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Portable FTIR Analysis: Revolutionising Industries with the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR

Portable FTIR Analysis: Revolutionising Industries with the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR

In the evolving landscape of analytical solutions, one technology has emerged as a true game-changer.

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis, a form of infrared spectroscopy, has taken a wide range of scientific and industrial sectors by storm, offering a portable and versatile solution for a wide range of analytical applications.

In this article, we delve into the world of portable FTIR analysis, including a detailed analysis of its features, how it can be of benefit to a wide variety of industries and a specific dissection of the flagship FTIR device, the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR.

What is FTIR and Why is it Transforming Industries?

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis allows scientists, researchers, and industry professionals to analyse a wide variety of solid, liquid and gas materials with exceptional precision. This technique capitalises on the interaction between molecules and infrared light to provide in-depth insights into molecular structures, chemical compositions, and material properties.

Unlike traditional methods, FTIR offers a non-destructive and rapid means of analysis, rendering it a revolutionary and indispensable tool across a wide range of industries.

Differences Between FTIR and NIR

Distinguishable from FTIR, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) is another non-destructive analytical technique that identifies the molecular composition of a sample.

Given NIR is already well-known, you may be wondering why FTIR is necessary and how the two methods differ.

The main difference between NIR and FTIR is the spectral range they use for analysis. Whilst NIR uses light in the near-infrared region (approximately 350-2500 nm), FTIR uses light in the mid-infrared region (approximately 4000-400 cm^-1).

This means that FTIR delves deeper into fundamental vibrations of material, resulting in enhanced accuracy and sensitivity. FTIR’s broader spectral range allows it to identify a wider array of functional groups, making it an ideal choice for more complex sample analysis.

While FTIR is particularly adept at identifying unknown compounds and identifying intricate molecular structures, it’s best used as a complement to NIR technology which can analyse compounds from a different perspective.

Introducing the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR: Redefining Portability and Performance

At the forefront of portable FTIR technology is the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR, the pinnacle of analytical instrumentation.

Portable Analytical Solutions (PAS) proudly partners with Agilent to offer this revolutionary device to industries seeking rapid, on-site material analysis. The Agilent 4300 leverages advanced FTIR capabilities in a portable form, enabling users to undertake spectroscopic analysis directly at the site of the sample, eliminating the need for transportation and laboratory-based testing.

Benefits of the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR

The Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR offers a wide array of unique benefits that are redefining the landscape of on-site analysis:

Portability and Convenience

Weighing only approximately two kilograms, the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR is a truly portable solution, enabling real-time analysis in remote locations and field sites.

Fast Results

The Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR provides rapid and accurate results, reducing analysis time from hours to seconds, in the pursuit of faster decision-making and process optimisation.


Applicable to mining, environmental science, agriculture, scrap sorting, and defence sectors, the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR’s versatility enables users to address a wide range of analytical tasks with a single device. It can also analyse solids, liquids and gases, saving you the hassle of switching devices for different types of samples.

Reduced Costs

By eliminating the need for laboratory analysis and transportation, the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR not only saves time but also significantly reduces operational costs.

FTIR’s Impact Across Diverse Industries

The versatility of FTIR analysis extends beyond its features and includes its application to a multitude of industries. Thanks to the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR, a portable solution, this is increasingly the case.


FTIR analysis assists in the identification of minerals, ores, and exploration of geological formations, enhancing efficiency and resource optimisation across multiple areas inside the wide scope of the mining industry.

Environmental Science

Environmental monitoring, pollution analysis, and soil quality assessment each benefit from FTIR’s ability to detect contaminants and quantify highly complex pollutant concentrations.


When it comes to agriculture, FTIR helps optimise crop yields by analysing soil composition, detecting nutrient deficiencies, and ensuring the quality of agricultural products. It serves as an important and informative precursor to many ongoing agri-business and agriculture decisions.

Scrap Sorting

In the field of recycling and waste management, FTIR technology identifies polymers and materials to assist the public sector and associated organisations in facilitating effective sorting and recycling processes.


FTIR plays a critical role in identifying hazardous materials, explosives, and chemical agents, aiding security personnel in their mission to ensure public safety.

Detailed Features of the Agilent 4300 Handheld FTIR

The Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR boasts an array of features that elevate its performance:

A User-Friendly Interface

The intuitive interface of the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR simplifies operations, making it accessible to both novice and experienced users.

Battery-Powered Operation

The device’s swappable 4-hour battery allows for extended field use, enabling relatively uninterrupted analysis even in remote locations.

Real-Time Data Analysis

The Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR assist in real-time on operations, and its near-instant data analysis empowers users to make informed decisions in the field.

Rugged Design

The Agilent 4300 is engineered for durability, with a rugged exterior capable of withstanding demanding environments, as it to be expected from a portable device that thrives in outdoor industries such as mining and agriculture.

Purchase an Agilent 4300 Analyser Today

Ensuring your team has the right tools is the most important step toward ensuring effective material analysis. Without it, significant time, resources, and reputation will be exhausted.

To ensure that your team, no matter the industry, can reap the rewards of material analysis in an increasingly competitive market, you need to acquire the Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR.

Get in touch with our experienced team at Portable Analytical Solutions today to purchase a new Agilent 4300 handheld FTIR for fast and portable compound analysis.