Portable XRF Analyzers

Metal Fabrication Quality Assurance & Control

Material verification for alloy quality assurance and alloy quality control (alloy QA/QC) are critical to product safety. The potential for material mix-ups and the need for traceability are a concern at every step in the metal fabrication and manufacturing process:

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  • Primary metal production
  • Metal service center
  • Component fabrication
  • Final product assembly
Wrong or out-of-specification metal alloys can lead to premature and potentially catastrophic part failures that can be expensive, damaging to your reputation, and, sometimes, result in loss of life.

Alloy QA/QC with Thermo Scientific Portable XRF Analyzers

Unfortunately, relying on supplier documentation cannot give you the peace of mind you deserve.  The current emphasis on ISO certifications and 100% quality testing, and an increased regulatory environment demands finding and correcting any and all material discrepancies. That’s why, when livelihoods, profitability and liability depend on using the right alloy, choose handheld Thermo Scientific portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers for your alloy QA/QC. 

Thousands of companies using applications for the aerospacefoundry, and pharmaceutical (verification/validation) industries rely daily on our instruments for material verification. Benefits include:

  • Instant positive alloy grade identification
  • Detailed part chemistry
  • High-throughput – increased productivity
  • Nondestructive – test finished product with confidence
  • Reduced scrap and rework – recover lost traceability in seconds
  • Laboratory-quality composition analysis
  • Real-time, traceable results – not questionable paperwork
  • Fast, simple reporting and certificate generation

Reliable Positive Material Identification (PMI) Methods

Your need for fast, reliable positive material identification should be clear.  Just as clear are the benefits your business can realize from using Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 Series and Niton® XL3t Series handheld XRF analyzers - both now available with groundbreaking Thermo Scientific GOLDD technology.

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100% alloy verification is a must

When the job calls for alloy grade identification,  the Niton XL2 Series, including the new Niton XL2 GOLDD™, is the easy choice.  Finally, there's no need to sacrifice performance to get a lightweight, rugged tool for alloy grade ID that is perfectly matched to most applications.  Should the need arise for even better performance, isolation & analysis of welds and very small samples, or greater flexibility with your analytical needs, the Niton XL3t Series is your choice for a wide array of standard and available options.  For the highest sensitivity and measurement accuracy with the shortest possible testing time, the enhanced Niton XL3t GOLDD+ is the performance leader of the bunch.

Whichever of our analyzers you choose, the family resemblance is unmistakable.  All of these tools offer you important key features:

  • Waterproof, dustproof rugged housing
  • Ease of use by unskilled operators, with support for multiple languages on every analyzer
  • Expert training and support from more than 70 distributors and 30 factory trained service centers around the world
  • Learn which XRF analyzer is best for QA/QC in manufacturing

QA/QC for Lead-Free Brass

Lead-Free by 2014...Are you ready?
Lead has no known physiologically relevant role in the human body, and, in fact, its presence has only proven to be harmful. This is why, for example, many countries have switched to unleaded gasoline, thereby greatly reducing the amountUsing Niton XL2 XRF analyzer to test for lead in brass component of lead found in the environment.  And, clearly, lead has no place in our drinking water.

The recently enacted amendment fo the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) significantly reduces the amount of lead allowed in any new plumbing components that come into contact with drinking water in the United States. With the new allowable level of lead in these brass components lowered to .25% by weight, the government has given manufacturers, distributors, and installers until January 2014, when the new lead-free brass law goes into effect, to prepare for this change.  

Handheld Thermo Scientific XRF analyzers have long been the instruments of choice for lead detection and are ideal to help you comply with the new lead-free brass mandate. With analysis results available in seconds, Niton XL2 Series and Niton XL3t Series analyzers enable the incoming inspection of brass alloys and outgoing inspection of finshed products, providing you with the peace of mind that your products meet the new regulations. 

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How Do I Measure the Lead Content of Brass and Other Materials?
NSF/ANSI Standard 372-2011 Drinking Water System Components - Lead Content states:
"Lead content verification testing shall be performed on a representative product, materials, or components using the methodologies in (section) 7."

"7.1 XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence), OES (Optical Emission Spectroscopy) Arc/Spark, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy)/EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectrometer) are acceptable methods for screening components, provided the instrument is calibrated to standard reference materials."

Of these testing methodologies, XRF in general, and handheld Thermo Scientific XRF analyzers in particular, provide you with many advantages:

  • Nondestructive - the x-rays do no harm to a metal sample and the sample requires no preparation
  • Simple - the point-and-shoot analyzer performs the analysis in seconds
  • Handheld - the analyzer is portable, runs on batteries, and only weighs three pounds
  • Traceable - the analyzer is calibrated using NIST traceable standards
  • Lead-detection expertise - Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers are used by the U.S. Product Safety Commission for testing lead levels in toys and are widely used for lead paint inspection

Point-and-Shoot Simplicity

Point-and-shoot operation is truly a reality with these innovative XRF analyzers. With just a short test, alloy grade and chemistry appear on the built-in color touch-screen display. Testing time is often one to two seconds for routine alloy QA/QC, and just a few seconds longer for lab-quality chemistry. Typically, little or no sample preparation is necessary for alloy samples with relatively clean surfaces, regardless of shape or size. Just touch the analyzer to the sample and with the brief trigger pull, you can measure:  

  • A single strand of 1 mm wire
  • Finished weld beads
  • Rods
  • Bolts
  • Plates
  • Completed fabricated assemblies