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Avio 550 Max ICP-OES Oils Configuration

The Avio® 550 Max is a compact, fully simultaneous ICP-OES instrument, ideal for labs with high throughput requirements. It utilizes a vertical plasma and is engineered to handle even the most difficult, high-matrix samples without dilution, delivering productivity, performance and faster return on investment. Plus, Syngistix for ICP software provides an intuitive and smart environment with smart monitoring for real-time instrument and sample diagnostics as well as results viewing to easily track sample analysis, quality control, and internal standard performance to guarantee sample accuracy.

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Proprietary features on the Avio 550 Max ICP-OES include:

  • Flat Plate plasma technology delivers a more robust, stable plasma, the lowest argon consumption of any ICP, and is maintenance-free
  • PlasmaShear system offers maintenance-free, argon-free interference removal
  • Universal Data Acquisition in Syngistix software, only available on the Avio 550/560 Max, enables simultaneous acquisition of all available wavelengths, with virtually no time or storage penalty
  • Vertical plasma torch design provides 100% matrix tolerance, minimizing sample preparation time
  • Dual view optimizes axial and radial plasma viewing to the extended linear dynamic range, measuring high and low concentrations in the same run, regardless of wavelength
  • Advanced optical system with free-form and off-axis coated optics brings improved precision, accuracy and speed
  • Color PlasmaCam provides continuous viewing of the plasma, simplifying method development and enabling remote diagnostic capabilities
  • Syngistix for ICP Software delivers an intuitive, left-to-right, icon-based design, mirroring the progression of your workflow with smart features that guide you through each step for greater control and confidence

And for added flexibility, the Avio 550 Max is available in three configurations, allowing you to select the option best suited for your application(s). This configuration of the Avio 550 Max is ideal for organic analysis applications such as the Caterpillar® S.O.S.SM Program and ASTM® methods D4951 and D5185.


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Depth 84.0 cm
Height 87.0 cm
Model Name Avio 550 Max Oils
Warranty 1 Year
Weight 163.0 kg
Width 76.0 cm
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Application Note

A Novel Approach to Analysis of In-Service Lubricants for Particle Size/Count and Metal Content

Particle counting is becoming a more routine tool for lubricant condition monitoring and maintenance programs to better identify particles of certain sizes and concentrations that can contribute to machine failure. In-service oils and other lubricants are monitored for particle size similarly to how they are monitored for elemental concentration. An increase in the ISO code (ISO 4406) for particle count or concentration of key wear metals indicates when maintenance is required.

By adding the LPC 500 liquid particle counter in-line with the Avio® 550 Max ICP-OES Oils system, lubricant samples can be analyzed for both wear metals and particles all in one run with results repeatably within one ISO code for the >4, >6 µm sizes for transmission and gear oil. Throughput of 45 seconds on average per sample with less than 1 mL is achieved for both ICP as well as particle counting and sizing, all with the smallest automated particle counting system in the lubricants testing industry.

Download this application note to learn more.

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Analysis of In-Service Coolants Following ASTM D6130 with the Avio 550 Max ICP-OES

To maintain healthy engines, both their lubricants and coolants need to be changed or monitored regularly. Lubricant analysis for additives and wear metals by ICP-OES is standardized and has been occurring for years. However, since the coolant system is the next biggest point of failure for engines, many in-service lubricant labs are now also being asked to measure the elemental concentrations of engine coolant samples to monitor additive levels, corrosion metals, and contaminants in order to determine if the coolant is still fit for use.

This work demonstrates the ability of the Avio® 550 Max fully simultaneous ICP-OES to measure in-service coolant samples, providing accurate multi-element determination and long-term stability in accordance with ASTM method D6130.

Analysis of In-Service Oils Following ASTM D5185 with the Avio 550 Max ICP-OES

Globally, heavy machinery is used in construction, mining, and a variety of other areas. As the scale of the operations increase, the size, complexity, and cost of the equipment also increase, meaning that breakdowns can be costly, both in equipment repair and lost revenue. As a result, preventive maintenance is paramount. Lubricants are among the key fluids that can be tested, especially the oil used in engines. By monitoring the elemental concentration of the oil or other lubricants (hydraulics, transmission, gear), the status of that compartment can be determined.

This work demonstrates the ability of the Avio® 550 Max fully simultaneous ICP-OES to meet the criteria of ASTM Method D5185 for the analysis of in-service oils. When used in conjunction with the ASXpress, sample throughput is dramatically increased, meeting the needs of high-volume labs.

Analysis of Metals in Disposable Non-Medical Face Masks in Accordance with ISO 18562-4:2017 Using the Avio 550 Max ICP-OES

With the COVID-19 global pandemic, the utilization of face masks to limit transmission of the viral illness has gained traction. The most common type used is the 3-layer disposable, hygienic face mask. As with any consumer product, it is important that these face coverings are free of chemicals or hazards for the people that wear them, including metals. While no specific methods exist for the analysis of metals in non-medical face coverings, ISO 18562-4:2017 Biocompatibility of Breathing Gas Pathways in Healthcare Applications – Part 4: Leachables in Condensate may be relevant and applied, since it discusses the sample preparation, analytes and methodologies used to evaluate data quality.

This work describes the sample preparation and analysis of metals in disposable, non-medical face masks using the Avio® 550 Max ICP-OES, to meet the criteria defined in ISO 18562-4:2017. The Avio 550 Max is a fully simultaneous ICP and was chosen for this application due to its exceptional stability, its high resolution, which aids in interference removal, and its low argon consumption.

Analysis of Wastewaters Following U.S. EPA 200.7 Using the Avio 550 Max ICP-OES

The prevention and control of water pollution is of critical importance to protecting both human and environmental health, and as a result, water must be monitored for pollutants at various stages, starting from the discharge of wastes and wastewaters all the way through the production of drinking water. In this regard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed Method 200.7 for the determination of metals and trace elements in waters and wastes by ICP-OES.

This work demonstrates the ability of the Avio® 550 Max fully simultaneous ICP-OES to efficiently and accurately perform wastewater analysis following the guidelines in U.S. EPA Method 200.7.

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Avio Max Series ICP-OES Interactive Brochure

Nowadays, laboratories are expected to tackle quick turnaround times and meet lower detection limits, while at the same time deliver high levels of sample accuracy – and although workloads and workflows may vary, the need to work quickly doesn’t. Plus, labs are looking to lower operating costs and reduce maintenance.

Meet the Avio® Max series – the ICP-OES systems that are as comfortable with multitasking as you are. No matter your workload or workflow needs, you can rely on the Avio Max series for robust and low-maintenance ICPs, delivering ease of use with intuitive, smart software and low cost of ownership.

Learn more about the advantages of the Avio Max series ICP-OES – download the interactive brochure.

In-Depth Battery Component Testing

As the world moves to embrace renewable energy sources and reduce our global CO2 emissions, it will also be more dependent than ever on better battery technology, powering the demands of industries such as automotive, energy storage, and portable consumer goods like power tools, computers, and phones. We understand that laboratories analyzing battery components need reliable, accurate solutions and services to help them to:

  • Design and develop safer batteries that are resistant to heat and wear
  • Continue to improve on battery performance
  • Increase battery lifespan while reducing weight and mass



Atomic Spectroscopy, A Guide to Selecting the Appropriate Technique and System

Atomic spectroscopy is a family of techniques for determining the elemental composition of an analyte by its electromagnetic or mass spectrum. Several analytical techniques are available:

  • Atomic absorption (AA): flame and graphite furnace
  • Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

And selecting the most appropriate one is the key to achieving accurate, reliable, real-world results.

This guide provides a basic overview of the most commonly used techniques and the information necessary to help you select the one that best suits your specific needs and applications.



Advanced Solutions for Solar Cells

Download this poster for an all-in-one view of how PerkinElmer instrumentation can answer the analytical needs of the solar market. From R&D of nanomaterials and advanced materials to solar cell component testing including aging and defect analysis - our UV/Vis, DSC, TGA, FT-IR and ICP systems help our customers face a range of similar challenges to achieve high product quality and reduce costs.

ESI - PKI Ultra High Speed Analysis of Soils by ICP-OES

Commercial soil testing laboratories and industrial agrochemicals manufacturers routinely test soil for nutrients to enable agriculturists and farmers to make informed decisions to improve crop yield with fertilizer formulation and application. At key times of the year, soil testing labs and chemicals manufacturers may be required to analyze several thousand samples per day, necessitating high throughput solutions.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) has been routinely used by soil and chemicals laboratories to determine soil nutrients due to its ability to determine all the nutrient elements simultaneously, which drastically improves laboratory productivity. Utilizing a high-speed Mehlich-3 extraction method and a FAST sample introduction system for ICP-OES reduces soil nutrient analysis to as little as 6-7 seconds per sample. Download this poster to learn how this solution greatly simplifies method development and leads to more trouble-free analyses for the high-throughput soil testing laboratory.


Product Note

Avio 550/560 Max Fully Simultaneous ICP Optical Emission Spectrometers

With a fully simultaneous system, high sensitivity and superior resolution, the Avio® 550 and 560 Max ICP optical emission spectrometers help your lab accomplish more – even with the most difficult samples – while making the most of your resources. The Avio 550/560 Max ICP-OES systems deliver the productivity you need with the high-quality performance and faster return on investment your work demands. The instruments’ performance is further optimized by Syngistix for ICP software, thanks to a host of smart features developed with the user in mind, providing smart workflows, smart monitoring and smart data.

Download this product note to learn more about the unique benefits of the Avio 550 and 560 Max fully simultaneous the ICP-OES systems, delivering high throughput with low cost of ownership.

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Syngistix Cross-Platform Atomic Spectroscopy Software

PerkinElmer's Syngistix is a workflow-based software designed to offer a harmonized user experience across PerkinElmer’s AA, ICP and ICP-MS platforms.

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Syngistix for ICP - Smart Software for Every Workflow

Syngistix for ICP software boasts a number of smart features designed to optimize your workflows and the performance of the Avio® Max ICP-OES instruments – from initial instrument setup to final results – for consistent, efficient, reliable operation. Flexible and easy to use, these smart features offer immediate benefits whether you’re running the instruments, running the laboratory, or running the business.

Download this product note to learn more about Syngistix for ICP software.


Regulatory Compliance Certification

Product Certificate - Avio 500 and Avio 500 Max Series

Product Certificate for the Avio 500 and Avio 500 Max Series


Technical Note

Advantages of PerkinElmer's PlasmaShear Technology for ICP-OES

ICP-OES is a rugged, robust technique capable of analyzing complex matrices containing percent levels of dissolved solids without the need for dilution. Nevertheless, to ensure accurate, robust analyses several challenges must be overcome. Two important obstacles are self-absorption by the plasma and dealing with the dissolved solids which are not vaporized in the plasma. PerkinElmer’s proprietary PlasmaShear technology is a fully integrated and automated interference-removal system that delivers problem-free axial analysis while protecting the optics from corrosion and deposition.

Learn more about the benefits of PlasmaShear technology, only available on the Avio® Max series ICP-OES - download the technical note.

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Avio 550/560 Max ICP-OES Optical System and SCD Detector

The Avio® 550/560 Max ICP-OES systems offer superior detection limits and line selection thanks to their optical system that centers on a unique high-performance solid-state detector – the segmented-array charge-coupled device (SCD) detector – with an echelle-based polychromator designed to fully utilize the capabilities of the SCD. Using a PerkinElmer echelle grating optimized for UV performance and a free-form optic – the Schmidt cross-disperser – the Avio 550/560 Max ICP-OES systems have exceptional optical throughput and excellent resolution, providing superior detection limits and line selection.

Download this technical note to learn more about the advantages of the Avio 550/560 Max’s optical system and SCD detector.

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Avio Max Series ICP-OES Solid-State RF Generator for Flat Plate Plasma

PerkinElmer's Avio® Max series ICP-OES spectrometers feature a free-running solid-state RF generator for Flat Plate plasma, a proprietary technology which generates a transversely symmetrical plasma, replacing previous helical-coil induction. This approach produces a flat-bottom shaped plasma which prevents sample and vapors from escaping around the outside. With Flat Plate technology, the same robust, matrix-tolerant plasma is generated and maintained with approximately half the argon consumption of helical load-coil systems. Maintenance-free, this innovative approach to RF generation minimizes operating costs without compromising performance.

Download this technical note to learn more about the Avio Max series' RF generator and Flat Plate plasma technology.

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Flat Plate Plasma Technology on the Avio Max Series ICP-OES

A robust and stable plasma is essential when performing analytical analyses by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The plasma is traditionally generated by passing argon through a series of concentric quartz tubes (the ICP torch) within a helical, radio frequency (RF) induction coil. Once established, this highly-ionized argon plasma canreach temperatures as high as 10,000 K, allowing for complete atomization of the compounds within a sample and minimizing the potential for chemical interferences.

PerkinElmer's patented Flat Plate plasma technology for the Avio® Max series ICP-OES provides several advantages over traditional helical coil systems - while capable of accommodating the same sample introduction systems and achieving comparable analytical precision, Flat Plate technology achieves greater plasma robustness and stability because of its unique design, leading to less sample loss, greater analytical signal, lower argon consumption, and less maintenance.

Read more about the benefits of Flat Plate plasma technology - download the technical note.

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HP-ICP-OES: Using the Avio 550/560 Max to Achieve the Highest Possible Precisions

When performing measurements with ICP-OES, precisions (i.e. relative standard deviations, RSDs) of 1-2% are typical. However, applications exist where greater precision is required, such as in the analysis of precious metals, major components in battery materials, and verification of the matrix composition of samples. For these applications, a simple way of achieving high precision measurements is through high precision ICP-OES (HP-ICP-OES), an invaluable tool only available on the Avio® 550/560 Max systems.

Download this technical note to fully understand the true capabilities of the Avio 550/560 Max fully simultaneous systems for your high-precision applications.

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Multicomponent Spectral Fitting on the Avio Max Series ICP-OES

Baseline and interfering element correction (IEC) are used with ICP optical emission spectrometry to correct analytical signals for contributions from the plasma, the matrix or elements other than the analyte. If the contributions from these components are not corrected accurately, the analytical result will be erroneous. Yet both correction techniques rely on interpolated or extrapolated correction factors. Although the two techniques can improve performance with some types of samples, they are not universally applicable.

For greater accuracy, using a full segment of the spectrum around the analyte wavelength is preferred to using just one or two points. To address this, PerkinElmer developed Multicomponent Spectral Fitting (MSF), a standard feature on the Avio® Max series ICP-OES instruments. MSF can significantly improve your analytical results – detection limits, accuracy, and precision.

Learn more about Multicomponent Spectral Fitting on the Avio Max series ICP-OES – download this technical note.

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Universal Data Acquisition in Syngistix Software for Avio 550/560 Max ICP-OES

Universal Data Acquisition (UDA), a proprietary feature within Syngistix software on the Avio® 550/560 Max ICP-OES, allows for simultaneous acquisition of all available wavelengths all of the time with just a click of the mouse. UDA is much more than a semi-quantitative application – it will provide quantitative results without requiring a separate mode of analysis, uses virtually no extra storage space, and can be added during your normal routine analysis.

Learn more about Universal Data Acquisition only available on the Avio 550/560 Max ICP-OES – download the technical note.

Vertical Dual View on the Avio Max Series ICP-OES

The Avio® Max series ICP-OES incorporates a vertically oriented plasma with complete dual-viewing optics under computer and software control. Its dual view technology optimizes axial and radial plasma viewing to the extended linear dynamic range, measuring high and low concentrations in the same run, regardless of wavelength. Any wavelength can be used in the radial, axial, or mixed viewing modes in a single method without sacrificing quality, truly offering the best of both worlds.

Read more about the benefits of dual view technology on the Avio Max series vertical plasma ICP-OES spectrometers – download the technical note.