Thermo Fisher Scientific Highlights Handheld Niton XRF Analyzer with Large Area Drift Detector at EASTEC 2009

Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t Series Analyzers with GOLDD Technology Provide Much Faster Testing Speed and Dramatically Improved Analytical Performance

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, will demonstrate its recently announced Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t Series with geometrically optimized large area drift detector (GOLDD) technology at EASTEC 2009, May 19-21, Eastern States Exposition Grounds, West Springfield, Mass., booth #3049. It is the instrument of choice for metal alloy analysis with the ability to instantly regain lost traceability on materials. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the worlds leading manufacturer of handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers.

Groundbreaking GOLDD technology delivers improvements in light element detection, overall sensitivity and measurement times ???? as much as 10 times faster than conventional Si-PIN detectors, and up to 3 times more precise than conventional smaller, silicon drift detectors.

Thermo Fisher was able to surpass the performance of conventional Si-PIN and SDD detectors by combining the award-winning Niton® XL3t's 50kV, 2-watt x-ray tube, closely optimized geometry and patented signal processing hardware and software with our proprietary large area drift detector. The end result is GOLDD technology, delivering superior performance in the form of faster analysis, lower detection limits and unparalleled analytical precision. Further, this innovation allows analysis of light elements such as magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), phosphorus (P) and sulfur (S) without helium or vacuum purging. For the machining industry, the capability to verify sulfur content in free machining steels, such as SS 303, can help eliminate damage to tooling caused by incorrect materials.

"The Niton XL3t with GOLDD technology brings true lab-quality performance to a handheld XRF analyzer. Although it's easy to use and delivers fast analysis, it is truly a laboratory-quality instrument and can measure light elements without helium or vacuum assistance," said Bob Wopperer, Thermo Fisher's director of business development for Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers. "It is the ideal tool for analyzing metal alloys."

Wopperer continued, "Customers benefit from instant, positive alloy grade identification and quick, simple report and certificate generation. The instrument can sometimes pay for itself just in recovery of material traceability " enabling unknown material to be used and converted to profit rather than being scrapped."

About Niton XL3t Series Analyzers The Niton XL3t Series analyzers with GOLDD technology incorporate 80 MHz real-time digital signal processing and dual state-of-the-art embedded processors for computation, data storage, live video processing, and communication and come with many standard features and available options.

The standard Niton Data Transfer (NDT©) Software, a suite of data management utilities, allows users to:

- Customize the instrument
- Set user permissions
- Generate custom reports
- Print certificates of analysis personalized with a company's own logo
- Remotely monitor and operate the instrument hands-free from a PC or PDA.

Integrated USB and Bluetooth" communications provide direct data transfer to a PC or networked storage device, eliminating the cumbersome data synchronization procedures required by PDA-based XRF analyzers. The NDT file format preserves and protects the data from each sample analysis, ensuring that this data is not unintentionally or intentionally compromised.

Additionally, users can isolate small areas of interest on a sample using our CamShot " integrated color CCD camera and the optional WeldSpot" integrated 3 mm small-spot focus feature, and then store the image of the tested area along with the analysis data. This feature is ideal for isolation and analysis of weldments separate from the joined components, to verify proper dilution rate. The Niton XL3t Series offers the only fully-integrated and environmentally-sealed tilting color touch-screen display for easy viewing of sample results in any position and under virtually all lighting conditions. Also, all Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers use third-generation lithium-ion batteries, providing the longest usage cycle of any portable XRF analyzer.

The Niton XL3t Series is available in a range of configurations and with an assortment of optional features and accessories to suit a wide variety of analytical needs.

For more information in advance of EASTEC 2009, or to schedule an on-site demonstration, contact your local representative or contact Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers directly at (800) 875-1578 (toll-free US),+1 978 670-7460, by e-mail at, or visit our website at

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