Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a unique product pairing providing foundries and metal processing companies with total quality analyses capability with ease. The solution optimizes the Thermo Scientific™ ARL™ OPTIM’X WDXRF Slag Analyzer, which uses the power of wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence (WDXRF) for effective analyses of metallurgic slags, and the Thermo Scientific™ ARL™ 3460 Advantage OES Metals Analyzer for quick, accurate investigation of solid metals by optical emission spectrometry.

Thermo Scientific products offer comprehensive systems for the complete analysis of metals and non-metals in iron and steel production. OES provides rapid analysis of carbon and low nitrogen along with all other alloying elements in iron and steel, while XRF offers reliable and repeatable analysis of metallurgical slags and raw materials, including iron ores, sinters, cast irons. In addition, XRF assures high repeatability which makes the technique effective for the control of major elements and expensive alloying elements.

The ARL OPTIM’X spectrometer is a compact, cost effective and reliable XRF solution for all non-metallic samples as well as major and minor elements in metals. As well as providing a low cost of ownership for a WDXRF instrument with minimal peripheral support (neither internal nor external water cooling, nor compressed air), the ARL OPTIM’X slag analyzer allows quick sample preparation and fast analysis. In addition to common oxides such as CaO, SiO2, MgO, Na2O, Al2O3, S, K2O, Fe2O3, the instrument is capable of analyzing fluorine in slags. Slags can be analyzed both as directly cast slags and as pressed pellets. Fusion beads can also be used for ultimate accuracy and control.

The ARL 3460 Advantage spectrometer is one of the most established OES instruments in the metals industry. Based on decades of experience and continuous improvements, this instrument provides an ideal solution for foundries and metal producers. Offering increased reliability and stability, the ARL 3460 Advantage ensures trouble-free operation with minimal maintenance costs over the entire lifetime of the instrument. With optical configuration optimized to cover most of the analytical requirements in a foundry, users benefit from the highest quality technology to ensure improved metals analysis in terms of quality and productivity in addition to low operational costs.

The ARL OPTIM’X and ARL 3460 Advantage systems are delivered with factory calibrations for immediate operation and use. Both instruments are driven by Thermo Scientific™ OXSAS™ analytical software to help the user quickly learn and operate the two instruments. Comprehensive training can be provided on both instruments after installation, eliminating the need for two separate interventions. They can also be fully automated with Thermo Scientific™ ARL™ SMS solutions for on-line unattended analysis when fast 24/7 throughput is required.

For more information or a quote about the ARL OPTIM’X XRF and ARL 3460 Advantage spectrometers for metals analyses, do not hesitate to contact us.

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