McLean, Va., July 21, 2010 – QinetiQ North America today announced that wholly owned subsidiary Spectro Inc. is introducing the SpectroLNF Q200, the next generation of its successful LaserNet Fines particle shape classifier and particle counter. SpectroLNF Q200 is an analytical instrument that uses a laser direct imaging technique and advanced image processing software to identify the type, rate of production and severity of mechanical faults by measuring the size distribution, rate of progression and shape features of wear debris in lubricating fluids.
SpectroLNF Q200 represents a new generation of particle shape classifiers and counters. Its enhanced features include added capability to measure dynamic viscosity, a faster CCD camera to reduce analysis times, an ergonomic sipper design, and improved maintainability.
Machine condition monitoring based on oil analysis is an accepted practice in predictive maintenance programs. Knowledge of particle generation in terms of size, quantity and the type of wear represents is a tremendous advantage in determining whether the equipment is operating correctly or needs corrective maintenance to avoid failures or costly downtime. The new option to simultaneously analyze viscosity provides another important parameter related to the fluid’s ability to lubricate the mechanical system from which the sample was taken.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in cooperation with the Naval Research Laboratory of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) developed the SpectroLNF Q200 for Spectro as part of ONR’s Accelerated Capabilities Initiative for Condition-Based Maintenance.
About QinetiQ North America
QinetiQ (pronounced “kinetic”) North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,400 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QinetiQ North America is part of QinetiQ Group PLC, one of the world’s leading defense and security technology companies. For more information, please visit www.QinetiQ-NA.com.
About Spectro Inc.
Spectro Inc. became a part of QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group in 2008. It is based in Littleton, MA and specializes in instrumentation for machine condition monitoring. It is one of the largest worldwide suppliers of oil and fuel analysis equipment to the US military and a range of industries such as petrochemical, mining, power generation and commercial testing laboratories. Products include the SPECTROIL line of emission spectrometers for wear metal analysis, lubricant degradation/contamination analyzers, particle analysis instruments and complete turnkey systems for oil or fuel analysis laboratories that include all required instruments, software, installation, training and applications support. The development and introduction of FluidScan is a direct result of the synergy created by this acquisition within QinetiQ North America. The acquisition of Spectro Inc. represents an important milestone and furthers TSG's strategy to transition technologies to viable product platforms. For more information, please visit www.spectroinc.com.
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