High product quality, durability and aesthetics of end products demand high quality and correct raw materials. For Suunto, one of the leading manufacturers of sports watches, diving computers and orienteering compasses, the wrong materials in components can cause issues in product assembly during production. That’s why they turned to Hitachi High-Tech’s X-MET8000 Expert X-ray fluorescence (XRF) handheld analyser when they needed to investigate why during the laser printing process the laser print on the back of watch cases was by way of exception inadequate both in terms of quality and finishing, hence not meeting up to Suunto’s strict quality standards. Now the X-MET is used daily at different phases of the production process to manage quality control.
With the X-MET, Suunto has effectively and efficiently managed the quality of their products right through the production cycle, from raw material quality assurance to limiting variations in material composition during production. As Tuomo Nousiainen, Quality Manager at Suunto Oy, concludes, “We use Hitachi High-Tech’s handheld X-MET8000 Expert when we need answers immediately. It’s a fast way to get trustworthy results without a third-party test laboratory.”