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How to Find Hazardous Materials Fast

Quick and Easy InnovXsystems Delta Analyzer

You’ve heard the stories of consumer product watchdogs finding lead in the paint of childrens’ toys and such, but did you ever stop to think about how that lead was found?

Until recently, the prevailing technology involved immersing a sample of the product in acid to bring the lead out.  This not only destroys the product, but it presents another set of safety issues. And when you consider that this needs to be done in product quality control sites, customs offices and by consumer safety organizations for thousands of products every year around the world, the risk is not insignificant.

Fortunately, it doesn’t need to be done that way any more.

That’s because a company called InnovXsystems has developed The Delta, a portable XRF (X-ray florescence) analyzer that can identify trace amounts of hazardous or restricted materials in any product at the push of a button.

Looking like a portable drill with a cell phone LCD screen attached to the back end, the system can detect hazardous or restricted materials in and through paint, coatings, substrates and bulk materials in all accessible parts.  The product is ideal for quality control, compliance verification, certification or product testing and the data can be downloaded to generate robust reports, including photos of the sample.

The nondestructive tester can be used to detect hazardous elements in a chip, package or board, or in the casing or paint of a product.

And it’s extremely simple to use. Check out this quick video of the Delta in action, analyzing a chip package.

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This entry was posted on February 2, 2011 by in Chip+System Design and tagged , , .
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