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beautiful "looking" machine
By Captain Awesome
from Vancouver, WA
About Me Lab Assistant
Comments about Thermo Scientific NICOLET<tm> IR100 FT-IR Spectrometer:
We use "lazy" in a chemistry lab in a university setting to identify organic compounds during qualitative analysis. It is a sleek and sophisticated looking piece of equipment, beautiful really. It is easy to navigate the menus when the screen is actually displaying something. It is also simple to insert and remove IR cards. It is very compact and fits nicely almost everywhere. The screen almost never works properly. It flickers most of the time when it is "working" and sometimes turns off or won't come on at all. It is notoriously difficult to analyze solid compounds and highly volatile liquids but with many hours of practice it can be done. The library search rarely comes back with even a remotely accurate match. When searching the library during analysis of acetophenone the closest match was isobutyrate. It will never print, EVER, so don't try. It will not communicate with a network, EVER. The best way to print spectra is to take a digital photo of the screen and print directly from the camera.Over all a wonderful pet project for the extremely bored or those who love to constantly tinker with electronics.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Not powerful enough for a QC Lab
By Frustrated Chemist
from Akron, OH
About Me Academic/Professional Researcher
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!!