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Posted: October 13, 2008
Hazardous Substance Testing Possible with Low-Cost XRF Analyzer
(Nanowerk News) A wide range of industries and product lines are affected by both state and federal hazardous substance regulations (RoHS, Proposition-65, etc). The ability to prove compliance may be required to maintain current business and can also help to develop new business opportunities.
Many organizations choose to outsource product compliance testing, but many others realize the long-term benefits of in-house testing – Skyray XRF has released the lower cost EDX-3000 model for budget minded organizations that prefer in-house hazardous substance analysis. The compact EDX-3000 desktop x-ray fluorescence analyzer has been redesigned to quickly determine the concentration of lead, cadmium and other hazardous substances in product.
Initially developed for precious metal testing applications the EDX-3000 has grown in popularity throughout that industry. It is commonly used to perform identification of unknown metals, alloy verification, gold purity analysis and various related tests. With the addition of an HS-Package (collimator and filters package) the EDX-3000 can provide the sensitivity required to meet the detection limits of various toxic metals regulations.
The HS-Package was developed for the EDX-3000 because it is the lowest cost XRF analyzer and provides an economical option for organizations that realize the importance of compliance.
The compact unit has a chamber that is smaller than the other Skyray XRF desktop instrument (EDX-2800), but at a fraction of the cost, will be an excellent option for organizations testing small electrical components for RoHS compliance. The new HS-Package is also an additional benefit to jewelry manufacturers that require lead content analysis to comply with California’s Proposition-65 and other ‘lead content in jewelry’ regulations; as it becomes an all-in-one testing unit providing lead detection along with coating thickness measurements, gold purity analysis and more.
“Accurate hazardous substance analyzers are important for many organizations but are a large investment,” stated Scott Kramer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Skyray XRF. “We developed this low-cost desktop option for companies that realize the importance of proving compliance and the benefits of XRF as an in-house testing.”
Skyray XRF is the North American representative of an international leader in x-ray fluorescence technology. Overviews of the full product line, applications and XRF technology can be found at www.skyrayxrf.com.