One of the more common discussions that the service team of Eastern Applied Research has with users of XRF analyzers is the difference between the terms ‘calibration’ and ‘certification’. These terms are often used in place of each other but have very different meanings that require different tasks be performed.
Does your XRF need to be calibrated or certified?
One of the first questions associates of Eastern Applied Research ask when talking to customers looking to add x-ray fluorescence (XRF) for coating thickness measurements is about their sample size and throughput goals. Obviously, metal finishing touches on a lot of industries and various components in those industries. Depending on the use, an XRF could be measuring small fasteners with varying heights, thin but wide samples like unpopulated circuit boards, large samples like brake pads or many others in between.
It's important to discuss the product (samples) the XRF user will be testing because they need to know a sample will fit into the XRF chamber. The throughput question will factor into manual vs programmable operation and focusing options – but that can’t happen unless the size question is covered.