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Material verification and alloy grade identification in QA/QC is key to ensuring product reliability and safety. Increasingly stringent regulation makes testing 100% of critical materials a best practice for today’s manufacturers and metal fabricators.

For fast, reliable positive material identification, composition analysis and quality checks of finished goods, rely on proven Thermo Scientific Niton Handheld X-ray Fluorescence (HHXRF) Analyzers and Niton Handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Analyzers. From wire stands as thin as 1mm to fully fabricated assemblies, Niton handheld analyzers help you achieve 100% quality control.

  • Instant positive alloy grade identification
  • Lab-quality chemical composition analysis
  • High-throughput for increased productivity
  • Nondestructive, so test finished goods with confidence
  • Powerful analysis to validate weld chemistry
  • Recover lost material traceability in seconds - reduce scrap and rework
  • Fast, simple reporting and certificate generation
  • Simple operation means minimal training for even non-technical users
  • Hot swap battery functionality for more continuous operation

Featured handheld XRF analyzers

Niton XL5 Plus Elite HHXRF Analyzer
Niton XL5 Plus HHXRF Analyzer

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Niton XL2 Plus Handheld XRF Analyzer
Niton XL2 Plus Handheld XRF Analyzer

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Niton Apollo Handheld LIBS Analyzer
Niton Apollo Handheld LIBS Analyzer

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Aerospace engine


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 
Automotive Robots Welding


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

Customer testimonial: Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi Racing, makers of Nascar racing cars, uses Niton analyzers to measure all the metal they use in car fabrication, from the chassis to suspension components, to make sure they are up to design specs.

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Foundry Metal Worker


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


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

  Application Note: Measuring Metal Coating Thickness at Line

Battery Manufacturing


The chemistries in lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) require precise amounts of the right elements to meet specification and performance criteria. Proven Niton handheld XRF analyzers provide the fast and sensitive high-quality analysis needed to explore potential mining sites for transition metals used in lithium-ion batteries, and to help guide on-site mining decisions. In addition, Niton analyzers also deliver the fast, accurate information needed for QA/QC processes during battery manufacturing, and for the recycling of end-of-life batteries into black mass or other raw materials.

  • Verify materials in equipment used for battery manufacturing.
  • Identify metals & alloy grades and verify materials in QA/QC.
  • Verify composition consistency of cathode active materials (CAM).
  • Measure sulfur content in raw graphite anodes.
  • Perform cathode and anode coat weight measurements.
  • Measure the composition of black mass obtained from recycling processes.

Application note: Optimizing lithium-ion battery recycling operations

Pharma Manufacturing


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

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