Thermo Fisher Scientific Receives 2008 Product of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine

Handheld Thermo Scientific Niton® XL3 700 Series XRF Analyzers Provide Fast, Easy Screening for Lead in Toys and Consumer Goods

BILLERICA, MA, (PresseBox) - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, has received a 2008 Product of the Year Award in the Safety Products category from Creative Child Magazine for the handheld Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t 700 Series analyzer. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world s leading manufacturer of handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers.

This award is noteworthy in that submissions are evaluated by a panel of more than 50 mothers and educators. Recent news about recalls of consumer goods, and toys in particular, has many consumers, manufacturers, legislators, and industry stakeholders calling for a comprehensive solution. Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers provide quick and easy screening of toys and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals. Importers, brand owners and retailers can implement a standardized inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing. These proven and accepted tools are now increasingly being used with consumer goods throughout the supply chain.

We are delighted to have received this recognition from the very people who need assurance that the toys they buy are safe for our children to use, said Jon Shein, Thermo Fisher s director of global marketing for the Niton Analyzers business unit. We want to reach out to as many stakeholders as possible and let them know that proven technologies exist today to prevent contaminated toys and other child-accessible products from reaching children.

About Niton Analyzers

The Thermo Scientific Niton XL3 Series, the third generation of handheld Niton XRF analyzers, provides a fast, reliable, and nondestructive means of screening toys, jewelry and electronic components for restricted substances such as lead and cadmium. Using the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique, the instruments are equipped with a VIP 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 XL3 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, new TestAll 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 lead containing 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 XL3 portable XRF analyzer provides quantitative analysis of lead and other toxic metals in seconds up to 4 times faster than Thermo Fisher s previous generation Niton instruments.

Plastic toys, painted parts, plastic and metal jewelry, crystal and gemstone settings, soldered chain links and ceramics can be quickly screened for the presence of lead.

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