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22.07.2019 XRF analyzer helps enhance mineral testing

Bunting Magnetics Europe, Berkhamsted, UK, has purchased a new X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer which will improve the mineral testing capabilities of the company’s test laboratory which is located at the Redditch premises of its subsidiary Master Magnets. Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, based in Abingdon, UK, supplied the X-MET8000 Expert XRF analyzer and provided training for the technical staff at Master Magnets.

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is the emission of characteristic secondary (or fluorescent) X-rays from a material that has been excited by being bombarded with high-energy X-rays or gamma rays.  The phenomenon is widely used for elemental analysis and chemical analysis, particularly in the investigation of minerals, metals, glass, ceramics, and building materials.

The hand-held X-MET8000 enables rapid alloy grade identification and accurate chemical analysis of a wide variety of materials (including solid and powder metals, polymers, solutions, ores, and minerals).

Bunting’s X-MET8000 has been customised to provide complete chemical analysis of mineral and soil samples tested in the Master Magnets laboratory facility.  Extra analysis packages allow for the assay of rare earth metals in mineral deposits, which are a major commercial interest to mining houses.

“This latest investment in our test facility means we are able to provide our customers with a more complete service,” explained Adrian Coleman, general manager of Master Magnets. “Many projects are time-critical and our ability to analyse the materials in-house significantly shortens the testing process, whilst enabling our technicians to fine-tune the equipment to maximise the separation performance.”, 


Bunting’s new handheld XRF analyzer in operation.

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