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Not powerful enough for a QC Lab
By Frustrated Chemist
from Akron, OH
About Me Academic/Professional Researcher
Comments about Thermo Scientific NICOLET<tm> IR100 FT-IR Spectrometer:
We are a relatively busy QC lab that needed something compact and easy to use to test raw materials at a rate of 4-5 per day max. We have limited bench space, didn't need fancy software and didn't want to have to buy (and make room for) a separate computer so we thought this was the answer. Boy, were we wrong. The machine was easy to set up and use from the get go but within the first week, we noticed that the machine kept locking up on us. It needed to be cycled off and on again to restart use. Frustrated, I called the company and they stated that they knew they had this problem and just hadn't figured it out yet. Things got worse when we tried to hook it up to our network to print to a shared printer. It CAN NOT handle being hooked up to a network directly. Eventually we had to hook it up to a seperate computer anyway just to get it to work but the problems continued. We purchased the performer swap top module and the ZnSe plate for testing as we test a wide variety of water and solvent based materials. It turns out that the glue they use to secure the crystal into the plate can not handle solvents (not something noted in any literature). We have now been through 2 plates in two years. At $700+ per plate, it is not a good investment. As it turns out, I could have gotten a much better machine for just a little bit more money and skipped this "basic" unit and all of its problems. In fact, our old 1600 was a better choice than this one has been. Definitely look at other models!!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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