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Kit: Niton

What is your product/technology?

Handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology for metal alloy analysis.  We have a variety of models to fit a wide range of budgetary and performance needs.  Our most popular model in the recycling industry is the mid-priced Niton XL2 GOLDD alloy analyser.

How does it work?

It is based on x-ray fluorescence technology.  It directs primary x-rays at a sample, causing the elements in the sample to enter a state of excitation, and in return, each element emits its own series of fluorescent x-rays, each of which is unique in energy to the element that emits it.  The instrument collects, collates and models these x-rays to provide a readout of the elemental composition of the sample, and match it to a specific alloy grade through an internal library of known alloy chemistries.  From a user perspective, it basically amounts to pulling a trigger, waiting a 2-3 seconds, and getting a readout of the grade identification and the chemical composition of the sample.

Where would it ideally be used?

At recycling and secondary smelting operations it is widely used for sorting, evaluation of material for purchase, and verification of scrap being added to the melt.  Being light and portable, they can be taken and used anywhere that fast, accurate analysis of metal alloy material is needed.  The only place they would not work well (without external modification) would be under water.

How is it different?

Our handheld XRF technology was invented more than 15 years ago and has continued to lead the industry in innovation despite a number of other manufacturers since introducing analyzers of their own.

What benefits does it offer? 

Virtually instantaneous non-destructive verification of metal alloy material.  This allows the metal recycler to instantly assess the value of material he is purchasing, and allows even non-technical scrap sorters to quickly and easily segregate material that can then be sold at higher prices.

Where has it been used?

From the deserts of the Middle East to the Antarctic.  We have instruments in use daily on every continent, by both the largest and the smallest metal recycling businesses.

Cost?

Our analyzers range in price from around $25,000 to $50,000 depending upon the features and performance that a given business desires.

Any savings?

Many recyclers have told us that the instruments paid for themselves in less than a month, and in some cases, within days.

What about maintenance?

User maintenance is minimal.  Any needed repairs must be performed at one of our many authorised service centres worldwide.

What is its life span?

Typical lifespan is about five to eight years, due mainly to new technology rendering components obsolete and difficult to source.  That said, we still have a few of our original handheld instruments in use by customers after 15 years, even though they can no longer be serviced.

How is it future-proofed?

We remain constantly up-to-date on changes and developments in the industry, in addition to maintaining open dialog with our users and incorporating their input into software updates as well as new product development.  We provide free software updates through our customer portal for the life of the analyzer.

How many have you sold and where?

We currently have more than 40,000 analyzers in use worldwide.

www.thermoscientific.com/niton

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