Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES)


Each Q8 MAGELLAN is tailor-made to match your current and future requirements by an optimal selection from >200 available analytical channels: single or multi-base applications, trace analysis, or alloys. The Q8 MAGELLAN can be configured to master virtually any metal analysis task.


Metal analysis with low operational costs

The new generation of the Q8 MAGELLAN spectrometer is setting new standards with respect to stability, flexibility, ease-of-use and analytical functionality for the elemental analysis of metals including analysis of non-metallic inclusions.


  • 100% PMT-based performance supported by a digital plasma generator for unlimited time resolution including SSE and inclusion analysis
  • High-vacuum optics ensures optimal performance without argon purge
  • Heavy-duty, low maintenance spark-stand with co-axial argon flow
  • Automatic sample clamp ensures fast and reliable one-button operation
  • ArgonStop™ means no argon consumption during breaks with reduced start-up times and improved analytical performance on small samples and thin wires
  • True factory calibration with reference materials, evaluated by an expert to ensure highest accuracy and analytical quality


Bruker® Q8 MAGELLAN analyzer, precision and accuracy at work


Iron & Steel Alloys

Unreliable results lead to faulty batches with cost intensive rework. Steel producers need reliable, precise and accurate results, in a short time with low running costs. The Q8 MAGELLAN with its high vacuum optic delivers the stability and performance that primary metal producers and fabricators look for – including the ability to check impurities.


Inclusion Analysis in Steels

Non-metallic inclusions like oxides or sulfides play an important role for the steel cleanliness – and the demand for cleaner, higher-quality steels increases continuously. Key to premium products are lowest oxygen levels and best steel cleanliness degrees. With its SSE-capabilities and the “Metal-Cleanliness-Inspection” package, the Q8 MAGELLAN provides important quality indicators seamlessly.

Bruker® elemental analyzer for case hardening

High Purity Copper

The analysis of high purity copper requires reliable sub-ppm determination of metallic and non-metallic impurities and extremely low detection limits combined with highest accuracy. The Q8 MAGELLAN masters these demanding requirements by using superior PMT detectors in a high-vacuum optical system in a dedicated high-purity copper configuration.

Bruker® elemental analyzer for metal processing

Non-Ferrous Metals

The Q8 MAGELLAN is the ultimate choice for all kind of non-ferrous metals: aluminum  and magnesium alloys and impurities; nickel and cobalt alloys and impurities; lead, tin, and zinc alloys and impurities; copper and titanium alloys and impurities. Demanding tasks like analyzing oxygen in copper or nitrogen in steels pose no challenge for the Q8 MAGELLAN. Even precious metals (on request, subject to sample availability) can be analyzed.


Bruker® Q8 MAGELLAN spectrometer information


Optical system

- Paschen Runge / 750 mm
- Wavelength range: 110 nm – 800 nm
- Photomultiplier detectors

- Up to 128 analytical channels
- Single vacuum optic

Read-out system

- Time-resolved reading of single sparks

- Individually adjustable integration windows for all analytical channels with simultaneous acquisition of each single spark
- Scalable and microprocessor controlled read-out system

 - Integrators are matched to detector characteristics

- High-speed data aquisition board with a sampling rate up to 250 kHz

Instrument control

Use of LAN (TCP/IP) between PC and instrument as well as for all instrument
internal communication


 - Digital generation of any discharge curve
 - Current curve by programmable logic modules
 - Integrated emergency stop
 - Maintenance-free, inductive ignition, integrated emergency stop

 - Discharge time 10 µs to 2 ms
 - Max. 200 A peak current
 - Max. 1000 Hz spark sequence


 - Analysis software with integrated single spark evaluation

 - Material quality monitoring with dynamic internal and external limit check
 - Material identification of unknown samples
 - Integrated analysis management using SQL data base
 - Comprehensive statistic evaluation, SPC charts (option)
 - Email-supported reporting system
 - Integrated systems for diagnosis and maintenance via internet or telephone provide
efficient service at short term

Electrical Data

 - 230 V -15% / +10% or 115 V -15% / +10% (50/60 Hz)
 - 950 W during measurement, 350 W standby
 - 16 A slow blow fuse or 25 A slow blow fuse

Weights & Dimensions

 - 970 x 1050 x 1350 mm / 38 x 41 x 53“ (W x H x D)
 - Weight 300 kg / ~ 660 lbs.

Expert support designed for your Bruker® Q8 MAGELLAN

Compass Engineering is an authorized US dealer for Bruker® scientific lab equipment. Our highly qualified team also offers a wide range of services for your machine.

We offer troubleshooting, replacement parts, on-site repairs and maintenance service agreements for your Bruker® Q8 MAGELLAN analyzer. Contact us today.

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