Positive Material Identification and Power Generation

Verify your process systems by taking matters into your own hands

For petroleum and petrochemical facilities, the emphasis on safety and accident prevention has never been greater – and with good reason. According to one study, about 10% of corrosion-related accidents declare the inadequacy of material composition as the key component for failure1. The requirement for positive material identification (PMI) in alloys used throughout the plant is more critical than ever. Simply relying on spot testing of parts and subassemblies is too risky and unacceptable. 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 PMI

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. Perform key applications such as residual and trace elemental detection, carbon equivalency, low silicon analysis, and much more. 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.

Expanded Field Use

Go where no one goes. With Niton analyzers you’ll experience true mobility and unlock access to previously unreachable test spots. Engineered to provide portable elemental analysis, Niton analyzers deliver rapid results anywhere on the pipeline. Safely perform material verification when you’re deployed at heights, navigating through a pipe rack, or mobilizing offshore. Niton XRF and LIBS analyzers feature a lightweight, ergonomic design. Most analyzers also include a tapered nose to help you easily reach difficult test locations. Corners, joints, and tight welds are no match for Niton elemental analyzers.

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 even when the plant is up and running. There is never a need to stop daily operations (or profits to your bottom line). Our analyzers provide fast analysis to maximize sample throughput and production. And in a snap, you’ll experience better record keeping too. Our premiere analyzers come equipped with micro and macro cameras to help with sample positioning and full-scale sample imagery. Hot swap battery functionality also ensures you never miss a moment – quickly replace a depleted battery without pausing user 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. Best of all, our premiere analyzers feature WiFi to empower you to remotely transfer and view sample readings. And if you need to maintain a record of your material verification, analysis certificates can be automatically generated and emailed in an instant.

1Wood, M., Vetere Arellano, A., Van Wijk, L. (2013). Corrosion-Related Accidents in Petroleum Refineries: Lessons learned from accidents in EU and OECD countries. JRC Scientific and Policy Reports.

Browse Positive Material Identification (PMI) Applications

Carbon Equivalency

The weldability of a steel is primarily influenced by its carbon content. Adding additional elements such as manganese, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, copper, nickel, or silicon can impact material composition and effect carbon equivalence (CE). In welding, carbon equivalent (CE) calculations are used to predict heat affected zone (HAZ) hardenability. By understanding chemistry differences through carbon equivalency, it can be determined if the properties of two materials being joined together via filler metal components are compatible. The Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer can automatically calculate carbon equivalency. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about using the Niton Apollo for carbon equivalency.

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Application Note: Carbon Equivalents in Steel Components

  

carbon equivalency

Sulfidic Corrosion

Sulfidation (sulfidic) corrosion affects steel piping and equipment and continues to be a significant cause of leaks in the refining industry. American Petroleum Institute (API) 939C, “Guidelines for Avoiding Sulfidation (Sulfidic) Corrosion Failures in Oil Refineries,” recognizes implementing “Retrospective PMI into a Material Verification Program” (per API 578) as an inspection method to detect and track sulfidation corrosion. Niton handheld elemental analyzers can assist with material analysis to prevent sulfidic corrosion. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about using the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer to prevent sulfidic corrosion.

  Application Note: Preventing Sulfidic Corrosion Failures

  

Sulfidic Corrosion

HF Alkylation

HF Alkylation is an increasingly central process in the refining industry for the production of petrochemical products. The proper selection, application and placement of the alloys within the process piping envelope is critical to avoid unexpected corrosion and deterioration of pressure equipment compo nents. Case studies have shown that residual elements (REs) in carbon steel can contribute to accelerated HF corrosion, primarily chromium, nickel and copper elements. Niton elemental analyzers can identify residual elements in steel piping. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about using the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer to identify residual elements.

  Application Note: Identifying Residual Elements in Steel Piping

  

HF Alkylation

Flow Accelerated Corrosion

Flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC), is a well-known source of problems in nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants. FAC occurs when carbon steel piping and components are degraded in the presence of flowing water or steam water with low-dissolved oxygen. With industrial safety regulations becoming increasingly stringent, positive material identification (PMI) of alloys used throughout the plant is a necessity. Niton handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers can assist with an FAC prevention program. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about how to use the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer for power plant FAC inspection protocol.

  Application Note: Power Plant FAC Inspection Protocol

  

Flow-accelerated corrosion

Microalloying Elements

Microalloyed steels, often referred to as High-Strength Low-Alloy steels (HSLA), are a family of materials strengthened by the addition of “micro” alloy concentrations to low-carbon mild steel. The technology of microalloying includes adding specific elements to achieve desired mechanical properties. The strengthening effects of these elements make microalloyed steels particularly suited for high-strength applications, but can also detract from desired qualities such as toughness, ductility and weldability. Niton elemental analyzers provide fast, accurate analysis of microalloying elements in steel. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn how the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer can provide analysis of microalloying elements in steel.

  Application Note: Analysis of Microalloying Elements in Steel

  

Microalloyed steel

Retroactive PMI

Industry reported data suggests a probability that as much as 3% of rogue material will make its way into the field as part of a final fabricated assembly, piping circuit, pressure vessel, or other critical process equipment. Aging infrastructure more often provides the challenge of “in-situ” or retroactive PMI testing to confirm existing assets are fit for service. Typically, this requires performing measurements at elevated temperatures under normal process operating conditions ranging from 200° F up to 900° F. Such conditions require an analyzer that meet the demanding aspects of retro-PMI testing. Niton handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers are purpose-built and specifically designed to perform retroactive PMI. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn how the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer is the instrument of choice to conduct retroactive PMI.

  Application Note: Conducting Retroactive PMI

  

Retroactive PMI

Carbon Equivalency

The weldability of a steel is primarily influenced by its carbon content. Adding additional elements such as manganese, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, copper, nickel, or silicon can impact material composition and effect carbon equivalence (CE). In welding, carbon equivalent (CE) calculations are used to predict heat affected zone (HAZ) hardenability. By understanding chemistry differences through carbon equivalency, it can be determined if the properties of two materials being joined together via filler metal components are compatible. The Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer can automatically calculate carbon equivalency. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about using the Niton Apollo for carbon equivalency.

COMING SOON!
Application Note: Carbon Equivalents in Steel Components

  

carbon equivalency

Sulfidic Corrosion

Sulfidation (sulfidic) corrosion affects steel piping and equipment and continues to be a significant cause of leaks in the refining industry. American Petroleum Institute (API) 939C, “Guidelines for Avoiding Sulfidation (Sulfidic) Corrosion Failures in Oil Refineries,” recognizes implementing “Retrospective PMI into a Material Verification Program” (per API 578) as an inspection method to detect and track sulfidation corrosion. Niton handheld elemental analyzers can assist with material analysis to prevent sulfidic corrosion. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about using the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer to prevent sulfidic corrosion.

  Application Note: Preventing Sulfidic Corrosion Failures

  

Sulfidic Corrosion

HF Alkylation

HF Alkylation is an increasingly central process in the refining industry for the production of petrochemical products. The proper selection, application and placement of the alloys within the process piping envelope is critical to avoid unexpected corrosion and deterioration of pressure equipment compo nents. Case studies have shown that residual elements (REs) in carbon steel can contribute to accelerated HF corrosion, primarily chromium, nickel and copper elements. Niton elemental analyzers can identify residual elements in steel piping. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about using the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer to identify residual elements.

  Application Note: Identifying Residual Elements in Steel Piping

  

HF Alkylation

Flow Accelerated Corrosion

Flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC), is a well-known source of problems in nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants. FAC occurs when carbon steel piping and components are degraded in the presence of flowing water or steam water with low-dissolved oxygen. With industrial safety regulations becoming increasingly stringent, positive material identification (PMI) of alloys used throughout the plant is a necessity. Niton handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers can assist with an FAC prevention program. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn more about how to use the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer for power plant FAC inspection protocol.

  Application Note: Power Plant FAC Inspection Protocol

  

Flow-accelerated corrosion

Microalloying Elements

Microalloyed steels, often referred to as High-Strength Low-Alloy steels (HSLA), are a family of materials strengthened by the addition of “micro” alloy concentrations to low-carbon mild steel. The technology of microalloying includes adding specific elements to achieve desired mechanical properties. The strengthening effects of these elements make microalloyed steels particularly suited for high-strength applications, but can also detract from desired qualities such as toughness, ductility and weldability. Niton elemental analyzers provide fast, accurate analysis of microalloying elements in steel. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn how the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer can provide analysis of microalloying elements in steel.

  Application Note: Analysis of Microalloying Elements in Steel

  

Microalloyed steel

Retroactive PMI

Industry reported data suggests a probability that as much as 3% of rogue material will make its way into the field as part of a final fabricated assembly, piping circuit, pressure vessel, or other critical process equipment. Aging infrastructure more often provides the challenge of “in-situ” or retroactive PMI testing to confirm existing assets are fit for service. Typically, this requires performing measurements at elevated temperatures under normal process operating conditions ranging from 200° F up to 900° F. Such conditions require an analyzer that meet the demanding aspects of retro-PMI testing. Niton handheld XRF and LIBS analyzers are purpose-built and specifically designed to perform retroactive PMI. Ready to learn more? Download our application note to learn how the Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyzer is the instrument of choice to conduct retroactive PMI.

  Application Note: Conducting Retroactive PMI

  

Retroactive PMI
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