Eastern Applied Research, as an organization, has always been involved with providing solutions for coating thickness measurement needs. Even before to starting the company, key personal were XRF Sales and Service Associates for a leader in XRF technology that specialized in coating thickness applications. Needless to say, our associates have discussed plating thickness and x-ray fluorescence for a long time. Recently, we asked our XRF Specialists what concerns they hear the most from buyers of XRF for coating thickness applications, here's what they said...
#3 Cost: how much does it cost to purchase and operate?
Initial investment is always a concern and that is why Eastern Applied offers budget friendly used XRF analyzers as well as the new XRF analyzer options. Both will offer coating solutions with excellent price-to-performance ratio. Price ranges will vary based on what model will accomplish a specific task but will typically start in the mid $20k's (for new).
One of many benefits that XRF technology offers is that it does not require much money into a system after the initial investment. Certainly, yearly preventative maintenance visits by our technical staff are suggested to extend the life of an XRF but it's a fairly "free" technology after the purchase with the only regular "costs" being for electricity and operator time.
#2 Performance: how accurate and consistent will it be?
This has a lot to do with the analyzer that is selected and what the exact testing need is. Used analyzers provide good performance at a low cost but are not as long-term a solution as new systems. Eastern Applied is extremely happy to offer new Hitachi XRF Analyzers for coating thickness measurement needs, from basic single layers to complex coating applications. When the proper instrument is set-up and being operated correctly, the user can expect excellent results that are repeatable over the long term. For performance notes regarding your specific application you should request contact from an XRF specialist.
#1 Can It Help Me: what is the best analyzer for _________?
Our technical advisors would typically ask for some more details from you at this point..."what is the exact coating, its thickness range, and substrate?" and "what is the samples size?" are important ones. Regardless of an available systems price or performance - if the chamber, collimator, and system won't meet your sample size or application interest then it is difficult to provide a solution.
To discuss what is important to you in reviewing XRF for Coating Thickness Applications we ask that you contact our experience Application Specialists.