersizer range sets the standard for accurate and reliable particle size analyzers that are easy to use. The Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer delivers rapid, accurate particle size distributions for both wet and dry dispersions, measuring over the nanometer to millimeter particle size ranges. 
Don't miss this treasure. Discover Malvern Panalytical - explore what these instruments can do for your mining and mineral needs!


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February's ASD Webinar - "Precision Agriculture & Groundtruthing using Spectral Signatures"

February 06, 2018

This February, the ASD 2018 webinar series begins with a focus on the application study of precision agriculture and spectral signatures, featuring ASD’s FieldSpec® 4 Hi-Res NG Spectroradiometer 

 In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Use of the FieldSpec® 4 Hi-Res for ground truthing purposes and as a tool to verify the accuracy of UAV and satellite imagery
  • Use of the FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res for spectral unmixing and classification of land cover types in multispectral satellite imagery
  • Example case study of NIR technology and spectral signatures of strawberry plants to detect and monitor Two-Spotted Spider Mite (TSSM) infestation

About our Speaker:

Chris Crockett is the Director of Research and Grower Services at Highland Precision Ag. He holds a B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Environmental Studies, an M.S. in Entomology, and is pursuing his PhD in Entomology at the University of Florida. His research is focused on agricultural remote sensing for improved detection and monitoring of insect and disease pests, and the use of GIS tools for improved pest management of agricultural ecosystems.


Click below to register for our webinar on February 22nd from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), "Precision Agriculture & Groundtruthing using Spectral Signatures 

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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. 

Hang out with us in our Backyard at ASPRS!

January 30, 2018

Malvern Panalytical is in our own spatially located Denver, Colorado ASD backyard this year at the annual ASPRS (The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) conference

ASPRS, the imaging & geospatial information society, teams with ILMF (International LiDAR Mapping Forum) this year to create for a combined geospatial event you do not want to miss! Network with geospatial peers and colleagues, build your technical expertise via conference workshops, see technology solutions for mapping on display in the exhibitor hall!   

From February 5-7, find us at Booth #710, displaying and demonstrating the following instruments:

See what these field portable, ruggedized near-infrared (NIR) spectroradiometers and spectrometers can do to best assist your remote sensing efforts and measurements with increased precision and accuracy.

Don't fly under the LiDAR on this one... put us on your map and stop by!


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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. 

Spectroscopy In Analyzing Works of Art

October 24, 2016

In their investigation into the origin of the Selden Map of China, Kogou, et al. used several analytical techniques to characterize the map. ASD's LabSpec® 4 near-infrared (NIR) analyzer was used to characterize the pigment and binding medium. Future work will include the use of near-infrared analysis for direct analysis of the map itself. The non-invasive nature of ASD's LabSpec 4, plus the easily positioned fiber optic probe, means that they will be able to analyze any location on the map rather than being restricted to just a few spots or detached fragments. You can read Kogou, et al.'s research article, here

UC Davis and ASD are Co-Hosting a Lunch and Learn

October 05, 2016


ASD's October Webinar Focuses on Interpreting Geochemical Conditions on Mars

October 04, 2016

Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.

If you haven't watched our previous webinars, please visit our webinar recordings page to see what you have missed! Some of our past webinar topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.

This October, our spectroscopy webinar focuses on the specific application of terrestrial analog studies and geochemical conditions and features ASD's TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • Terrestrial analog rover simulations using a VNIR field-portable spectrometer in remote Utah as a useful tool in refining Mars rover operational strategies
  • On being a "human rover" - science team protocols, targets of interest and data collection
  • Using terrestrial analog sites to reconstruct the geologic history of Mars
  • Investigating diverse hydrothermal deposits with Mars analog instrumentation

Join us for our next free webinar - Analyzing and Groundtruthing Soil Characteristics

August 23, 2016

Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.

If you haven't watched each of our previous webinars, visit our webinar recordings page to see what you missed. Some of our past topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.

This September, our webinar focuses on the application of soil characteristics. 

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How (and why) water alters the spectral reflectance of soil
  • The importance of the location of water in the soil
  • Nutrient and organic matter analysis of soil
  • UAS sensor calibration using an ASD instrument
  • Groundtruthing a UAS sensor using an ASD instrument

Interested in sensor calibration? Join us for our April webinar!

March 31, 2016

This April, our webinar focuses on the specific application of Sensor Calibration.

Earth-observing sensors provide measurements for a wide range of climate and environmental studies. It is critical that these sensors and associated data products remain calibrated in order to achieve synergy among coexisting sensors as well as temporally throughout generations of sensors.

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