Using XRF for measuring platings and coatings

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XRF is an excellent technique for checking coating thickness and composition. It’s fast, accurate, completely non-destructive and – depending on your XRF instrument – can measure several layers at once. It’s no surprise that XRF analyzers are the workhorse of many plating shops.

However, behind the user-friendly interface, XRF is an advanced analytical technique where mis-calibration or an incorrectly positioned component could give you the wrong results. And when specifications are tight, slightly off measurements can lead to shipping out of spec parts or rejecting perfectly good ones. The good news is that with a little background knowledge you can improve your XRF results enormously. To help with this, we’ve written an extensive guide, ‘Understanding your XRF: A Guide for Plating Shops’ that demystifies XRF, outlines best practice and even gives you practical examples to speed up your testing.

Understanding your XRF: A Guide for Plating Shops includes:

  • How the technology within your XRF analyzer affects results
  • How to make sure your XRF is giving you correct readings – and what to do if it isn’t
  • How to avoid common errors in your analysis
  • Productivity: how to do more testing in time you have, without compromising accuracy or precision

The guide also includes an overview of Hitachi instruments designed for plating thickness and composition measurements and what to expect from our post-installation support service.

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