Thanks for the clarification, I guess it was just the first aluminum x-
cone skimmer requested since then.
Still, Aluminum cones seem to be far less common than nickel, and I
wondered if there were disadvantages for some users since my
experience is that Al actually performs better (in terms of
durability) compared to Ni.
On Nov 30, 2010, at 7:30 PM, Lawrence Neufeld wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> I just responded to Seth - offline. This information did not come
> from me
> and was apparently misunderstood. My assistant informed Seth's
> that a certain type of Al cone had not been purchased by U of SC
> since 2008
> Yes, you are right Al cones continue to be successfully used by sector
> Kind Regards/Lawrence
> Lawrence Neufeld
> Spectron, Inc.
> ☎ 805.642.0400
> cell 805.320.0368
> On 11/30/10 3:47 PM, "Martin Fleisher" <[log in to unmask]>
>> Hmmm, Lawrence forgets that we ordered Al cones for our Axiom a few
>> We got them for a low Ni background problem, but found them to work
>> well. Glad
>> to hear that you've used them successfully Seth.
>> Did your GEOTRACES samples arrive OK?
>> Quoting Seth John <[log in to unmask]>:
>>> I've been running aluminum cones and skimmers for years on an
>>> Isoprobe, Neptune, and Element ICPMS and I've found that they work
>>> just as well as Nickel cones and typically last much longer. Because
>>> aluminum dissipates heat easily, I never see pitting or other
>>> signs of
>>> heat damage at the tips. The habit started when I was working on an
>>> Isoprobe, which had some pretty serious heat dissipation problems at
>>> the interface, but I've since found they work great on other
>>> instruments as well.
>>> Spectron just informed me I'm the first person to request alumimum
>>> cones since 2008 and it made me wonder if there's something I'm
>>> missing...anyone else had good/bad experiences with Al cones?
>>> Seth John
>>> Assistant Professor
>>> University of South Carolina
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