ASD LabSpec 4 Series

The ASD LabSpec 4 offers laboratory-grade performance in a robust, portable design suitable for benchtop analysis or transport to the sample location. Designed for industrial, manufacturing, laboratory, and field environments, it performs rapid, non-destructive materials analysis for qualitative and quantitative applications.

The LabSpec 4 product line utilises the same spectrometer configurations as ASD’s FieldSpec line of spectroradiometers, long recognised as the “gold standard” in portable near-infrared (NIR) field spectroscopy.

Analytik is the exclusive UK and Ireland supplier of Malvern Panalytical’s ASD range of high performance portable spectrometers for the lab, field and factory.

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LabSpec 4

Faster, more accurate and more portable, the updated LabSpec 4 spectrometer is a versatile and precise measurement device in a mobile package. The LabSpec 4 line uses ASD’s cutting-edge near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to measure a wide variety of solids and liquids with exacting results in the lab or on site.

NIR energy penetrates several millimeters into organic substances to evaluate multiple properties simultaneously, allowing the system to analyse materials in real-time with minimal sample prep required. The new LabSpec 4 full-range Vis/NIR (350-2500 nm) analyser features several enhanced capabilities over previous models including:

  • Enhanced configuration provides a twofold increase in performance in the SWIR region for faster, more complete material measurement.
  • Well-balanced, consistent signal-to-noise characteristics at high analytic throughput rates, allowing the precise processing of hundreds of samples per day.
  • Improved portability thanks to a standard 802.11g Wi-Fi connection and an optional ruggedised fiber optic cable.

Key Features:

  • Portable, rugged and robust, yet with no compromise in performance
  • 350-2500 nm wavelength range
  • Extreme sensitivity with Cooled InGaAs TurboScanner™ technology
  • Up to 2150 data points per spectra (1 nm data interval)
  • Complete scanning time in 100 ms (0.1 sec)
  • Unique low stray light post dispersive optical system
  • Industry standard SMA fibre optic connectivity enables countless sampling capabilities
  • Real time interface with Grams™, Unscrambler® and other chemometrics packages

LabSpec 4 Models:

  • The LabSpec 4 Standard-Res, with a 10 nm resolution, is optimised for measurement of materials with broader spectral features, such as food and feed products, forestry products, and a variety of raw materials.
  • The LabSpec 4 Hi-Res, with a high spectral resolution of 6 nm, is ideally suited for measuring materials that have sharp, well-defined spectral features, such as polymers, petrochemicals, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceutical active ingredients.
  • Note: Both the Hi-Res and Standard-Red models of the LabSpec 4 are available as “i” models – these include an internal broad-spectrum halogen light source useful in measuring liquids, slurries, small sample sizes as well as other application that may require analysis using fibre optic sample probes.

Interested in the LabSpec 4 Spectrometer? Request a quote or call us on +44(0)1954 232 776 for more information.


  • Raw materials and finished products verification – through the packagingLabSpec 4 analysing cement
  • Prediction of quantative chemical and physical parameters
  • Pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmetics
  • Counterfeit drug detection
  • Plastics, polymers and films
  • Food, beverage and dairy
  • Petrochemicals, biodiesel and biomass
  • Heritage research in museums, galleries, libraries, archives and historic properties
    (e.g. dating of historic parchments, pigment analysis of illuminated manuscripts)



The Colourful Page is a short experimental documentary filmed and directed by Alice Corner exploring the research of conservation scientist Dr Paola Ricciardi, a Research Associate in the Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK. The ASD Vis-NIR Spectrometer has been used for illuminated manuscripts analysis.


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Application Notes

PDF Icon Raw materials ID: Incoming inspection using portable NIR through the packaging

PDF Icon Nutraceuticals: Testing raw materials and finished products using portable NIR

PDF Icon Counterfeit pharmaceuticals: On the spot detection using portable NIR

PDF Icon Corn starch: Quantification of moisture content using portable NIR

PDF Icon Biofuels production: Real time non-destructive analysis using portable NIR

PDF Icon Multilayer plastic packaging: Monitor thickness using portable NIR


PDF Icon It’s not easy being green: a spectroscopic study of green pigments used in illuminated manuscripts

PDF Icon Looking beneath Dali’s paint: non-destructive canvas analysis

PDF Icon Is there evidence for change to collagen within parchment samples after exposure to an X-ray dose?

PDF Icon Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy: a potential new means of assessing multi-phase earth-built heritage

News & User Stories

PDF Icon Analytik reports on the exciting “COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts” exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the use of the NIR spectroscopy for pigment analysis

PDF Icon Analytik reports on the use of the LabSpec Vis-NIR portable spectrometer to study historic materials

PDF Icon Analytik reports on the use of the ASD’s LabSpec system at UCL for the study of Dali canvases

 PDF Icon Analytik announces the publication of their Fitzwilliam Museum users of a FieldSpec 4

 PDF Icon Analytik reports on the use of the LabSpec 4 portable Vis-NIR spectrometer at Cranfield University

PDF Icon Analytik reports on how Rothamsted Research use ASD Inc.’s AgriSpec portable NIR instrument to measure the nitrogen content in grain

PDF Icon Analytik reports on the pigment analysis of illuminated manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum

 PDF Icon Analytik announces the release of ASD Inc.’s LabSpec 4 line of portable NIR instrumentation

PDF Icon The US Food & Drugs Administration has followed the UK’s MHRA with purchase of two ASD LabSpec

PDF Icon Analytik announce unique portable NIR solution for food and feed

PDF Icon Essential nutrition use ASD LabSpec portable NIR for raw materials verification

PDF Icon Mobile Workstation for Portable VIS-NIR Spectrophotometers

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