Designed for metal alloy analysis, the Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t series with geometrically optimized large-area drift detector (GOLDD) technology is said to bring lab-quality performance to a handheld XRF analyzer. It can also instantly regain lost traceability on materials. GOLDD technology delivers improvements in light element detection, overall sensitivity and measurement times, the company says.
The GOLDD technology is a combination of the Niton XL3t’s 50-kV, 2-watt x-ray tube, closely optimized geometry, signal-processing hardware and software and the company’s large-area drift detector. The technology is said to provide faster analysis, lower detection limits and high analytical precision. Further, this it allows analysis of light elements such as magnesium, aluminum, silicon, phosphorus and sulfur 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.