MiniFlex training (EMEA)

    Course Name: Basic Training Course for MiniFlex
    Duration: 2 days
    Sessions: March 11-12, 2024
    July 15-19, 2024
    October 14-15, 2024
    Course Times: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Location: Neu-Isenburg, Germany

    MiniFlex training: General Scope

    This course addresses the basic operations in terms of hardware and software for the MiniFlex benchtop XRD instrument.  The training is based on hands-on solving of example problems in order to illustrate the possibility of multipurpose analytical instrument (MiniFlex) and analysis software SmartLab Studio II. Persons attending the training should expect to leave the course with a basic working knowledge of both the MiniFlex hardware and analysis software. Some of the specific topics covered are outlined below.

    Rigaku will provide the training notes and a course certificate.

    Persons attending the training are advised to have a personal computer with SmartLab Studio II software installed and software dongle / network license that is required to run the software.

    Who should attend

    Operators, engineers, research scientists and university students in university and operators of the MiniFlex diffractometer supplied by Rigaku.

    Registration is required. The number of places is limited.

    Course agenda

    Day 1
    9:00 – 12:00 Introduction RESE and participants
    1. Introduction; basics of powder X-ray diffraction
    2. XRD Instrumentation
    3. Experimental XRD – MiniFlex 600
    4. Sample preparation
    14:00 – 17:00 5. Hands on MiniFlex I – practical basic usage
    a) installation of sample holders and sample stages 
    b) basic maintenance
    c) instrument control in SmartLab Studio II
    d) alignment and angle correction procedures
    Day 2
    9:00 – 12:00 6. Introduction to the Rietveld Method; Rietveld refinement, PONKCS
    14:00 – 17:00 7. Hands on MiniFlex II – practical usage
    a) Sample preparation in the laboratory
    b) measurement of test samples (strategies and techniques)
    c) application of XRF reduction mode 
    8. SmartLab Studio II introduction; basic and qualitative analysis - exercise
    9. SmartLab Studio II WPPF/Rietveld 
    10. SmartLab Studio II Comprehensive Analysis, Crystallinity, FP-Method
    11. SmartLab Studio II Quantification of amorphous phases
    12. Q&A


    Note: During training course, the latest version of software for instrument control and analysis software that is available on the market is used. Therefore, details of the operation might be different from your environment. Our trainers are more than happy to discuss the operations on your version of the software.