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Spectrum Two N FT-NIR Spectrometer

The Spectrum Two N is a high-performance, yet robust and transportable FT-NIR system platform enabling simple, reliable NIR analyses. It’s the perfect system for labs that need to combine high-end performance with the ease-of-use features of a portable instrument, allowing users with different levels of expertise, from novice to seasoned professionals, to be proficient with it in no time.

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High Performance FT-NIR That Goes Where You Go

Spectrum Two N FT-NIR spectrometer distills 75 years of PerkinElmer spectroscopy into a compact, high-performance yet robust FT-NIR. Simple to use, dependable and adaptable with optimized “plug-and-play” sampling accessories and modules coupled with a comprehensive software platform, Spectrum Two N systems are suited to a wide range of applications. Whatever your specific NIR application needs, in or out of the lab, the Spectrum Two N delivers outstanding performance and reliability to provide high-performance, dependable NIR measurement solutions.

Spectrum Two N FT-NIR spectrometers feature:

  • Standard, high-performance, room-temperature LiTaO3 (lithium tantalate) NIR detector
  • Optional, high-sensitivity, temperature stabilized InGaAs detector for use in quantitative, low light applications
  • Standard Atmospheric Vapor Compensation (AVC), Absolute Virtual Instrument (AVI), and Automatic Performance Verification (APV) for accurate and reproducible results anywhere
  • Optional Spectrum Two N Portability Pack enabling wireless connectivity, battery powered operation, and convenient transport with the dedicated Spectrum Two N carry case

For Every Application

PerkinElmer recognizes that every application is different. The result is a complete solution to provide the fastest assurance of the quality of your materials, regardless of the application. Some of the industry applications that the Spectrum Two N is designed to accommodate include:

  • Pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals
  • In-service lubricants and fuels
  • Environmental
  • Polymers
  • Academia

For these specific applications, we offer various “plug-and-play” sampling accessories and modules enhancing the versatility of the Spectrum Two N FT-NIR.


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Depth 30.0 cm
Detector Type LiTaO3
Height 21.0 cm
Operating Range 5 - 45 °C
Portable Yes
Product Brand Name Spectrum Two N
Product Group Instrument
Research Areas Food & Agriculture
Warranty 1 Year
Weight 13.0 kg
Width 45.0 cm


Detector Software Part Number
LiTaO­3 Spectrum 10 L1390021
LiTaO­3 Spectrum 10 ES L1390022
InGaAs Spectrum 10 L1390023
InGaAs Spectrum 10 ES L1390024



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A Comparison of Two FT-NIR Sampling Techniques for SIMCA Classification of Spectroscopically Similar Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

NIR Spectroscopy is a useful technique throughout various stages of the manufacturing process but is particularly useful for raw materials identification and verification. If the materials to be identified are spectroscopically dissimilar, it is often only necessary to use a simple distance measure such as a spectral difference for identification. If the spectra are similar, on the other hand, it may be necessary to use more sophisticated techniques which take into consideration both the intra- and inter-material spectral variation for identification and classification.

Analysis of Pharmaceutical Raw Materials Through Packaging Using an FT-NIR Fiber Optic Probe

The analysis of all incoming pharmaceuticalraw materials is a key part of 21CFR compliance (section 211.84). It is therefore important to have a high-throughput method by which raw materials may be analysed in a loading bay or warehouse,while also preventing sample exposure.

Detecting Quinoa Flour Using FT-NIR

Quinoa flour is a high-value product and, therefore, susceptible to adulteration with lower-value flours. Fourier Transform Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-NIR) provides a quick and easy method to determine the identity and concentration of any adulterants present in quinoa flour.

Detection of Avocado Oil Adulteration

Avocado oil, a high-value product, may be adulterated with lower-value oils in order to increase profit margins. These adulterant oils may include nut-containing oils which may induce a dangerous allergic reaction for consumers with nut allergies. This works shows how near-infrared spectroscopy with a HTM accessory can provide accurate detection and identification of adulterant oils in avocado oil. Tthe Adulterant Screen algorithm rapidly identifieds the adulterant present and provides a relatively accurate estimate of the adulterant concentration.

Determination of PV and AV in Fried Palm Oil

During the frying process, palm oil undergoes a series of degradation reactions, caused by heat, water and air, which results in oxidation of the oil and can ultimately reduce the quality of the oil and cause adverse health effects for consumers. The extent of oxidation in the oil can be assessed by determining the peroxide value (PV). Generally, the lower the PV, the higher the quality of the oil but very rancid oils, with high levels of oxidation, may have a reduced PV due to peroxides decomposing to form aldehydes and other secondary oxidation products. The acid value (AV) measures how many fatty acids have been cleaved from their parent molecule due to hydrolysis, which may result from the oxidation of the peroxides. The extent of oxidation in the oil can be assessed by determining the peroxide value (PV). Generally, the lower the PV, the higher the quality of the oil but very rancid oils, with high levels of oxidation, may have a reduced PV due to peroxides decomposing to form aldehydes and other secondary oxidation products. The acid value (AV) measures how many fatty acids have been cleaved from their parent molecule due to hydrolysis, which may result from the oxidation of the peroxides.

Determination of Quality Parameters of Crude Palm Oil using NIR Spectroscopy and Multivariate Analysis

Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an already widely used technique in the food industry for quantitative analysis of nutritional and quality parameters. Chemometric techniques, such as partial least squares (PLS), used in conjunction with NIR spectroscopy offers an alternative rapid and non-destructive method to the wet chemistry reference methods for the analysis of crude palm oil (CPO), with multiple property values being determined simultaneously.

Determination of THC and CBD in Cannabis Flower

This work shows an on-site, rapid and low-cost technique for the accurate measurement of flower potency. FT-NIR spectroscopy provides rich information regarding the chemical composition of cannabis flower. When combined with chemometrics, the FT-NIR offers unparalleled speed and simplicity that cannot be matched by traditional techniques. PerkinElmer Spectrum Two NIR with the Near Infrared Reflectance Module (NIRM) is used to quantify total THC and total CBD in dried cannabis flower. The use of FT-NIR directly at the grow site would reduce overall research and development costs for cultivators.

Discrimination of Herbal Lifestyle Products Using AssureID SIMCA and COMPARE Algorithms

Herbal lifestyle products are widely used as alternatives to medicines around the world, with as many as 80% of people using them as a primary source of healthcare in developing countries. These treatments are commonly regarded by scientific papers, and on some occasions the media, as being inferior to orthodox treatment. This is due to the variation between herbal formulations which will not be present in so called ‘single-chemical’ drugs. The reasons for the aforementioned variation involve several factors including storage, environmental conditions, handling and unintentional or intentional contamination (adulteration).

Identification of Counterfeit Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors using NIR Spectroscopy and Chemometrics

The exact number of counterfeit medicines produced/consumed each year is difficult to determine due to the usually illegitimate methods by which they are distributed. However, the scale of the problem can be represented by the fact that 20 million pills, bottles, and sachets of counterfeit medicines were seized in a five-month operation conducted by the International Criminal Police Organization in China and South-East Asia.

Verification of Pharmaceutical Raw Materials using the Spectrum Two N FT-NIR Spectrometer

Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an important technique for materials checking at various stages of the manufacturing process, but is particularly useful at the raw materials inspection stage. Raw materials come in a variety of physical forms including liquids, gels, and solids, requiring a versatile instrument with convenient, interchangeable sampling modules to cater to the entire range of raw materials encountered.



A Guide to General USP Chapters

Quality and consistency of medicines is critical to ensuring their identity, strength, and purity is at a safe level for human consumption.

That's why we rely on strict guidelines – to guarantee medications that make it to the shelves are exactly what they claim to be. This guide helps provide a simple breakdown of USP Chapters and what they contain, so that you can be confident your products are in compliance.

Cannabis Testing Solutions Brochure

Whether your lab is well established or just starting up, having a single-source partner who can offer turnkey solutions that meet the current regulations is essential to a successful business. For years, we’ve worked with government and contract cannabis laboratories to develop industry-leading methods, technology, and exceptional return on investment. We help drive analytical standards and commit to ensuring your laboratory has maximum uptime. Learn about our various testing methods and applications for cannabis analyses. Let us work with you to build an efficient workflow, so you can focus on growing your business and brand.

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.



Palm Oil Analysis. Complete lab solutions from upstream to downstream

Quality control-monitoring and testing are important in ensuring the quality of palm oil. The quality control parameters are used to judge the quality of palm oil products and it can be monitored and tested to ensure that the palm oil is not deliberately or accidentally adulterated.



Simplified In-Service Lubricant Analysis for OilExpress 4 Ensemble Flyer

Your in-service lubricant testing lab demands high productivity and reliable results. Does your lab measure up to today’s standards with:

  • Effortless high-throughput oil analysis
  • Reliability and cost efficiency operations for highly automated, rapid, reliable oil condition monitoring results
  • Recognized industry standard protocols such as ASTM® and JOAP
  • With a full suite of instrumentation like Spectrum Two FT-IR and OilExpress 4 systems, consumables, training, and service, our combined oil condition monitoring package is designed to support every key aspect of your oil analyses.

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    Safeguarding the Authenticity of Herbs & Spices

    Infrared (IR) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy are fast, easy-to-use techniques with a history of being used for food applications such as those for measuring protein, moisture, and fat content. Food fraud and adulteration has become of particular concern to the industry over the past few years following reports of incidents in the media, with herbs and spices identified as one of the key problem areas.

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    Regulatory Compliance Certification

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    Product Certificate for the Spectrum Two N

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    White Paper

    Data Integrity – Spectrum 10 Enhanced Security (ES) Software for Infrared Spectroscopy

    The FDA defines data integrity as “completeness, consistency, and accuracy of data. Complete, consistent, and accurate data should be attributable, legible, contemporaneously recorded, original or a true copy, and accurate (ALCOA)”. ALCOA itself has evolved to ALCOA Plus, which incorporates two of the fundamental definition terms as stated by the FDA; complete, consistent, enduring, and available. Compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 is mandatory for pharmaceutical companies and their suppliers to sell products into the United States, and also applies to other related industries.

    PerkinElmer’s Spectrum™ 10 Enhanced Security (ES) software platform for infrared spectroscopy provides structural requirements and features to assist with the needs for ensuring data integrity and compliance. It affords the system owner the ability to comply with regulations and incorporate features into the validation plan to exhibit compliance. The purpose of this document is to demonstrate how Spectrum 10 ES meets the technical requirements for 21 CFR Part 11.

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    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.

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