There are over 3500 different types of steel and each individual type must conform to an exact material specification to ensure the finished product performs as expected. And, as you may know if you operate a steel mill, getting that specification absolutely right involves analysis at many stages of the process, from raw material to final product check – with several measurements made during each cycle to ensure impurities are sufficiently removed.
As a steel maker you have several different analysis technologies to choose from. Which one you choose depends on what materials you need to test for, how low the detection limits need to be and the practicality of taking measurements in a busy production environment. We’ll briefly walk through the process from raw material analysis to final QC and discuss which analyzer type is best at each stage and why.
Gavin Soon is Deputy General Manager, APAC OES Distribution at Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, based in Singapore. Gavin has over 20 years of experience in analytical instrumentation with solid technical expertise and understanding of spectroscopy applications, markets, and customer needs.