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Spectrum 3 MIR/NIR Spectrometer

From routine identification and verification to advanced research applications, you need the performance and flexibility to quickly, confidently, and cost effectively analyze a wide range of samples. The PerkinElmer Spectrum 3 FT-IR spectrometer provides the sampling flexibility and performance in mid, near, and far infrared ranges through a single instrument to advance research and new product development in academia, chemicals, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. The highly configurable platform provides dependable, consistent, and trouble-free operation through years of service.

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11,000 - 30 cm-1
11,000 - 375 cm-1
8,300 - 350 cm-1
8,300 - 350 cm-1
7,800 - 225 cm-1
14,700 -2,000 cm-1
14,700 - 350 cm-1
8,300 - 30 cm-1
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Spectrum 3 is loaded with a range of advanced innovations designed to provide you with exceptional performance and flexibility from the configuration you choose.


  • Exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and photometric performance
  • High reproducibility of spectral data without spectral interferences
  • Best-in-class sensitivity, even when using room temperature detectors
  • Characterize fast reactions with scan speed up to 100 scans/sec
  • Optimize sensitivity and spectral resolution performance


  • Maximize instrument uptime with a wide range of quickly interchangeable accessories
  • Simplified TG-IR hyphenation experience from a single vendor
  • Collaborate from any device, anywhere, any time with cloud connectivity
  • Perform routine analyses faster with on-instrument SmartPanel
  • Upgradeable to IR microscopy and imaging

Spectrum 3 is a complete solution with the flexibility and versatility to tackle any sample type for applications in, but not limited to:

  • Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals
  • Chemicals & materials
  • Polymers
  • Academia


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Product Brand Name Spectrum 3 Tri-Range FT-IR Spectrometer
Research Areas Food & Agriculture
Wave Length Range 14,700 - 350 cm-1
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Application Note

Analysis of Pharmaceutical Raw Materials Using the Tri-Range Spectrum 3 Infrared Spectrometer

Infrared Spectroscopy has become a ubiquitous tool in the analysis of pharmaceutical raw materials, with both Mid- and Near-infrared spectroscopy functioning as commonplace techniques for the investigation of both excipients and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Near-infrared spectroscopy is arguably the most common spectroscopic technique for the interrogation of incoming raw materials. Mid-infrared spectroscopy generally contains the most information regarding the chemical structure of an analyte, making it particularly useful for identification and analysis of active materials in pharmaceutical samples. This application note describes how the PerkinElmer Spectrum 3 FT-IR spectrometer together with the 21 CFR part 11 compliant Spectrum 10 software provides a high-performance solution for mid and near infrared analysis of materials used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) Measurements into the Far-Infrared Spectral Region on a Multi-range FT-IR Spectrometer

A typical FT-IR spectrometer will scan down to the long wavelength limit of approximately 400 cm-1 limited by the optical components such as the beamsplitter and detector which contain potassium bromide (KBr). However, there are a growing number of applications where the materials of interest exhibit spectral absorptions much further into the far-infrared region requiring instruments that can scan down below 100 cm-1. This application note describes how the Spectrum 3 tri-range version allows for multiple optical components to be installed on a single instrument allowing for coverage of a wide spectral range from 10,000 - 30 cm-1.

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Material Characterization Analyzers for Building Glass Measurements

Building or Architectural glass products control the amount of light and heat entering a building, offering safety and security, insulation against noise, providing privacy, comfort and decoration. Building glass products can play a vital role in improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in buildings which account for as much as 50 percent of the energy consumed in developed countries. Choosing the right materials used for buildings can significantly help improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

This application note discusses how PerkinElmer’s UV/Vis/NIR and Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FT-IR) spectrometers along with a range of accessories and software are specially tailored for measurement of optical solar and thermal properties of building glass, without the need for cutting into small pieces.

Monitoring Fast Chemical Reactions using Stopped-flow on a Rapid Scanning FT-IR Spectrometer

Spectroscopic techniques, especially infrared (IR) spectroscopy, can give specific chemical information, identifying intermediates and products during extremely fast reaction based on the spectral information collected. Modern FT-IR (fourier transform infrared) spectrometers have fast scan capabilities allowing for fast chemical reactions to be monitored in real time. The coupling of an FT-IR spectrometer with a stopped flow system can generate significant spectral and chemical information whilst retaining the integrity of the fast chemical reaction. This application note describes how the PerkinElmer Spectrum 3 equipped with the stopped-flow system provides valuable information on rapid kinetic experiments.

Time Resolved FT-IR Analysis of Cyanoacrylate Curing using Spectrum 3 FT-IR

Resins are used universally in the manufacture of a vast range of goods including electronics, disposable medical devices and even aerospace components. The polymerization reaction responsible for curing resins varies depending on the monomers used. One of the most commonly used types of resin valued for their rapid curing and strength of bond are cyanoacrylates, otherwise known as ‘superglues’. Due to the wide range of resin formulations with different uses and physical properties, it’s important to monitor and understand the mechanisms responsible for curing as well as their rates in order to optimize their efficient usage. This application note describes how the PerkinElmer Spectrum 3 FT-IR with a Universal Attenuated Total Reflectance (UATR) accessory may be used to measure the change in spectral information as the resin cures.

Tri-Range Applications of the Spectrum 3 Infrared Spectrometer

Spectroscopic analysis of glass used in both construction and the automotive industry is required to determine several very important parameters such as emissivity of glass to investigate their energy-saving capability. These measurements are carried out in the Mid- and Far-infrared regions. Infrared spectroscopy has also become a standard method in the analysis of pharmaceutical materials with the advantage of being fast and non-destructive. The near and mid-infrared regions are the most commonly used as they can provide detailed information about chemical structure (mid-infrared) and physicochemical properties (near-infrared). However, there are also some research applications of far-infrared spectroscopy such as the determination of solid-state structural properties and polymorphism studies.

This application note demonstrates the ability of the PerkinElmer Spectrum 3 to measure in multiple regions of the infrared spectrum to provide an all-in-one infrared solution for a wide variety of markets.



Comprehensive and Compliant Solutions for Glass Analysis

It’s clear, glass has a variety of uses, from practical to technological to decorative. In particular, float glass is widely used in architecture, automotive, transportation, photovoltaic, and solar industries.

For glass testing labs around the world, we offer highly accurate and tailored solutions including instrumentation, accessories, software, and services, to ensure you get the most out of your analysis. Focused and flexible, our technology enables glass manufacturers to determine efficient energy storage and test raw materials for the required properties. We provide industry-trusted solutions that align with the latest glass regulations (EN, ISO, and CIE), improving the flow and productivity of your lab. Download our Interactive Brochure to learn more.

From R&D to QA/QC

Innovation is the lifeblood of industrial polymer development – the push to improve materials or develop new ones infuses new life into the industry from R&D through to QA/QC. Manufacturers are continually challenged to ensure effective quality control and streamline processes while meeting stringent standards. Increasingly they must design for recycling and/or reuse in an ever more waste-adverse economy, keep a watchful eye on costs and stay ahead of the competition.

In response, we've gained years of experience developing a range of analytical capabilities to address a wide range of polymer analysis needs.

Download the interactive brochure to learn more about the most common challenges and our solutions in the market.

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

Meat and Seafood Testing Solutions

Food testing labs like yours are constantly challenged with accurately analyzing samples quickly and efficiently - all while striving to reduce costs due to market forces. Your commitment to ensuring meat and seafood are safe for consumption, as demand increases, is an uphill battle.

Our commitment to you: to provide a range of solutions across multiple technologies, products, and services that meets or exceeds the testing needs of food processors. Our solutions offer more efficiency and increased accuracy and sensitivity for better yields in real time with minimal training.

From instrumentation and software to consumables and reagents to service and support, we are dedicated to providing you with end-to-end solutions that ease your everyday challenges of automation, throughput, service, and time to results.

NetPlus for IR - Cloud-Based Networking Platform

Great scientific instrumentation is only as powerful as the software that runs it. In a rapidly advancing, globally interconnected world, your business is dependent on your workforce’s ability to connect, securely share, and collaborate in real-time. PerkinElmer NetPlus for IR is a powerful cloud-based software to help collaborate, coordinate, and control your valuable FT-IR analyses safely and securely across your organization. Share IR data, methods and results through the web with your colleagues anytime and anywhere. Whether you manage one instrument or an FT-IR network of one hundred instruments, NetPlus for IR streamlines your tasks and helps you be more productive.

Read the brochure to learn more about how the NetPlus for IR software helps you to collaborate, coordinate, and control your FT-IR analyses anytime and anywhere.

Spectrum 3 FT-IR Interactive Brochure

The PerkinElmer Spectrum 3 FT-IR spectrometer provides the sampling flexibility and analytical performance in mid, near, and far infrared ranges through a single instrument to advance research and new product development in academia, chemicals, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Read the interactive brochure to learn more about the patented technology, applications, and service that PerkinElmer offers to make Spectrum 3 a complete solution to advance your science.



Evolved Gas Analysis - Hyphenated Technology Guide

The needs for polymer, pharmaceutical, chemicals, food and beverage, and environmental analyses are constantly changing due to innovation demands and regulation changes.

Evolved Gas Analysis (EGA) solutions combine multiple analytical technologies to empower speed and advanced information acquisition. Coupling Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) systems with other analytical systems such as Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy represents the most complete and advanced EGA solutions for gaining insights beyond decomposition of materials, by carrying out in-depth characterization of the evolved gases.

This comprehensive technology guide is your guide to understanding how hyphenation provides the insights - not just WHEN something has happened, but also WHAT happened.


Regulatory Compliance Certification

Product Certificate - Spectrum 3

Product Certificate for the Spectrum 3 FT-IR Spectrometer


Technical Note

Demonstrating the accuracy of transmittance measurements for high refractive index materials

There are several well known sources of error in standard FT-IR instruments that lead tospectral artifacts and inaccurate transmittance values for such samples1. These have beenaddressed in the Frontier Optica. Interreflections involving the source, interferometer, sampleand detector have all been eliminated. The use of delta-sigma analog-to-digital conversionavoids the need for gain switching and ensures excellent linearity.

Reflection Measurements in IR Spectroscopy

Most materials absorb infrared radiation very strongly. As a result samples have to be prepared as thin films or diluted in non-absorbing matrices in order to measure their spectra in transmission. There is no such limitation on measuring spectra by reflection, so that this is a more versatile way to obtain spectroscopic information. However reflection spectra often look quite different from transmission spectra of the same material. Here we look at the nature of reflection spectra and see when they are likely to provide useful information. This discussion considers only methods for obtaining so-called external reflection spectra not ATR techniques.


White Paper

Selection Criteria for Analytical Technologies that Meet Polymer Manufacture and Recycling Testing Needs

This white paper discusses what testing is required at each step in the polymer production lifecycle from R&D to manufacture to recycling. It explores the analytical technologies that will meet those testing needs, and important considerations to help you select the instrumentation that will provide you with actionable and reliable data.

From raw materials through intermediate and end products to recycling, each company needs a comprehensive and targeted testing program to ensure the quality of their work and regulatory compliance. Some operate their own in-house testing whilst others outsource testing to a contract laboratory for all or part of their analytical needs. In both scenarios, it is important that the company or laboratory carefully evaluate their needs and the ability of potential suppliers, instruments, and software to meet those needs.