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Consumer Product Testing Using Vanta Handheld XRF

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Testing Consumer Products for Toxic Metals is Essential to Public Safety

Consumer products are manufactured all over the world, and sometimes toys and other consumer products tainted with toxic substances, such as lead, can end up on store shelves. To help ensure public safety and to reduce the risk of non-compliance, companies use X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology to test products for toxic substances.

Our Vanta™ handheld XRF analyzer for consumer applications is optimized to deliver fast, on-the-spot elemental analysis when screening for lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), bromine (Br), mercury (Hg), chromium (Cr), and other toxic metals in consumer products.  Incorporating XRF as part of a reasonable testing program on toys, apparel and footwear, and electronics is important for complying with Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations. Beyond public health and safety concerns, the costs of non-compliance can be a significant burden for any organization. These can include fines, product recalls, and decreased customer confidence. Handheld XRF screening is one of the most effective ways to mitigate the risk of non-compliance.

Vanta analyzers can provide rapid pass/fail responses when testing consumer goods, such as children’s toys, for toxic metals.
 

Handheld XRF offers an outstanding combination of speed, reliability, and versatility for RoHS screening. XRF testing can be done in seconds, enabling producers to make actionable decisions immediately, rather than wait several hours to days for laboratory results. Producers can verify supplier certificates and scrutinize new suppliers to minimize the risk of non-compliance from their supply chains. Vanta analyzers screen for multiple RoHS elements simultaneously in a variety of materials. Since XRF is a nondestructive testing method, it can be performed at any point in the manufacturing process, even on finished goods.

For companies that want to add comprehensive archiving capabilities to their XRF testing program, Vanta analyzers have an optional 5-megapixel panoramic camera, optional Wireless LAN and Bluetooth®, and USB connectivity, so you can easily archive sample images and results. With the ultra-low-noise Axon™ technology built into every analyzer and an intuitive user interface, you can easily set up your analysis to provide reliable pass/fail results of regulated elements.

Applications Scientist, Analytical Instruments

Dillon McDowell is an Applications Scientist at Olympus, specializing in using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and other analytical technologies in alloy, precious metals, and regulatory (RoHS, and consumer product safety) applications. Before joining Olympus, Dillon was a research assistant at Northeastern university’s Nanomagnetism Research Group. Dillon has a BS in physics and MS in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and has been published in the Journal of Material Chemistry C.

március 21, 2017
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