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.

RoHS Testing with XRF OverviewThroughout 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.

Hitachi 6000VX Mapping XRF Analyzer Hitachi 1200VX Elemental Analyzer Hazardous Substance Inspection Equipment
Hitachi EA6000VX:
ultimate elemental analyzer
Hitachi EA1200VX:
high efficiency elemental analyzer
Hitachi EA1000A-III and 1000VX:
base model with
detector options

 

Desktop XRF Options:
RoHS Testing with XRF SpectrometersHitachi 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

XRF Sales for RoHS TestingWe realize that these regulations, and the appropriate testing solutions, are new to many organizations - please keep in mind that the Eastern Applied Research technical staff has 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).