Genevieve Diesing 0000-00-00 00:00:00
The Latest in XRF Analysis With its relatively low cost and speedy, accurate measurement capabilities, XRF analysis is as relevant as ever. The newest wave of handheld XRF analysis devices promises real-time results and lightweight design. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is a powerful tool ideally used in elemental analysis and chemical analysis. XRF measurement tools can analyze thickness and composition by determining the weight of solids and solutions and identifying specific and trace elements within samples. XRF analysis is a popular form of measurement and is used in industries, such as metal finishing and refining, semiconductors, telecommunications and microelectronics. Because XRF can carry out noncontact, nondestructive tests quickly and accurately and has a relatively low cost of ownership, it remains an in-demand technology. Read on to learn about the latest developments in handheld XRF analysis tools. Olympus Innov-X’s (www.innovx. com) Delta line is an innovative breed of handheld XRF. It has redesigned its analyzers from to create instruments that are both analytically accurate and rugged enough for most environments. The Delta analyzers have silicon drift detector technology and 200ìA X-ray tubes for maximized accuracy and precision. Delta analyzers also are fully industrialized tools, and their testing speeds yield significantly increased productivity and throughput for operators. This line can be upgraded to a premium model while marinating the same hardware platform and operator interface. They also feature true hot-swap battery capabilities; fast measurements for high throughput; and redesigned geometry for outstanding analytical performance, speed and lower detection limits. The line also has an auto-calibrating, auto-charging docking station. QSX Instruments (www.quickshotxrf. com) has unveiled its newest handheld analyzer using XRF technology with nonisotope-based features. It is simple to navigate and offers real-time results on its touchscreen PDA. When the operator Ggtransferred to a desktop computer for long-term storage, analysis and report generation. The lowest priced handheld XRF available includes a software package, back-up batteries, durable carrying case and warranty. The initial application that this system was developed for is hazardous substance analysis and it exceeds the requirements of restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) and consumer product safety improvement act (CPSIA) regulations with detection limits down to 10 parts-per-million. Various software packages also make it a portable solution to precious metal analysis and positive material identification. The S1 Sorter from Bruker AXS (www.Bruker-axs.com) hides state-of-the-art technology beneath a tough shell. The standard calibration covers steel, nickel, cobalt and copper alloys, while the optional frontal projection (FP) calibration will analyze most exotic alloys and precious metal samples. It is designed to be used out in the field, in temperatures ranging from -10 C to +50 C. The splash-proof case is made of industrialstrength plastic. The bright display makes it easy to read in any lighting conditions. The touch screen means the entire machine can be manipulated with one finger, whether inputting a password or pulling the trigger. The operating system is Microsoft Windows and data transfer options include Microsoft ActivSync via a USB cable or wireless Bluetooth connection, as well as using an SD card. Built-in memory also makes it possible to store thousands of spectra and millions of results safely. Skyray XRF’s (www.skyrayxrf.com) handheld Pocket-III was designed for comfort, durability and accuracy in measurement. The Pocket is one of the lightest handheld instruments on the market; designed for comfort in the field. It utilizes a 6 millimeter collimator that is focused by design and eliminates any potential for improper sample alignment. It is most popular for hazardous substance testing and it reads below the required parts per minute levels. There are no isotopes utilized in this system. It utilizes Bluetooth technology, downloads to the desktop CPU and has a battery life of more than five hours. There is no shape or size limit for samples, which can be in solid, liquid or powder form. The measurement times range from 10 to 200 seconds and rental units are available.
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