Archive for June, 2013

Top Five Reasons to Choose X-Met XRF for Metal Identification

We knew that Oxford Instruments produced a reliable and innovative Handheld XRF analyzer before we were named a regional distributor of the line.  However, over the last few months, we have had the opportunity to see how impressive the X-Met 7000 series is…and the number of benefits the series offers over other handheld analyzers on the market.

One application field that we are working with more now that we can offer a portable solution is Positive Material Identification (PMI)From scrap metal recyclers to large NDT service providers, a reliable XRF analyzer plays a critical role in improving efficiency and increasing profits.  We have learned a lot about what is important when organizations consider XRF for metal identification and our associates have identified the most common benefits that the X-Met 7000 series offers for this interest over other analyzers on the market.

Even though Eastern Applied Research associates were able to list over a dozen benefits to consider, this post highlights the five most common features that factored into our clients decision to invest in Oxford Instruments handheld analyzer for PMI.

Top Five Benefits of Oxford Instruments Handheld XRF for Metal Identification:

5  Pricing: Budgetary concerns always come into play regardless of application or industry.  Fortunately for organizations considering the X-Met 7000 series, the pricing is extremely competitive across all configurations when compared to similar models from other sources.

4  Software Interface: This is our offices favorite benefit of Oxford Instruments handheld analyzer line.  The largest screen on the market (34 to 50% larger than other major analyzers) means that users don’t have to toggle or scroll to see information, it also means that graphics can be larger, and that measurement results are clearly seen without the extra step of zooming in.  In addition, it’s a touch screen interface that does not require a stylus pen and can be operated with gloves on.  This is the greatest example of everything being designed for the users benefit.

3  Alloy Library: Whether a Handheld XRF is used for scrap recyclers or as part of a quality assurance program, the alloy library size is extremely important.  The fundamental parameters calibration of the X-Met 7000 series includes over 600 AISI alloys and over 1,600 total alloys (DIN, JIS, and GB) are pre-loaded.  In addition to the largest alloy library available, the series offers the flexibility to add rare and proprietary alloys through empirical calibrations.

2  Reporting / Data Transfer: A benefit that receives immediate attention is the way this Handheld XRF series handles data.  It is the only system that provides users with the convenience of USB transfer capability plus customizable report templates that can be in tamper proof PDF format.  Additionally, the software required is downloadable through the internet and does not require a disc…so it is always available.

1  Accuracy: This benefit is most critical to PMI service providers because scrap identification typically looks to XRF as a sorting tool.  Accuracy is a major factor when the goal is to achieve the greatest precision in quantification of elements and the empirical calibrations from the X-Met 7000 series can not be matched in quantification performance.

Want to know the other benefits of the X-Met 7000 series?  Contact Eastern Applied Research to discuss that and your potential use of portable x-ray fluorescence.