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Eight National Labs Choose Tiger Optics Gas Analyzer

December 19, 2007

National Laboratories around the world rely on the speed, accuracy, and reliability of Tiger Optics' gas analyzers as a transfer standard.

Warrington, PA -- Tiger Optics LLC, a leading manufacturer of laser-based trace gas analyzers, announced that eight National Laboratories around the world are using the company's Continuous Wave Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CW CRDS)-based gas analyzers for research and as a transfer standard. National Laboratories using Tiger Optics' analyzers are those of the United Kingdom, Finland, Holland, Japan, Korea, China, India, and the United States. The gas standards the National Laboratories formulate and market to the industry are used in myriad applications, including automotive manufacturing, environmental monitoring, and pharmaceuticals, as well as industrial, medical, and specialty gas production.

"We are highly honored to announce that eight of the world's leading national laboratories have purchased units from Tiger Optics," said Lisa Bergson, CEO for Tiger Optics. "Our analyzers are used as transfer standards for trace molecules, such as moisture and methane, and serve as tools in research and development projects. Tiger's widespread acceptance is a testament to our stability, accuracy, range, and speed of response."

Billed as "21st Century Spectroscopy," CW CRDS was invented at Princeton University, with patents exclusively licensed to Tiger Optics in the early 1990s. The first commercial units were launched in early 2002. Tiger Optics analyzers now cover more than 500 points, with $15 million in cumulative sales in more than a dozen countries. The analyzers can detect a variety of molecular species, including moisture, oxygen, methane, and ammonia.

"We started working with the National Physical Laboratory of the United Kingdom in 2000. In conjunction with BOC Edwards, they ran a year long evaluation of 13 commercial trace moisture analyzers," explained Bergson. Key parameters investigated were comprised of accuracy, linearity, repeatability, and speed of response. Comparisons were carried out using the NPL's Low Frost-point Generator and Trace Water Vapour Facility, as well as the UHP Mobile Laboratory of BOC Edwards. Their report, available on the NPL's website, found that Tiger Optics' LaserTrace unit, "spectrometer S1" in the study, "performed best overall." Since then, Tiger Optics' performance has also been verified by the 5 to 1000 ppb Frost-Point generator at the NIST.

Furthering its service to these influential bodies, Tiger Optics units are presently acting as referee for an inter-laboratory comparison of moisture generators, developed by the British, U.S., Japanese, and German national labs. Expected to run for a minimum of six months, the inter-comparison utilizes Tiger Optics' new HALO mini-analyzer for 2 parts-per-billion to 20 parts-per-million moisture measurement and its flagship LaserTrace that detects moisture from 200 parts-per-trillion to 5 parts-per-million.

About Tiger Optics
Tiger Optics, LLC leads the way in 21st Century Spectroscopy by bringing to market the world's first commercial gas analyzers based on patented Continuous Wave Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CW CRDS) technology. Designated transfer standards by many of the world's leading national laboratories, Tiger's cutting-edge gas analyzers offer absolute accuracy, real-time response, high sensitivity and low cost of ownership to meet the most demanding applications in an array of analytes, including moisture, oxygen, methane, acetylene, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde and ammonia. With over 500 points in operation, Tiger Optics analyzers are now improving process yields for over 80 companies worldwide in a host of industries, including: semiconductor, laboratory, process control, automotive, industrial and specialty gas. Headquartered in Warrington, PA, Tiger Optics is represented in the United States and internationally by sales and service organizations highly experienced in gas analysis and well versed in the advantages of CW CRDS technology.

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