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Wagtech Projects and Specac

Sample Preparation Equipment

Hydraulic presses are versatile tools for laboratory sample preparation. In conjunction with a pellet die they can be used to form solid and semi-solid pellets (also called tablets and briquettes) for various spectroscopic and physical testing methods including infrared (IR) spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy, dielectric spectroscopy, tablet dissolution tests, and more. It is also possible to compact powdered mineral, biological, ceramic and metallic materials as a stage prior to sintering in the research and development of novel materials. With heated platens, a hydraulic press can also be used for preparation of thin polymeric films for either spectroscopic or material research purposes.

Manual Press | laboratory pellet press


The 15 ton and 25 ton Manual Hydraulic Presses have been designed to handle a wide variety of pressing applications. They are especially suited for the preparation of solid samples for XRF analysis and KBr discs for FTIR analysis Specac Evacuable Pellet Dies. The Presses can also be used with Specac Heated Platens for applications such as the preparation of thin polymer films.

Autotouch® Press | High throughput XRF press

Specac’s Autotouch hydraulic press is available in 8 Ton, 15 Ton, 25 Ton and 40 Ton load configurations for industrial XRF applications and other laboratory sample manipulation applications. When allied with Specac’s Apex quick release die, the Autotouch press is capable of rapid, high-throughput sample prep in laboratories preparing up to a few hundred samples per day. The die automatically reconfigures for pellet release and avoids the additional handling associated with traditional pellet dies.

Mini-Pellet Press

The Specac Mini Pellet Press is an entry-level, handheld laboratory hydraulic press for the preparation of high-quality 7 mm KBr pellets for transmission FTIR analysis with up to 2 tons of pressure. Press can be purchased as part of a kit or on it’s own. With a rugged and durable design, this mini hydraulic press is intended for regular laboratory use with maintenance-free operation.  It is also portable.

Mini-Film Maker

Handheld film-maker for infrared transmission spectroscopy
The Specac Mini-Film Maker is designed to produce high-quality thin films of polymer and plastic materials for infrared transmission analysis.
This product enables quick and easy hot pressing of samples at any temperature between ambient to 250°C, to give constant and reproducible thickness films over the range 50 to 500 microns with a formed diameter of 15mm.

P6 Planetary Ball Mill

The P6 is a high-speed planetary ball mill suitable for particle size reduction and homogenising powder samples, particularly for XRF measurement. It can quickly and efficiently reduce powders to tens of microns in size.
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