Manufacturing Metals Fabrication

Have confidence in your raw material and finished goods testing

Material verification for alloy quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) is critical to product safety; wrong or out-of-specification metal alloys can lead to premature and potentially catastrophic part failures.

With all types of manufacturing operations facing increasingly stringent industrial safety regulations and fines, today’s best practices include testing 100% of critical materials as part of a QA/QC program. Thermo Scientific Niton handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers offer the best solution for performing QA/QC (also known as positive material identification or PMI). XRF is a nondestructive technique that can determine the elemental composition of a sample within seconds, helping to ensure that no incorrect or out-of-specification metal alloys caused by material mix-ups, lost traceability, incorrect weld chemistry and dilution, or even counterfeit materials enter the manufacturing process. 

Make Niton XRF handheld analyzers part of your best practice standards.

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Featured handheld XRF analyzers

Featured handheld XRF analyzer applications



If airplane parts are not manufactured with the precise alloy specified for the application, the parts may not be able to support the weight and stresses they are designed to bear. Niton XRF analyzers are purpose-built to provide the highest quality analysis and verification necessary for the full range of aerospace alloys.

  • Verify high-temp, nickel, titanium, aluminum alloys and superalloys
  • Analyze light elements in aluminum and titanium alloys
  • Detect high-purity tin and prevent tin whiskers before they start
  • Identify selenium, cadmium, and zinc coatings for space applications


Niton XRF analyzers are the ideal tools for screening incoming metal scrap, as well as providing quick, nondestructive chemistry and grade verification of chill castings and final product.

  • Analyze melt charge material on the spot
  • Achieve lab-quality accuracy and precision with nondestructive analysis
  • Test finished products before shipment




Metal coatings must be applied in certain thickness specifications in order to perform as expected. Niton XRF analyzers are an extremely efficient technology for rapid compositional analysis of alloy coatings in any application. The strength of an XRF signal can be used to determine the thickness of the coating; a second reading can determine the thickness of the substrate.

  • Perform spot analysis anywhere in the supply chain
  • Ensure that expensive coating material isn’t wasted
  • Enhance process monitoring and quality control




New lightweight steel grades and aluminum alloys are being developed to make cars more fuel efficient. Each grade or alloy is made from designated percentages of different elements and undergoes refining processes to have the appropriate properties for specific automotive components. Even slight variations in the recipe can render the parts defective. Niton XRF analyzers are essential for material verification in the manufacture of these components.

  • Meet specific PMI requirements for automotive manufacturing
  • Perform elemental analysis of specialty alloys
  • Test finished material to ensure it meets precise engineering specifications
Pharmaceutical Verification

Pharmaceutical verification

Biopharmaceutical engineering (BPE) specifications require complete traceability of critical stainless steel components. Mill certification and heat stamps have proven unreliable in numerous cases. Many facilities rely on Niton analyzers for superior material verification and positive alloy grade identification in seconds.

  • Enhance ASME/BPE specs with spectral output
  • Perform on-site Installation Qualifications (IQ) and Operational Qualifications (OQ) in minutes
  • Calibrated to NIST-traceable standards
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Whether you’re producing steel from iron ore or scrap, and your end product is several inch-thick slabs or galvanized sheet less than a millimeter thick, we offer a complete range of technologies that improve each stage of the steel manufacturing production process, from incoming raw materials to the final coating line. Visit our Steel Manufacturing pages to find innovative technology for optimizing metals production and improving profitability.

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