Top 5 Reasons You Should Trade-In Your Handheld XRF

Posted by Chris Carolan on Feb 28, 2020 9:15:00 AM
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Today I want to share the Top 5 Reasons you should trade-in your handheld XRF.

1. Avoid Costly Repairs and Lower the Cost of Ownership

If you have ever had to pay for a repair to your handheld XRF, you know exactly what I am talking about. With expensive, fragile components like X-ray tubes & detectors, repairs can cost upwards of 

$6,000-$10,000 or more depending on the make and model. For reference, the most expensive handheld LIBS repair is usually around $3,000. If you have avoided repairs up to this point, good work, most XRF components are spec'd to last 5-10 years depending on the usage. Don't wait for the next XRF repair to break the bank.

In fact, instead of spending $10,000 on a repair, Get Up To $10,000 in Trade-In Value Towards the Purchase of a New LIBS

2. Get Better Performance…Especially on Aluminum Alloys

Handheld analyzers have come a long way in the last 5 years with much better capabilities. A primary example of this is the ability of handheld LIBS to measure light elements like Magnesium and Silicon better than XRF. This allows for much faster, safer, and accurate sorting of Aluminum alloys and other metals where light elements are the key difference maker.

Alloys Identified in 3 seconds or less by LIBS How Does Handheld XRF Perform?
All Cast Aluminum Alloys < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for proper Si measurement
2XXX Series with Lithium < 3 seconds Cannot Do Lithium
All 5000 Series < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for proper Mg measurement
2014 vs 2024 < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for proper Mg measurement
3003 vs 3004 vs 3005 < 3 seconds Requires 20+ seconds for proper Mg measurement
3105 < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for Mg detection of 0.2-0.8%
4032 < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for proper Si measurement
1100 vs 6061 vs 6063 < 3 seconds Requires 30+ seconds to measure Mg & Si properly
Aluminum Bronzes < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for proper Al measurement
Silicon Bronzes < 3 seconds Requires 15+ seconds for proper Si measurement
Beryllium Coppers < 3 seconds Cannot Do Beryllium

NOTE: LIBS can also identify Steels, Nickels, and other Ferrous Alloys in 3 seconds or less.

 

3. Test Safer - NO RADIATION

It's 2020 and you no longer have to use RADIATION to identify your metals. Laser-based technology like handheld LIBS is a proven and viable alternative to XRF for alloy grade identification. Not only will you not be exposing yourself to the hazards of radiation, you won't have the headaches that come with government regulation of radiation-emitting devices. 

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4. Test Faster - As Low As 1 Second

Most new analyzers today, handheld XRF included, will tell you everything you need to know in less than 5-10 seconds. With handheld LIBS, the test time can be as low as 1 second! So if you are out there holding the XRF trigger for 10, 15, 20 seconds, imagine how much time you would save if you could get a result 10 times faster.

5. Use Updated Technology

Just like your smart phone, smart TV, or smart…refrigerator? Technology moves on. New handheld metal analyzers offer major productivity upgrades like WI-FI and Bluetooth connectivity, automated data management and reporting, and integrated cameras for things like sample image tagging & bar code scanning. So if you are still writing down the results or taking pictures of the results with the latest smart phone, maybe it's time to upgrade to the latest metal analyzer and watch your productivity skyrocket.

But don't worry, even if it is broken and waiting for repair, your handheld XRF still has value. Just share the make, model, and a picture with us and we can tell you how much it's worth.

Trade In Your XRF

To Recap, the top 5 reasons to trade-in your handheld XRF are:

  1. Avoid Costly Repairs and Lower the Cost of Ownership

  2. Get Better Performance…Especially on Aluminum Alloys

  3. Test Safer - NO RADIATION

  4. Test Faster - as low as 1 second!

  5. Use Updated Technology

Until next time…Never Stop Testing Your Metal.

Get Up To $10,000 Trade-In XRF for LIBS

Topics: Aluminum, Trade-In, LIBS, Metals Manufacturing, XRF, PMI, Inspection, Scrap Metal

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