RoHS Test Equipment: X-ray Fluorescence Technology
X-ray Fluorescence technology has become a critical tool for the testing of electronics (components, printed circuits boards, and final products) for compliance to RoHS regulations (Restrictions of Hazardous Substances). While the recast of RoHS (aka RoHS2) did not change the elements of interest (Pb, Cd, Hg, etc), it has expanded the industries and supply chains that are affected to now include medical equipment manufacturers, control instruments, etc.
Throughout the supply chains of affected industries, testing must occur and compliance must be proven. However, passing the responsibility of compliance down the supply chain will not protect your organization if non-compliant components appear - that is why in-house screening with XRF is commonly utilized.
X-ray fluorescence is often preferred over other technologies for a few reasons:
Fast and Accurate:
benchtop or portable XRF will quickly screen product for the elements of interest
Lower Cost of Acquisition and Maintenance:
in addition to a lower initial investment, XRF technology does not have expenses after set-up
Intuitive for Non-Technical Users:
after a brief training session, new operators can easily take measurements and develop reports
Additional Applications Beyond RoHS:
Hitachi XRF systems offer additional capabilities, elemental analysis and coating thickness.
Eastern Applied offers various Hitachi XRF models to efficiently solve a facilities testing needs.
RoHS testing, elemental analysis, coating thickness, etc and be solved with a single XRF analyzer.
ultimate elemental analyzer
high efficiency elemental analyzer
|Hitachi EA1000A-III and 1000VX:
base model with detector options
Desktop XRF Options:
Hitachi High-Tech XRF Analyzers: Multiple desktop analyzers for organizations that are testing populated circuits boards and micro-spots. Benefits of the systems can include high speed mapping functions that include continuous measurement of up to 500 points without an operator involved after starting the program...this creates high laboratory efficiency and a thorough RoHS inspection process.
Handheld XRF Rentals:
When short term testing needs arise, Eastern Applied offers Handheld XRF Rentals; rental plans can be customized and are a streamlined process to get you the measurement equipment you need.
With the appropriate x-ray fluorescence analyzer, affected organizations can:
- Quantify total lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr) and bromine (Br)
- Achieve in-house RoHS screening of plastics, polymer, and mixed materials
- High reliability solder analysis, for military specifications to verify lead content
- Analyze coated leads for RoHS compliance
- Perform composition analysis of solders (also important for counterfeit component detection)
- Store results and develop reports to meet a specific interest
Application Specialists at Eastern Applied Research have been involved in RoHS testing since the early 2000's. Eastern Applied associates have the knowledge base and experience to discuss your requirements and how XRF technology may fit into your organizations approach to RoHS compliance (and other quality control testing needs).