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NDT.net Issue - 2010-08 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2010-08
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

New Analyzers for Metal Alloy Verification

Thermo Fisher Scientific3, Billerica, MA, USA

Upgrades to GOLDD Technology Deliver Positive Material Identification with Point-and-Shoot Simplicity

BILLERICA MA, USA – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced the launch of the Niton® XL2 GOLDD™ Series handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer. The company also introduced the enhanced Niton XL3t GOLDD+ Series, which offers the ultimate performance and features for advanced quality assurance.

The instruments of choice in nondestructive elemental analysis solutions for metal alloy verification, Thermo Scientific Niton analyzers provide superior accuracy in grade identification and alloy chemistry in seconds.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world’s leading manufacturer of handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers.

Thermo Scientific geometrically optimized large area drift detector (GOLDD) technology delivers faster measurement times and lower detection limits – as much as 10-times faster than conventional Si-PIN detectors and up to three-times more precise than conventional smaller silicon drift detectors (SDD).

This innovative technology also allows light element analysis of magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), phosphorus (P) and sulfur (S) without helium purge or vacuum assist. When joined with advanced Thermo Scientific Niton analyzer proprietary electronics, new levels of analytical capabilities are realized.

“With the launch of the Niton XL2 GOLDD and enhanced Niton XL3t GOLDD+, we now offer a range of products to the aerospace, metal fabrication, foundry and related industries, which are engineered from the ground up to help eliminate any guesswork in verifying metal alloys for manufacturing quality assurance,” said Bob Wopperer, director of marketing and business development for Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers.

Wopperer continued, “We know that the potential for material mix-ups is very real and that the need for traceability is a priority. Our nondestructive analyzers provide a worry-free solution. They take control of material verification, recovery of lost traceability, isolation of finish welds to validate filler material and dilution rates, and confirmation of finished products – all without damaging samples in any way. This means users can save both time and additional testing expense with GOLDD Technology."

Whether users choose the performance-leading Niton XL2 GOLDD or the Niton XL3t GOLDD+, the ultimate choice in features plus performance, they will benefit from fast, accurate elemental analysis and positive material identification to ensure manufacturing quality assurance and quality control.

Niton XL2 GOLDD analyzers have a 45kV, 100 uA x-ray tube and are lightweight yet ruggedly built to withstand severe environments. Ergonomically designed and featuring daylight readable icons, the Niton XL2 GOLDD incorporates customizable menus for ease of use, multi-language options and a standard analytical range of more than 30 elements from magnesium to uranium.

It is the ideal instrument to get rapid results for confident decision-making.

Niton XL3t GOLDD+ analyzers with their 50kV, 200 uA x-ray tubes and tilting, color, touch-screen display deliver lab-quality analysis on almost any alloy grade and provide the highest performance and sensitivity for the most demanding applications. For ultra-low Mg analysis, there is a helium purge option.

Further, the Niton XL3t GOLDD+ allows users to identify free-machining stainless steels based on sulfur content.

Additionally, the integrated Thermo Scientific CamShot CCD camera comes standard for accurate sample positioning and image capture, while the optional Thermo Scientific WeldSpot small-spot feature isolates welds.

A Family of Thermo Scientific Niton XRF Analyzers

Handheld, award-winning Niton XL2 Series and Niton XL3 Series XRF analyzers are purpose-built for taking measurements anywhere, anytime, with accurate results available in seconds, saving significant expense in comparison to traditional laboratory testing.

These easy-to-use, nondestructive instruments provide integrated storage of all test results, which are completely tamperproof. Multiple communication options are incorporated, including Bluetooth* wireless and USB communications.

They also come standard with Thermo Scientific Niton Data Transfer (NDT©) software, a suite of data management utilities that allows users to set operator permissions, print certificates of analysis to document results, export data into standard formats (*.csv or MS Excel), or operate the analyzer remotely from a PC.

The NDT file format preserves and protects the original data from each sample analysis, ensuring that this data is not unintentionally or intentionally compromised.

Thermo Fisher customers are served through corporate resources and a dedicated network of more than 70 distributors and 30 factory-trained service centers around the world to provide the most effective customer service possible.

For more information or to schedule an on-site demonstration, contact a local Niton Analyzers representative or Thermo Fisher Scientific directly at 800-875-1578 (toll-free US), +1 978-670-7460, by e-mail at niton@thermofisher.com or by visiting the website at www.thermoscientific.com/niton.

Thermo Scientific Niton analyzers are available in a range of configurations and with an assortment of optional features and accessories to suit a wide variety of analytical needs.

* Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

Thermo Scientific is part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of more than $10 billion, we have approximately 35,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, which offer a unique combination of continuous technology development and the most convenient purchasing options. Our products and services help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and solve analytical challenges ranging from complex research to routine testing to field applications.

Visit www.thermofisher.com.

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