Incorporated in 1990 as Analytical Spectral Devices, Inc., ASD is based in Boulder, Colorado. It is now a PANalytical company. ASD was established to address a fundamental need of earth science researchers for a robust, high-performance, portable instrument that could be used in field work.
ASD successfully expanded beyond its origins in the scientific markets, into industrial manufacturing markets, by providing instrumentation solutions for the real-time measurement of non-homogenous materials in manufacturing and quality control environments. ASD's industrial instrument lines now include QualitySpec® for on-line and near-line process control, LabSpec® for material inspection and identification in the field and lab, and TerraSpec® for mining exploration and production.