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Publication Date: 12/1/2010
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Thermo Fisher: New Alloy Analyzers
Handheld analytical instruments.
Billerica, MA — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is showing the newest members of its family of Thermo Scientific Niton handheld XRF analyzers, the new Niton® XL2 GOLDD Series and the enhanced Niton XL3t GOLDD+ Series. The instruments of choice in nondestructive elemental analysis solutions for metal alloy verification, Thermo Scientific Niton analyzers provide superior accuracy in grade identification and alloy chemistry in seconds.

Thermo Scientific geometrically optimized large area drift detector (GOLDD) technology delivers faster measurement times and lower detection limits — as much as 10-times faster than conventional Si-PIN detectors and up to three-times more precise than conventional smaller silicon drift detectors (SDD). This innovative technology also allows light element analysis of magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), phosphorus (P) and sulfur (S) without helium purge or vacuum assist. When joined with advanced Thermo Scientific Niton analyzer proprietary electronics, new levels of analytical capabilities are realized.

Whether users choose the Niton XL2 GOLDD or the Niton XL3t GOLDD+, the ultimate choice in features plus performance, they will benefit from fast, accurate elemental analysis and positive material identification to ensure manufacturing quality assurance and quality control.

Niton XL2 GOLDD analyzers have a 45kV, 100µA x-ray tube and are lightweight yet ruggedly built to withstand severe environments. Ergonomically designed and with daylight-readable icons, the instrument incorporates customizable menus for ease of use, multi-language options and a standard analytical range of more than 30 elements from magnesium to uranium. It is the right instrument to get rapid results for confident decision-making.

Niton XL3t GOLDD+ analyzers with their 50kV, 200µA x-ray tubes and tilting, color, touch-screen display deliver lab-quality analysis on almost any alloy grade and provide the highest performance and sensitivity for the most demanding applications. For ultra-low Mg analysis, there is a helium purge option. Further, the Niton XL3t GOLDD+ allows users to identify free-machining stainless steels based on sulfur content. In addition, the integrated Thermo Scientific CamShot CCD camera comes standard for accurate sample positioning and image capture, while the optional Thermo Scientific WeldSpot small-spot feature isolates welds.

Handheld Niton XL2 Series and Niton XL3 Series XRF analyzers are purpose-built for taking measurements anywhere, anytime, with accurate results available in seconds, saving significant expense in comparison to traditional laboratory testing. These easy-to-use, nondestructive testing instruments provide integrated storage of all test results, which are completely tamperproof. Multiple communication options are incorporated, including Bluetooth wireless and USB communications.

The instruments also come standard with Thermo Scientific Niton Data Transfer (NDT®) software, a suite of data management utilities that allows users to set operator permissions, print certificates of analysis to document results, export data into standard formats (*.csv or MS Excel), or operate the analyzer remotely from a PC. The NDT file format preserves and protects the original data from each sample analysis, ensuring that this data is not unintentionally or intentionally compromised.

Contact: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., 81 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02454 800-678-5599 or 781-622-1000 fax: 781-622-1207 Web:

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