3 Benefits of the New East Coast Facility of Hitachi High-Tech

It was recently announced that Hitachi High-Tech Science America (Hitachi) was set to open a new East Coast facility for support of their x-ray fluorescence (XRF) line.  This facility, located in Westford, MA, is the result of Hitachi High-Tech’s acquisition of Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis division and is an example of the commitment Hitachi has made to XRF support and consultation – which is certainly important to many operators of XRF analyzers.

Hitachi XRF East Coast Facility MapAs a distributor of the Hitachi XRF line, Eastern Applied associates were invited to attend the official opening of the new facility – we did, and it was great to see the commitment to the Hitachi XRF analyzer line.  Most impressive was the team of Hitachi support personnel, application staff, and technical advisors…all available to help Hitachi XRF users get the most out of their investment into x-ray fluorescence.

This facility provides several benefits to Hitachi XRF users but the following are the top three benefits to organizations considering an Hitachi XRF analyzer…

XRF APPLICATION SUPPORT:

X-Ray Fluorescence analyzers can do a lot more than measure single layer coating thickness…especially some of the exciting elemental analyzers from Hitachi.  The new facility has a team of Application Specialists, and an inventory of the primary Hitachi XRF analyzers, in order to work on any applications of interest.  They can accept samples in order to prove analyzer capability, determine best practices, etc.

Among recent examples, Eastern Applied has worked with Hitachi Applications Support on interests relating to contamination analysis where the high speed mapping of the Hitachi EA6000VX proved to be a beneficial, and relatively low cost, method of process control.

X-RAY FLUORESCENCE DEMONSTRATIONS:

The same systems used in application testing are available for demonstrations to interested contacts.  While the Hitachi West Coast facility has some XRF systems available, it does not cover the full range offered.  So any interested parties now have the option to visit the Westford MA facility to review multiple systems (or a single one) but we can also quickly provide web-cam demonstrations without coordinating through Hitachi Japan.

Demonstration analyzers really cover the full range of units for coating thickness measurement needs (including thin film measurements and micro-spot analysis needs) and elemental analysis from bulk analyzers like the new LabX5000 to multi-use systems like the EA6000VX.

COMPONENT INVENTORY:

Eastern Applied says it all the time, Hitachi X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzers typically provide years of problem free operation.  However, at some point all XRF analyzers will have issues.  The new East Coast Hitachi facility will be the primary location for stocking components…and it is a large facility with room to grow.  So most items should be available when needed (but, again, we don’t foresee that being a concern to new Hitachi XRF users for a very long time!).

Having been a distributor of the Hitachi XRF line for several years, Eastern Applied realizes the benefits of the Hitachi Westford, MA facility but anybody using a Hitachi XRF – or considering adding one – should be aware of them as well.  Contact Eastern Applied with questions, schedule an application review, or demonstration.

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