Staffordshire based Cronimet GB has bought a new generation XL3t (TM) alloy analyser from Niton UK. To be used for the sorting and grading of recycled alloys for use in stainless steel production, the hand-held instrument typically takes less than two seconds to identify an alloy grade.
This greatly enhanced performance is due to the use of advanced electronics and a new state-of-the-art x-ray tube.
Taking charge of the new instrument, Cronimet GB director Mark Westwood said: "We bought the Niton XL3t for the speed it can sort and grade materials. Man hours are precious to us, and this new instrument effectively gives us more."
The Niton UK XL3t is the first to be purchased within the international Cronimet group, which has its headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. Cronimet is a leading company in the trade, production and recycling of alloy raw materials for the stainless steel production industry. The recycling includes high performance materials, such as special and superalloys, high nickel-base and cobalt-based alloys as well as titanium and titanium alloys.
The XL3 series is available in a range of configurations and with an assortment of optional features and accessories. The instruments are supplied with Niton Data Transfer software, a suite of data management utilities that allows users to produce certificates and reports, and monitor or operate the instrument remotely from a PC or PDA. The software also enables users to document test results, and guarantees the quality and integrity of the data produced.
The instruments operate on the principle of x-ray fluorescence, which uses x-rays to excite the atoms in the sample and measures the fluorescent x-rays re-emitted by the material. From this they then rapidly determine the elements present as well as their relative concentrations. For samples with known ranges of chemical composition, such as common grades of metal alloys, the analysers can also quickly identify most sample types by name.
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