Handheld XRF Analyzer Now Includes Wi-Fi Support and Coatings Mode

Thermo Scientific (Tewksbury, MA) says quality control personnel and managers who require accurate measurements of coatings can now turn to the newest software update to its Niton XL5 handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer, the smallest and lightest handheld XRF alloy analyzer available today. The software release includes wi-fi support and a new coatings mode for expanded functionality and applications support.

niton XL5Designed to provide lab-quality results, the new coatings mode allows users to measure the thickness or weight of up to four coating layers, including alloys, compounds and pure metals. Additionally, users can define substrate layers consisting of alloys, pure metals, plastics and wood. This doubles the number of coating layers that could be measured by previous models. The Niton XL5 is the only handheld XRF analyzer on the market that is capable of penetrating up to four layers using a standardless fundamental-parameter calibration and eliminating the need to calibrate using samples.

The new wi-fi support enables wireless connectivity between the Niton XL5 and the user’s computer network. This gives users the option to automatically transfer data from the analyzer directly to a specified network folder to save time and streamline workflows.

“These new capabilities are intended to help our customers address and overcome the most complex challenges when assessing the chemical composition of metals,” said Julie Planchet, VP and General Manager, Portable Analytical Instruments, Thermo Fisher. “We will continue to evolve the Niton XL5 analyzer by rolling out additional software updates and wi-fi capabilities designed to help our customers with their analytical challenges.”

The Niton XL5, the newest analyzer in the Niton product line, is also used in the scrap metal and positive material identification industries. Weighing only 2.8 lb (1.3kg) with a compact, ergonomic design, the Niton XL5 is intended to reduce operator fatigue and enable users to easily access hard-to-reach spots and crevices. The analyzer provides exceptionally low limits of detection and is designed to deliver fast and highly accurate results.

The software release also includes other features. There is a fingerprint mode, allowing users to scan and store materials within the analyzer’s library for the purpose of identifying unknown materials when compared with existing library entries. Data field sets offer users the ability, both on the analyzer and now in the NitonConnect PC software, to create collections of customized fields for data entry during analysis. There is an easy trigger functionality, giving operators the ability to scan materials utilizing a single click, eliminating the need to hold down the trigger button for the duration of a scan. It features alloy identification in general metals mode according to German DIN and Chinese GB standards and nomenclature.

For more information on the Thermo Scientific Niton XL5 handheld analyzer, including new modes and features, visit here.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is a world leader in serving science. With applications that span temperature control testing to process cooling/heating, it provides a broad range of products and services that support manufacturers utilizing ceramic materials and components, including glass, semiconductor, automotive, chemical, aerospace, medical, electronics, military and environmental technology.

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