The ARL QuantoShelter is a transportable cabin, which has been designed to bring the laboratory to the samples.
Comprising of a reinforced container with air conditioning, it houses a fully automated ARL 4460 Optical Emission spectrometer. The spectrometer is further integrated with an ARL SMS-2000 robotics system allowing automatic sample handling and preparation. It operates very much like a process sensor or an on-stream analyzer.
Installed in the vicinity of the ladle furnaces of voestalpine Stahl?s LD-Steel plant in Linz, this innovative "Lab in a Box" has now been in operation for over a year. It has contributed to significant productivity gains. The chemical compositions measured include low N2 and low C for a large variety of steel grades, eliminating the need for combustion analysis. A fast vision system based on a high-resolution video camera is used to select the sample spark positions and further optimize analysis time. With sample transportation times reduced, results are also available much faster. A standard orientation analysis is typically available in 90 seconds and a full result in less than 2 minutes.