Installation of an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzer

The fact that x-ray fluorescence is a well established quality control tool for many metal finishing companies will often make the installation and training portion of any analyzer purchase an afterthought.  However, the initial support and capabilities for future service of an XRF analyzer should be considered by any company making the investment – whether a first time, or long time, user of the technology.

Here is a quick overview of what happens after you decide on an XRF:

Pre-Installation Steps:
The technical staff at Eastern Applied Research will put any analyzer, new or used, through some basic testing to insure analyzer stability.  This happens at our service center and can take one to two weeks depending on the details.

During this pre-installation time, our Application Specialists will review a buyers applications and highlight any that should be set-up and tested prior to the installation.  These are typically multi-layer coatings or complex alloy coatings.  The application support staff of Eastern Applied will also review any current XRF calibration standards that a client may have and suggest new ones, or modifications, if beneficial.

The goal of the pre-installation is to simply insure the purchased XRF is operating to specification.  It is not to install a clients full application range – our on-site installation technician will be teaching operators how to add calibrations.

Common at All XRF Installation Services:
After arriving at your facility, the technician will unpack the XRF and get it set-up in its operating space…making certain that the environment is the best possible one for the long term performance of the system.

The XRF will require a warm up period, which varies based on the system, and then the technician will perform the analyzer certification.  They will perform all the steps detailed in our article on XRF Analyzer Certification and Safety Radiation services and provide the related documentation at the end of the installation.  This step will confirm the analyzer is in good working order after shipping and actual training can begin.

Experienced XRF Users:
When a facility, or operator, is familiar with an x-ray fluorescence make/model, then training will often be fairly quick.  As an example, a plating shop replacing a Seiko SFT-9200 with the newer version of that system, the Hitachi FT110A, won’t need to learn much relating to software flow, report generation, etc.  The bulk of the training in this case would be to introduce any new features that the updated model may have…in the example noted, a Hitachi FT110A may have auto-focus, wide-view, or improved fundamental parameters which would require an introduction.

First Time XRF Users:
These installation services will certainly be more in-depth.  The first topic will cover adding calibrations…whether your facility will use the ‘standard free’ fundamental parameters or create full calibrations through the empirical software will have already been confirmed and our technician will focus on the preferred approach but provide training on each method if requested.

Once adding calibrations is discussed and practiced, the installing tech will introduce any special features that can help with a users application or throughput.  These will vary based on the system being installed and a clients testing goals.

At this point, the installer will have operators run a few measurements so they can practice sample alignment, selecting calibrations, etc and provide feedback to them.  Then, with measurements complete, the training will focus on how data is handled – reporting through Word/Excel or simply pulling lot numbers, etc.

At the end of the training, the Eastern Applied associate will provide a summary of ‘best practices’ for your specific interests and facility – highlighting the environment, regular XRF maintenance that you can handle, and discussing any required services (certifications) schedule.  They will provide documents on the purchase and certification provided at the start of the day.

You can move forward knowing that Eastern Applied’s service center and field technicians will be available to support your use of x-ray fluorescence – and we appreciate the opportunity.  Feel free to contact Eastern Applied with any questions about the installation services.

New XRay Fluorescence Analyzer

New XRF Analyzer at Installation – Hitachi FT110A

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