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Thermo Fisher Scientific Earns Trust of Consumer Goods Regulators with XRF Analyzer
Handheld Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t 700 Series XRF Analyzers Provide Fast, Easy Screening for Lead in Toys and Consumer Goods
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe (PROSAFE) chose and trust the Niton handheld XRF analyzer. The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction, which includes enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. PROSAFE, through one of the joint market surveillance actions between several member states from the European Economic Area, has utilized Niton® analyzers for XRF screening of certain toys.
With more regulations and directives controlling permissible levels of hazardous substances in consumer goods, an effective screening program using handheld XRF analysis can greatly reduce the chances that lead-containing materials will enter the manufacturing process or accidentally end up on store shelves.
Niton XL3t 700 Series XRF analyzers provide quick and easy screening of toys and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals. Regulators, importers, brand owners, manufacturers and retailers can implement a standardized inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing.
"We want to reach out to as many stakeholders as possible and let them know that handheld XRF is a proven and accepted technology that is effective in preventing contaminated toys and other childaccessible products from reaching children," said Bob Wopperer, director of marketing and business development for Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers. "We are particularly gratified that our analyzers meet the performance requirements of the regulatory organizations responsible for ensuring compliance.
Wopperer continued, "Our analyzers have the ability to quickly and reliably provide rapid screening solutions, which accrue from the instruments' portability, ease-of-use, speed, and nondestructive nature. XRF complements rather than replaces lab-based testing, allowing for an optimized, two-stage process for finding problem toys, apparel and other consumer products, and of course, smarter testing means safer children."
About Niton XL3t Series Analyzers
Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t Series analyzers, now available with geometrically optimized large area drift detector (GOLDD(TM) ) technology, provide a fast, reliable, and nondestructive means of screening toys, jewelry, apparel and electronic components for restricted substances such as lead and cadmium. Using the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique, the instruments are equipped with a tilting touch-screen display and easy-to-use, intuitive software, permitting rapid screening of incoming shipments, as well as existing inventory and providing significant savings in both time and costs as compared to the exclusive reliance upon fixed laboratory analysis. The Niton XL3t analyzer also features wireless Bluetooth* or USB data transfer, optional variable-spot size and integrated CCD camera, and component image storage for regulatory due diligence. Additionally, all readings are encrypted and locked against editing, which preserves and protects the data from each sample analysis, ensuring that results are not accidentally or intentionally compromised. Further, TestAll(TM) technology, with its automatic mode selection, determines whether lead is present on the surface of the sample undergoing testing or in the substrate. It then applies the appropriate analysis mode, helping to eliminate guesswork for faster, more efficient screening.
An effective screening program using handheld XRF analysis greatly reduces the chances that leadcontaining materials will enter the manufacturing process or accidentally end up on store shelves. This starts with a process that includes rapid screening of metals, polymers and components at the (subcontractor's) receiving dock, in the warehouse, during product assembly and even at vendor sites, including testing through packaging to save time.
Operating as either a handheld tool or integrated into an optional test stand with included PC-based software, the Niton XL3t handheld XRF analyzer provides quantitative analysis of lead and other toxic metals in seconds. Plastic toys, painted parts, plastic and metal jewelry, apparel, and furniture can be quickly screened for the presence of lead.
*Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
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