Steve Norris of Plasma Technology will team with Pam Nafsinger of Thermo Scientific Portable Analytic Instruments to present “Basics and Demos of XRF Technology” at the June 13 meeting of the Surface Finishers Educational Association (SFEA). 

Finishers find handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) an invaluable tool for incoming inspection and quality control. It is a powerful nondestructive technique for elemental analysis of metals and powder or liquid coatings. XRF is also useful for determining coating thickness.

The program will include real-time demonstrations during which attendees can ask questions. The meeting, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. PST, is free, but registration is required.

The presentation will cover:

  • How handheld XRF works
  • Analytical capabilities
  • Benefits of handheld XRF
  • Review of various applications with a focus on
  • General Metals identification and chemical analysis
  • Coating applications
  • Live demo of XL5 Plus for coatings

Norris will discuss how he uses his HHXRF and provide a live demonstration of metals analysis with the XL2 980 Plus.

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The Surface Finishers Educational Association serves all surface finishers working in electronics, circuit boards, automotive components and accessories, aerospace, hardware, household fixtures, and other manufactured goods.

The SFEA says it is dedicated to promoting the industry through education and our organization's diverse exchange of ideas.