The ETHOS UP is controlled via a compact terminal with an easy-to-read, bright, full-colour, touchscreen display. The terminal is provided with multiple USB and Ethernet ports for interfacing the instrument to external devices and to the local laboratory network. The terminal runs a completely new user-friendly, icon-driven, multi-language software to provide easy control of the microwave run. Simply recall a previously stored method or create a new one, press START and the system will automatically follow the user defined temperature utilising a sophisticated PID algorithm. Hundreds of applications, including all US EPA methods, are preloaded in the ETHOS UP terminal. There is no need to input the number of samples or weights being digested, as the software will automatically regulate the microwave power accordingly. This assures a consistent quality of digestion and simplifies the use of the instrument.
Moreover, the ETHOS UP is equipped with a high definition digital camera, named SafeVIEW, that is interfaced with the instrument terminal. It allows the chemist to monitor the progress of the digestion whilst fully protected by the all-stainless steel door of the instrument. A video of the entire run is shown in real time along with the digestion figures.