ASD TerraSpec® 4 Hi-Res Mineral Spectrometer
Fast, precise mineral exploration
Recognized as the de facto technology for mineralogical analysis, the rugged portable ASD TerraSpec® mineral spectrometers are trusted by top geologists for performing fast, precise pathfinder mineral identification for identification of exploration targets. The ASD TerraSpec 4 Hi-Res mineral analyzer brings new levels of efficacy to mineral exploration technology. This state-of-the-art mineral spectrometer offers enhanced performance in the SWIR 1 and 2 regions and a 6 nm resolution to help you determine the viability of mineral exploration targets faster and more precisely than ever before. These enhancements provide you with the ability to capture accurate spectral data more quickly, especially for samples with darker mineral features.
For mining exploration geologists, these improvements translate into faster data capture at exploration targets and drilling sites. The improved data quality provided by the ASD TerraSpec® 4 Hi-Res mineral spectrometer also allows for accurate assessment of low-concentration and low-reflectance minerals, like iron-containing minerals such as serpentines and chlorites, which were previously difficult to measure. Benefits include:
- Enhanced optical configuration provides more precise spectral results for superior spectrum clarity and definition.
- Industry leading performance in the SWIR 1/SWIR 2 regions for unparalleled alteration mineral identification.
- Standard ruggedized steel covered fiber optic cable ensures consistent spectral quality.
- No need for sample prep, which means fast field scans.
Pair the ASD TerraSpec 4 Hi-Res mineral analyzer with The Spectral Geologist (TSG) software from Spectral Geoscience to analyse the spectra and produce mineralogical output products.
The ASD TerraSpec 4 Hi-Res mineral spectrometer can be used in many industry applications, including:
Oil Sands and Oil Shale Analysis
ASD instruments are used for onsite monitoring of kerogen and bitumen quantities
Petroleum geologists utilize ASD instruments for improved definition of deposit mineralogy, real-time strata correlation, hole stability monitoring and dolomite porosity determination.
Mining Production and Mineral Processing
Evaluate and monitor mineral and ore properties to maximize a variety of mining processes and operations.
Mineral assemblage identification
Drill cutting analysis
Determining geochemical gradients
Clay species delineation
Faster vectoring to ore body
|Wavelength range||350-2500 nm|
|Resolution||3 nm @ 700 nm and 6 nm @ 1400/2100 nm|
|Scanning time||100 milliseconds|
|Signal-to-noise ratio||VNIR: 9,000:1 @ 700 nm
SWIR 1: 9,000:1 @ 1400 nm
SWIR 2: 4,000:1 @ 2100 nm
|Stray light||VNIR: 5000:1 (0.02%)
NIR: 10,000:1 (0.01%)
|Wavelength reproducibility||0.1 nm|
|Wavelength accuracy||0.5 nm|
|VNIR detector||(350-1000 nm) 512 element silicon array|
|SWIR 1 & 2 detectors||(1001-1800 nm) & (1801-2500 nm) Graded Index InGaAs Photodiode, TE Cooled|
|Certification and Approvals||CE certified: EN61010-1:2001 2nd Edition
EU Directive: 2006/95/EC, 2004/108/EC
NIST traceable calibration
|Communications||Wired: 10/100 Base T Ethernet port with Ethernet cross-over cable
Wireless: 802.11g/n wireless card
|Dimensions||(H x W x D) 12.7 x 36.8 x 29.2 cm (5 x 14.5 x 11.5 in)|
|Weight||5.44 kg (12 lbs)|
|Battery weight||1.2 kg (2.7 lbs)|
|Battery run time||Approximately 6 hours (without lamps or accessories)|
|Operating temperature||0 to 40° C (32 to 104° F)|
|Storage temperature||-15 to 45° C (5 to 113° F)|
|Input power||AC/DC switching power supply and a sealed lead-acid gel cell battery|
|AC input||90-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz|
|DC input||12 VDC, 60 W|
|Auxiliary port power||Output, +12 VDC, 27 Watt (max)|
|Software||RS3™ spectral acquisition software, Compatibility with The Spectral Geologist and SpecMin, Seamless interface with ENVI®, ASD ViewSpec™ Pro for post processing, optional Indico® Pro|
|Portability||Rugged instrument transportation case; optional customized backpack with soft-sided travel bag|
|Warranty||One year full warranty including expert customer support|
|Computer||Windows® 7 64-bit laptop (instrument controller)|
ASD TerraSpec® 4 Hi-Res Mineral Spectrometer
Probes and Lighting
The ASD Contact Probe is designed for contact measurements of solid raw materials such as minerals, grains, other granular materials. Its innovative optical design minimizes measurement errors associated with stray light and allows for measurement of samples through clear and transparent plastic bags.
In addition to the standard contact probe, ASD also offer the Hi-Brite contact probe and the Plant Probe.
All contact probes are available with a ruggedized cable feed and cable, designed for applications that involve extra cold or harsh temperatures. (see image below specifications)
|Length||10" ( 25.4 cm)|
|Weight||1.5 lbs (.7 kg)|
|Power requirements||12-18 VDC, 6.5 W|
|Lightsource type/Life (approx.)||Halogen bulb/1500 hours|
|Halogen bulb color temperature||2900 K|
|Spot size||10 mm|
The Fiber Optic Illuminator is a portable, external light source designed for use with ASD instruments and sampling accessories that do not have a built-in light source.
|Length||11.43 cm (4.5 inches)|
|Width||8.255 cm (3.25 inches)|
|Weight||292 grams (10.3 ounces)|
The ASD Muglight is designed for analysis of raw materials requiring reflectance and absorbance measurements. It can measure samples through glass vials, or using the ASD sampling tray adapter. It's unique and innovative design minimizes measurement errors associated with stray light and specular reflected components.
For users requiring higher intensity illumination, ASD also offers the Hi-Brite Muglight.
|Size||5.5” x 3.7” (14cm x 9.4cm)|
|Weight||2.91 lbs (1.3 kg)|
|Power requirements||Input power 5.5 W, bulb 4 W|
|Light source (type/life) approx.||Tungsten Quartz Halogen b/1500rs|
|Bulb color temp||2900 K|
|Spot size||12 mm|
The Rapid Analysis Probe is specifically designed for speedy spectral collection of powders and other fine-grained materials such as small uniform seeds and grains. Its beveled tip and metal jacket greatly speed up the spectral collection process of fine grained materials to optimize workflow. Simply insert the Rapid Analysis Probe into your fine-grained media, collect the spectrum, use a chemical wipe to swipe the probe clean and move on to the next sample. It’s that easy! The Rapid Analysis Probe comes with a gimbaled white reference for high performance calibration. It can be used for quantitative predictive models.
If using this probe with a spectrometer such as a TerraSpec mineral analyzer or a LabSpec lab analyzer without an integrated light source, a Fiber Optic Illuminator is necessary. The Fiber Optic Illuminator provides the light source needed for sample collection.
Length: 21.6 cm (8.5 inches)
Spot size: 4 mm
With an approximate spot size of only 2 mm, the Small Diameter Reflectance Probe was designed to collect spectra from individual small materials such as individual grains or vugs in a hand sample or rock core. It’s perfect for determining specific mineralogy of individual grains.
If using a spectrometer such as a TerraSpec mineral analyzer or a LabSpec lab analyzer without an integrated light source, a Fiber Optic Illuminator is required. The Fiber Optic Illuminator provides the necessary light source for sample collection.
Length: 10.2 cm (4 inches)
Field of View: 1 mm
When your application requires analysis of irregularly shaped or non-homogeneous samples, the ASD Turntable is ideal for obtaining a highly accurate average. Especially useful for instrument owners in the grain, agriculture, pulp and paper, food, plastics and mining industries.
The Turntable offers:
- 53.2 mm sampling spot size
- Rotates at 22 RPM
- Fits up to a 150mm sample dish
- Compact (8"x11"x11" or 20.32 cm x 27.94 cm x 27.94 cm) footprint.
The Turntable comes standard with a 4000 hour halogen light source and one standard 150 mm x 15 mm Petri dish.
The ASD Ergonomic Pro-Pack Backpack takes field portability to a higher level for FieldSpec®, LabSpec®, and TerraSpec® customers requiring the ultimate in portability.
Constructed of ultra-tough but lightweight material, the Ergonomic Pro-Pack Backpack weighs only 5.5 pounds (2.49 kg). The Pro-Pack Backpack positions the center of mass much closer to the body, and the easily adjustable ‘one size fits all' frame accommodates all body types for superior ergonomics.
Additionally, the Pro-Pack comes standard with:
- ‘Pull-out' waterproof rain hood built in
- Snap-on spool holder for protective storage of the fiber optic cable
- Larger storage pockets to hold the notebook controller and accessories
- Soft-sided travel case for backpack to aid in easy travel.
ASD carries a wide array of calibrated and non-calibrated diffuse white and gray reference panels in varying sizes (from 2 x 2 in. to 12 x 12 in. or 5.1 x 5.1 cm to 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) and reflectance levels, including encapsulated gray scale (NIST/NRC traceable) wavelength and USP standards for USP 1119. Calibrated panels come with certificate and documentation showing standard deviation and reflectance factors.
All reference panels and standards may be purchased separately. To provide our customers with a more cost-effective approach, specific sizes or styles of reference panels are included in accessory bundles designed for maximum compatibility with a particular application.
Your ASD sales representative will be able to advise you on the best option(s) for your needs.