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Laser Ablation (LALI) in Inspection: An Interview with Jeff Williams, CEO, EXUM Instruments




Jeff Williams, CEO of EXUM Instruments, shares his experience working with Quantum Composers to develop the Massbox™ OEM Laser, the first Laser Ablation Laser Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (LALI-TOF-MS) instrument on the market.


What brought you to Quantum Composers?

Our requirements for an aperture image laser delivery system are very stringent and also pretty out of the ordinary as far as the optical design is concerned. We had a lot of really tight specs to hit, from small apertures and long working distances, good video output, and light issues. After about a year of trying to outsource this, and also trying to do it internally, we turned to Quantum Composers because of their years of experience. We presented them all the challenges we had and they said they could do it. There's definitely been a lot of iteration and prototyping and learning involved. But ultimately, they were able to deliver a system that hit all of our specs for the ablation delivery system for the Massbox.


Quantum Composers made it very easy to integrate an external system into an OEM environment because of the way that they build their systems. They are very OEM friendly and have helped to make it an easily integrated solution. The Massbox is a generalized instrument so that any solid sample can be analyzed and we can quantify anything you want in there very easily. You don't need a Ph.D. in order to run our tool. We can stand it up in the morning, and by the