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Accurately Measure Coating Thickness with Elvatech XRF Analyzers

Accurately Measure Coating Thickness
Elvatech XRF instruments offer swift and precise coating thickness measurement on a range of substrates, making them well-suited for industries such as automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing. Our devices yield dependable and exact outcomes. Get in touch with us now to learn more.

Importance of Coating Thickness Measurement Across Industries: XRF Analysis for Accurate Results.

XRF Coating Thickness Measurement: Diverse Applications and Common Coating Types. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) coating thickness measurement offers precise elemental composition analysis, providing versatile applications such as:

  • Light and heavy industry production quality control
  • Metallurgy for exact testing and sorting of metals and alloys
  • Paint and varnish industry lead concentration analysis
  • Jewelry for identification of gilding and other metals

Additionally, XRF analysis is widely used for thickness testing in utility services and industry. This is crucial in industries such as aerospace construction, where it is vital to ensure components meet desired characteristics.

Common coating types that can be measured with XRF analysis include:

  • Zinc over iron/steel
  • Chrome over iron/steel
  • Nickel over iron/steel
  • Copper over iron/steel
  • Gold over copper
  • Copper over aluminum
  • Molybdenum over titanium
  • Nickel over copper
  • Any other metal over any base

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How XRF Analyzers Measure Coatings: Working Principle and Capability

An XRF coating thickness analyzer works by emitting X-rays that ionize atoms in the coating. When an electron from an inner layer is ejected, the atom compensates by filling the void with an outer electron, emitting fluorescent radiation. The coating thickness measurement device detects this radiation and generates a spectrum that displays on the screen. Users can identify the coating thickness by setting the main element of the coating. X-ray thickness analyzers can measure single-component coatings, regardless of the form or condition of the tested object.

Advantages of XRF Analysis for Coating Measurement

Since the discovery of XRF analysis in 1928, XRF metal coating thickness testing equipment has been continuously improved. Nowadays, it is a highly valuable and convenient method for coating analysis, offering several benefits to the user:

  • The coating analysis does not damage the material, eliminating the need to cut the coating.
  • Modern XRF plating thickness testers are versatile and portable, capable of analyzing objects of various shapes and sizes.
  • The analysis is conducted rapidly and can provide the user with precise results.
  • Despite the use of X-rays, this testing method is one of the safest for the user. Radiation is emitted in minimal, non-harmful amounts, and directed straight away from the user.
  • XRF analysis equipment is a modern way to test coatings and materials without disrupting production or damaging the tested item.

Coating Thickness Measurement with Handheld XRF Analyzers

XRF analyzers are available in various forms, from industrial-grade equipment to small handheld versions. Handheld XRF analyzers are portable and compact, allowing users to perform analyses without moving or disassembling the object. With a handheld analyzer, users can access even the most inaccessible parts of the tested material during coating analysis.

Although handheld analyzers are not as precise as industrial ones, they are designed to be universal for most known surfaces and materials, without requiring any prior adjustment. Compared to handheld analyzers of different principles, such as laser or optical emissions, XRF handheld testers offer a larger testing surface, more accurate results, and a wider range of tested materials.

Elvatech spectrometers are ideal for fast, cost-effective, and accurate analysis of a variety of materials and minerals, including clays, slags, sand, limestone, cement, ceramics, and various oxide materials. Our equipment can be used both in the field and in the lab. Contact us today for more information.

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