Coating Thickness Measurement
October 2002
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The new Fischerscope® X-Ray XUL is said to provide fast and accurate non-contact coating thickness measurement, while virtually eliminating the need for calibration standards. The system is suitable for measuring the thickness of all electroplated coatings, as well as the thickness and composition of alloy coatings. The device is said to be an entirely new design that incorporates proven inverted optics; both the X-ray tube and detector system are located beneath the measuring stage. This bottom-up measurement design is similar to the company's X-Ray 1000 series instruments. The company says it is the only manufacturer of X-Ray fluorescence coating thickness measuring instruments to incorporate this practical design, which offers significant advantages, especially for measuring small components with varying geometry such as screws, nuts, bolts, and various types of electrical contacts. Two models are available: the XUL with a fixed collimator and the XULM with micro focus tube and four motor-set collimators. The core of spectra analysis and measurement processing for the XUL is the WinFTM® PC-based software. WinFTM reportedly enables the measurement of very complex coating systems without calibration standards and with predicted measurement accuracy.

Fischer Technology, Inc.

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