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Thermo Offers Comprehensive EPA and EDD Reporting Software for ICP-MS

October 2004

Winsford, England — Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE:TMO) now offers a fully integrated software package for US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reporting using ICP-MS.   Combining the power of Thermo’s Plasma Lab software for the X Series ICP-MS with the established Metals Analytical Review and Reporting System (MARRS) from EISC, a scientific software development company (Las Vegas, Nevada), Thermo can now offer the most comprehensive reporting and electronic data deliverables (EDD’s) package for EPA methods.

The EPA uses a prescriptive approach using published guide methods for many chemical analysis techniques. The methods give detailed instructions on instrument specification and the quality control approach that should be used. Environmental analysis for regulatory work using ICP-MS must be of a consistent, high quality, and the laboratory undertaking the analysis must work from approved documented methods. For ICP-MS, relevant EPA methods include 200.8 (Office of Water) 1991; 6020 (Office of Solid Waste) 1994; 6020A (Office of Solid Waste) 1998 and ILM05.3D (Superfund’s Contract Laboratory Program) 2004.

Thermo’s X Series ICP-MS already offers complete compliance with the analytical part of the EPA methods using PlasmaLab’s Experiment Templates and optional Thermo Electron Productivity Packs. However, method approval also extends to the format of the reporting and the actual content of the reports and EDD’s themselves.   These reports and EDD’s can be very comprehensive and traditionally require a lot of manual data entry from the operator of the ICP-MS.   The implementation of MARRS with the X Series ICP-MS makes full use of the PlasmaLab XML data reporting system to minimize the amount of data entry required by the user to complete the EPA forms and EDD’s.

The MARRS/PlasmaLab XML combination maximizes the Performance Report capability of PlasmaLab to fully comply with the EPA requirements for Mass Calibration and Peak Width validation.   It is also possible to use the extra features of MARRS to link data from the LIMS with data from the X Series into a single report.

For more information about Thermo Electron’s X Series ICP-MS and associated reporting software, please call +1 800-532-4752 , e-mail analyze@thermo.com or visit www.thermo.com/elemental

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About Elemental Analysis
A leader in AA, ICP, ICP-MS, X-ray, Coulometry and OE spectrometers for fast, accurate analysis of liquids, solids, and powders, Thermo Electron’s elemental-analysis systems are used for process and quality control, environmental and hazardous-materials monitoring, and R&D in the environmental, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, food and beverage, petrochemical, metal, and geological markets. Our acclaimed line of elemental-analysis products includes mobile, desktop, laboratory, and automation models. For more information, visit www.thermo.com/elemental

About Thermo Electron
Thermo Electron Corporation is the world leader in analytical instruments. Our instrument solutions enable our customers to make the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place. Thermo’s Life and Laboratory Sciences segment provides analytical instruments, scientific equipment, services, and software solutions for life science, drug discovery, clinical, environmental, and industrial laboratories. Thermo’s Measurement and Control business is dedicated to providing analytical instruments used in a variety of manufacturing processes and in-the-field applications including those associated with safety and homeland security. Based near Boston, Massachusetts, Thermo has revenues of more than $2 billion, and employs approximately 10,000 people in 30 countries. For more information, visit www.thermo.com .

About EISC
EISC is a scientific software development company specializing in the automation of engineering and testing and analytical laboratory data production.   EISC’s products for analytical review and reporting, electronic data deliverables and electronic data validation are designed to facilitate the automatic processing of lab and engineering data.   All development focuses on providing a seamless transfer of information, regulatory compliance, increasing productivity, and maintaining quality assurance and data integrity.   For more information, visit www.eisc.net .

For further press information please contact: Charlotte Culley, Marketing Director, The Scott Partnership, The Old Barn, Holly House Estate, CRANAGE, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9LT, United Kingdom Tel: + 44 1606 837787 Fax: +44 1606 837757   E-mail: pr@scottmail.co.uk

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