ABB Inc.

June 22, 2007
Spectrometer Uses Space Technology for High Performance

ABB recently unveiled its new MB3000 spectrometer. The development of this analyzer was supported in part by the Canadian Space Agency; it is the result of a collective investment of more than $4.7 million over three years.

The MB3000, a Fourier Transformed-Infrared (FT-IR) analysis system, represents a technological breakthrough that has resulted in a low-cost, high-performance instrument. The interferometer at the heart of the instrument combines a 20-year proven technology with one recently developed for aerospace application by the Canadian Space Agency. It is a miniaturized module used in satellites.

The MB3000's small footprint requires very little work space. The instrument may be used for quality control in laboratories as well as in industrial processes to analyze multiple chemical components in finished products.