This internal memo documents concerns about Beckman Instruments' reputation in the infrared spectroscopy field. These concerns are due to fierce competition from Perkin-Elmer and problems with the Beckman IR-2T. At the time of this memo, Beckman Instruments staff were quickly working to address multiple issues with the IR-2T, which became apparent only after the instrument was on the market.
The Beckman Instruments IR spectrophotometers began as a request from the Office of Rubber Reserve to Arnold O. Beckman in 1942, asking for an infrared spectrophotometer that they could use to create rubber. Under this contract, Beckman Instruments developed a single-beam spectrophotometer based on Robert Battrain’s extant design, which in 1942 was sold as the IR-1. With the IR-4 in 1956, Beckman Instruments branched out into double-beam design and kicked off a golden age of IR spectrophotometer production that lasted until 1973.
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Connor, R. Pat. “Memo from R. Pat Connor to Beckman Instruments Staff,” July 2, 1952. Beckman Historical Collection, Box 13, Folder 21. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/5999n338s.
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