The digitally controlled power source of the X-Ray Master sensor enables it to be precisely tuned to measure specific material properties, allowing a wide range of products to be measured on the same line with a single sensor.
A stable, high-flux, low-noise x-ray source is digitally tuned across the range of 10 to 30 keV depending on the material to be measured. The voltage is maintained to within ±2.0 V at 30 keV and the use of a low power x-ray tube eliminates the need for external cooling utilities. A robust calibration algorithm enables the easy addition of new products to maximize the benefits from optimization controls and return on investment, reinforcing the X-Ray Master as a simple, cost-effective solution.
The X-Ray Master is available in four application-specific sensor models.
Model S-XRAY0-00 sensor is designed for use with film and sheet products. Its 4 mm source footprint is capable of detecting 1.25 mm streaks, a feature that is also invaluable for edge bead characterization on biaxial orientated film and sheet lines. Other applications include subtractive x-ray coat weight measurement.
Model S-XRAY0-01 sensor has a 40 mm gap designed for use on specialty nonwoven applications.
Model S-XRAY0-02 sensor has a 600 mm wide gap for fiberglass and other building product applications.
Model S-XRAY0-03 sensor has a 300 mm wide gap for float glass applications.
A full suite of maintenance displays for calibration, accuracy verification and diagnostics supports the sensors. As x-ray measurements are non-nuclear, they are not subject to the regulations surrounding the use or disposal of nucleonic sources. Generally, x-ray measurements require minimal shielding due to their low operating energy levels. In addition, there is no deterioration of the signal over time, nor is there a radiation hazard once the sensor is powered down. Each material is linked to its specific x-ray power profile through the system’s recipe management.