FABTECH 2019, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing, was held on November 11-14 in Chicago, Illinois. The event achieved record attendance, with a total of 48,278 attendees from 95 countries over the course of four days.
During FABTECH, Light Metal Age spoke with James Terrell from Thermo Fisher Scientific about the company and its Niton™ XL5 handheld XRF light metals analyzer, which can enable manufacturers to verify light metals and their alloys onsite at manufacturing facilities.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is a world leading science provider, which aims to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. The company has developed a range of process, testing, and analytical solutions for a variety of manufacturing industries, including aluminum and other metals. This includes non-contact thickness measurement and coating weight gauges and handheld material analyzers.
The XL5 handheld analyzer provides fast, reliable analysis, enabling operators the ability to scan a broad range of materials using one versatile analyzer. The device is able to perform a variety of functions, including: verification of aluminum and its alloys, non-destructive field inspections for positive material identification, point-and-shoot sorting at scrap recycling operations, and coating thickness measurements for single or binary metal layers.