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XRF System Measures Both Coating Thickness, Element Presence

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Bowman’s L Series desktop X-ray fluorescence instrument was specifically engineered for measuring large fasteners, hardware, plumbing fixtures and other outsized items.
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Bowman’s L Series desktop X-ray fluorescence instrument was specifically engineered for measuring large fasteners, hardware, plumbing fixtures and other outsized items. The device can quickly determine both the thickness of coatings and the elements present in the sample, measuring as many as five coating layers simultaneously, any or all of which can be alloys, the company says.

The instrument uses the company’s proprietary micro-spot-focus X-ray tube as the energy source; a temperature-stabilized silicon PIN diode as the detector; and a wide-bandwidth, multi-channel amplifier to sort and count the radiated photons. Bowman Xralizer software identifies and qualifies the thickness of the materials from the detected photons. A micro-focus video camera aligned with the X-ray optics axis identifies the area on the sample to be measured.

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