Thermo Fisher Scientific Will Demonstrate Handheld XRF Analyzers at IMTS 2008

Schwerte, (PresseBox) - NITON® XL3 700 Series XRF Analyzers Quickly, Reliably Screen Consumer Goods for Lead; XL3 800 Series Alloy Analyzers Provide Fast Metal Alloy Verification for Quality Control; XL3 900 Series Measures Light Element Alloy Content BILLERICA, MA (June 18, 2008) Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, will demonstrate its handheld Thermo Scientific NITON XL3 700 Series, XL3 800 Series, and XL3 900 Series XRF analyzers at IMTS 2008, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Booth #D4431. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world s leading manufacturer of handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers.

The Thermo Scientific NITON XL3 800 Series provides the fastest alloy grade identification and laboratory-quality composition analysis of metal alloys ever performed with a handheld XRF analyzer.

Typical time for routine positive grade identification is less than 2 seconds as much as four times faster than our previous generation of award-winning instruments. This significantly increases sample throughput and user productivity. The NITON XL3t 900 Series adds light element capability, directly measuring magnesium, aluminum, silicon, phosphorus and sulfur in metal alloys; previously, this was not possible with a handheld XRF analyzer. Both the XL3t 800 and 900 offer immediate, nondestructive, laboratory-quality chemical analysis of aluminum, titanium and nickel alloys, as well as superalloys, stainless steel and other metals.

The breakthrough XL3 700 Series instruments provide quick and easy screening of toys, jewelry, electronics and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury as well as other toxic metals. The measurement is completed in seconds and is stored within an encrypted data stream for legally defensible results. All stakeholders can implement a standardized inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing. 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. The optional small-spot x-ray feature, also available on the XL3t 800, allows users to isolate and analyze individual areas as small as 3 mm in diameter.

"With today s emphasis on safety, and the potential for material mix-ups or the installation of incorrect or out-of-specification metal alloy parts, XRF analysis has fast become the reliable method of choice for metal fabrication applications", said Jon Shein, Thermo Fisher s director of global marketing for the NITON Analyzers business unit. The benefits of handheld XRF analysis apply equally to the increasingly complex regulatory environment where our instruments give component manufacturers, distributors, OEMs, recyclers and others the fast, accurate, easy-to-use analytical tools they need for compliance with EU and China RoHS, WEEE and other regulations.

"For users, this means our analyzers can provide fast verification of incoming materials, and since the XRF analysis is nondestructive, it can be used to perform final QC and to document the material composition of finished product. These instruments can be used to recover lost material traceability as well, allowing the materials to be used and converted to profit rather than being scrapped. What s more, an effective screening program using XRF analysis can greatly reduce the chance that lead-containing materials will enter the manufacturing process, or accidentally end up on store shelves."

About NITON Analyzers

The Thermo Scientific NITON XL3 Series incorporates 80 MHz real-time digital signal processing and dual state-of-the-art embedded processors for computation, data storage, communication and other functions. The x-ray tube-excited XL3t 800 features a 50 kV, 2-watt miniaturized x-ray tube with multiple multi-layer primary filters the most powerful x-ray tube ever placed in a commercially available handheld XRF analyzer to provide optimized excitation for elements ranging from chlorine through the transuranic elements. The XL3t can also be equipped with small-spot sample analysis, allowing users to switch between full area analysis for large samples and a 3mm small-spot to analyze small sample areas. The NITON XL3 Series offers the only fully-integrated and environmentally-sealed VIP tilting color touchscreen display for easy viewing of sample results in any position and under all lighting conditions. In addition, all NITON analyzers use third-generation lithium-ion batteries providing the longest usage cycle of any portable XRF analyzer.

The NITON XL3 Series comes with the NITON Data Transfer (NDT) Software, a suite of data management utilities that allows users to produce certificates and reports, monitor or operate the instrument remotely from a PC or PDA. The NDT file format preserves and protects the data from each sample analysis, ensuring that this data is not unintentionally or intentionally compromised. The NDT software suite helps users document test results and ensures the quality and integrity of the data produced by the NITON XL3 Series analyzer.

For more information in advance of IMTS 2008, or to schedule an on-site demonstration, contact your local NITON Analyzers representative or contact the Thermo Scientific NITON Analyzers business unit directly at (800) 875-1578 (toll-free US), +1 978 670-7460, by e-mail at or by visiting our website at

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With annual revenues of $10 billion, we have more than 30,000 employees and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike. Visit

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