Tribogenics unveils updated handheld x-ray-based materials identifier

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device quickly identifies 423 different metal alloys.

Tribogenics unveils updated handheld x-ray-based materials identifier
Tribogenics unveils updated handheld x-ray-based materials identifier
Watson (Image: Tribogenics) Tribogenics (Los Angeles, CA), which last year introduced a sub-$10,000 handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer called Watson based on "triboelectrification," or the creation of photons from mechanical energy, has unveiled a next-generation version of its analyzer. The device has a field-exchangeable and autocalibrated x-ray source cartridge, automated upload of data to the cloud, and a newly attained CE Mark for use in Europe. Watson requires only seconds to complete positive material identification of 423 metal alloys, according to Tribogenics. The analyzer is intended for quality assurance and control manufacturers, metal fabricators, machinists, and recyclers, among others. According to Tribogenics, Watson can identify 423 alloys, minimizing risks of using incorrect or out-of-specification alloys (just one example of use would be in the aircraft industry for easy identification of various pieces of the many types of alloys used there). The cloud-based data-reporting system is available on Android OS. No operator training is required, says the company. "For anyone working with metals in their manufacturing process, particularly those supplying to aerospace, automotive, and medical customers where conformance of certification is mission-critical, the Watson metal analyzer is an affordable, 'must-have' verification technology," says Stewart Chalmers, Tribogenics' marketing VP. For more info, see http://tribogenics.com/technology/ Source: Tribogenics
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