Manufacturing Metals Fabrication

Obtain confidence in your raw material and finished goods testing

The verification of metal alloys for quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) has never been more important for product reliability and safety. From metal production through final product assembly, the potential for material mix-ups is real. With all types of manufacturing operations facing increasingly stringent safety regulations, today’s best practices include testing 100% of critical materials. Niton handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers provide elemental analysis to ensure regulatory compliance. Want to learn more? Request a demo to speak with a member from our team.

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Niton Apollo Handheld LIBS Analyzer

Niton Handheld XRF & LIBS for Fabrication

Powerful Analysis

Gain confidence in your material chemistry. Niton XRF and LIBS analyzers are equipped with the best combination of hardware and software to enhance your analytical performance. Now you can rapidly verify alloys, recover lost material traceability, confirm finished products, and validate weld chemistry. Our Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer features a 5W
x-ray tube (the most powerful available) and optimizes the space between the tube and detector to guarantee low detection limits. The Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer deploys an effective laser and high purity argon purge to generate lab quality results in just 10 seconds.

Peace of Mind

Take control of your quality control program. Niton analyzers help you achieve precise material chemistry. Confidently prevent incorrect material from entering the value stream, while protecting the reputation of your business. It is no longer feasible to rely on mill test reports (MTRs) for elemental data. Use Niton XRF and LIBS analyzers to validate incoming goods by deploying a “trust but verify” program. From wire stands as thin as 1mm, to fully fabricated assemblies, Niton analyzers help you achieve 100% quality control.

Increased Productivity

Time is valuable – that’s why Niton handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers help you make the most of it. Now you can perform material inspection directly on the manufacturing line. Avoid wasting days or weeks by sending goods to an external testing lab. Our analyzers provide fast analysis to maximize sample throughput and production. Even non-technical personnel can quickly come up to speed with minimal training. Niton elemental analyzers also come with hot swap battery functionality, so you can quickly replace a depleted battery, without pausing operation.

Smart Technology

Niton analyzers help you work smarter, not harder. Our smart, simplified software solutions feature an application interface that is straightforward and easy to use. You’ll have the option to customize data fields and user profiles to create workflow solutions designed to meet the needs of your business. And with our proprietary NitonConnect PC software, you can even remotely operate the analyzer from the comfort of your computer. Our premiere analyzers also feature micro and macro cameras to collect sample imagery, and WiFi capability to remotely transfer and view readings.

Browse Metal Fabrication Applications

Aerospace

If aerospace 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 handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers are purpose-built to provide the highest quality analysis and verification necessary for the full range of aerospace alloys. Use Niton analyzers to:

  • 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
  • Measure thickness of cadmium and zinc-nickel coatings 

  

aerospace metal fabrication

Automotive

New lightweight steel grades and aluminum alloys are being developed to make cars more fuel efficient. Each grade or alloy is composed of designated percentages of different elements – undergoing refining processes to create the appropriate properties for specific automotive components. Even slight variations in the recipe can render the parts defective. Niton elemental analyzers are essential for material verification for the manufacturing of automotive components. Use Niton analyzers to:

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

  

automotive metal fabrication

Foundries

Niton handheld XRF analyzers are the ideal tool for screening large varieties of incoming metal scrap, as well as providing quick, nondestructive chemistry and grade verification of chill castings and final products. Materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, copper alloys, superalloys, titanium, and more can be analyzed using handheld XRF. The Niton handheld LIBS analyzer is used when more specific sorting of low alloy and stainless steels is required due to carbon content. Use Niton analyzers to:

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

  

foundries metal fabrication

Coatings

Metal coatings must be applied in certain thickness specifications to perform as expected. Niton handheld 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. Use Niton analyzers to:

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

  

metal coatings

Pharma

Biopharmaceutical engineering (BPE) specifications require complete traceability of critical stainless-steel components. Mill certification reports and heat stamps have proven unreliable in numerous cases. Many facilities rely on Niton handheld XRF analyzers for superior material verification and alloy grade identification in seconds. When carbon content is required to identify L-grades (such as SS-316L), Niton handheld LIBS analyzers are the ideal tool. Use Niton analyzers to:

  • Enhance ASME/BPE specifications with spectral output
  • Perform on-site Installation Qualifications (IQ) and Operational Qualifications (OQ) in minutes
  • Calibrate to NIST-traceable standards

  

metal verification for pharma

Aerospace

If aerospace 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 handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers are purpose-built to provide the highest quality analysis and verification necessary for the full range of aerospace alloys. Use Niton analyzers to:

  • 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
  • Measure thickness of cadmium and zinc-nickel coatings 

  

aerospace metal fabrication

Automotive

New lightweight steel grades and aluminum alloys are being developed to make cars more fuel efficient. Each grade or alloy is composed of designated percentages of different elements – undergoing refining processes to create the appropriate properties for specific automotive components. Even slight variations in the recipe can render the parts defective. Niton elemental analyzers are essential for material verification for the manufacturing of automotive components. Use Niton analyzers to:

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

  

automotive metal fabrication

Foundries

Niton handheld XRF analyzers are the ideal tool for screening large varieties of incoming metal scrap, as well as providing quick, nondestructive chemistry and grade verification of chill castings and final products. Materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, copper alloys, superalloys, titanium, and more can be analyzed using handheld XRF. The Niton handheld LIBS analyzer is used when more specific sorting of low alloy and stainless steels is required due to carbon content. Use Niton analyzers to:

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

  

foundries metal fabrication

Coatings

Metal coatings must be applied in certain thickness specifications to perform as expected. Niton handheld 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. Use Niton analyzers to:

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

  

metal coatings

Pharma

Biopharmaceutical engineering (BPE) specifications require complete traceability of critical stainless-steel components. Mill certification reports and heat stamps have proven unreliable in numerous cases. Many facilities rely on Niton handheld XRF analyzers for superior material verification and alloy grade identification in seconds. When carbon content is required to identify L-grades (such as SS-316L), Niton handheld LIBS analyzers are the ideal tool. Use Niton analyzers to:

  • Enhance ASME/BPE specifications with spectral output
  • Perform on-site Installation Qualifications (IQ) and Operational Qualifications (OQ) in minutes
  • Calibrate to NIST-traceable standards

  

metal verification for pharma
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