Sort your aluminum alloys in 2 seconds — including those with as little as 0.25% Mg.
The great performance you've come to expect on high temps, stainless, red metals, specialty alloys and turnings.
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There are many Al alloys that only differ by small amounts of Mg or Si. For example, 6063 and 1100; 356 and 357; 3003 and 3005; 5005 and 6022. Mg and Si measurements must be accurate to sort these grades. Measurements must also be FAST, as in 1-2 seconds. No recycler we’ve ever met wants to wait 20 seconds or more for a result.
The result: A huge variety of aluminum alloys can now be precisely sorted by X-ray, because the X-550 measures Mg as low as 0.25% and Si to 0.10% in 2 seconds. This includes the most difficult groups of aluminum alloys noted above such as 3003/3004/3005, 2014/2024, 356 and 357 or 6022 and 5005. These alloys differ by small amounts of Mg or Si and until now could not be reliably sorted by X-ray gun technology.
And you still maintain the performance advantage of X-ray on other alloying metals like Cr, Cu, Zr, Zn, Mn — the strength of X-ray. For example Mn precision is essential to sort within the 3000 series like 3105, 3005 and other similar alloys. The same holds for small differences Cu, Cr and Zr that often differentiates 6000 and 7000 grades. The X-550 delivers high performance on both Mg and Si, as well as transition and heavy metals, so you can permanently end downgrades and mixups.
Got 1100 and 6063 mix-ups?
One of the most common mix-ups we see from recyclers using older X-ray technology are 1100 and 6063. 1100 has 0.05-0.2% Cu, and no Mg. Alloy 6063 has 0-0.1% Cu and 0.45-0.9% Mg. Measuring the Mg in 6063 requires 30 – 60 sec. in most other X-ray guns. Other X-ray guns take an ill-advised shortcut. They are programmed to identify the alloy as 1100 if any copper is detected. However, with so many aluminum alloys being made from recycled scrap rather than virgin ore, the copper content in 6063 has slowly crept up to the 0.1% level. Thus most X-ray guns measure the Cu and call the aluminum alloy 1100 in a few seconds. No user wants to take the 30 seconds or more that’s required by other X-ray guns to see if the Mg is present, thus making the material a 6063 not an 1100. This is one of the most common mix-ups we see day to day. The X-550 measures the Mg in 6063 in 1 second, eliminating this common mix-up forever!
Our X-ray tube technology runs at 3x the intensity of the tubes in other X-ray units when measuring aluminum or magnesium alloys. We’ve also optimized the tube/detector geometry especially for these alloys. As a result, SciAps X-550 now measures Mg and Si up to 10 times faster than any other X-ray gun, with better precision.
The X-550 was also optimized for low residual applications, initially based on stricter limits imposed the oil/gas industry for Cr, Ni, Cu, Nb, V, Sn and other elements in steels. The X-550 will measure very low levels of contaminant residual metals in steels, stainless, copper and nickel alloys. Some examples currently in field operation include, but are not limited to: low Cr, Ni, Cu, V, Nb, S, P in steels; low Sn, Pb in stainless; and low Pb and Bi in nickel alloys.
The X-505 delivers practically all the performance and ruggedness of the X-550, at a lower price point. The difference is that it uses a more standard X-ray tube, rather than the high current version in the X-550. That means it still measures the transition and heavy metals (titanium through bismuth) as fast and precisely as the X-550. But on the low atomic elements Mg, Al, Si, P and S, the X-505 takes slightly longer to meet the same precision and limits of detection. For users who don’t require 1-2 second tests on aluminum alloys or ultralow P and S, the X-505 delivers excellent performance in the world’s smallest, lightest XRF.
Below are several specific examples to illustrate the performance difference between the premium X-550 and workhorse X-505 models. The essential point: if you can tolerate the longer testing times for Mg, Al, Si, P and S, then the X-505 is a perfectly good choice. The only performance difference between the X-550 and the X-505 is the analysis time for the 5 elements Mg, Al, Si, P and S.
You want the accuracy and throughput of the X-550 and X-505 models, but in a lower priced family of analyzers? Then consider the totally re-engineered X-200, X-250 and X-50 models. All offer great performance and great value. Now redesigned with improved heat dissipation, reduced weight, new user-interface. Operate continuously at 110 F (43 C) ambient.
X-200 The low priced version of the X-505. Like the X-250 it’s fast on all alloys, but requires a few more seconds than the X-250 on complex aluminum alloys. For example, it requires 3-4 seconds to measure 0.5% Mg in a 6063, compared to 1-2 sec. for the X-250.
X-50 Our most economical model, the perfect choice for basic sorting of stainless, high temps and red metals. It does not measure Mg, Al, Si, P or S. For aluminums, sort by 2000, 3003-type, 7050, 7075, 7000-type and MLCs.
Both the Z-902 and Z-50 will sort all your alloys. The Z-902 will sort more alloys, more precisely, because the argon purge provides 10x better precision than air-burn.
Some alloys that differ by small amounts of Mg, which is hard to measure with X-ray. For example, sorting 3003, 3004 and 3005 quickly, or 356 and 357. These are a few of many examples.
Good news! The Z has no detectors or tubes to break. Poke away at the aperture, you can’t damage the quartz blast shield. In fact, except for the laser diode array, the most expensive components to repair on the Z range from $100-$500. The diode array costs $1,200 but they’re virtually impossible to break.