New alloy analysers have now replaced older style metascopes. The modern instruments use X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) therefore eliminating problems associated with isotopes, and burning on the surface of the part. These instruments cover a wide range of elemental analysis, plus new elements can be added and reports printed off.
Having portable equipment for positive material identification purposes means work can be performed both on or off-site, and, due to its versatility, large fabrications through small fasteners and fittings can be tested.
This equipment can be used for stock material identification, production verification on welded fabrications and for metal sorting.
The latest instruments also record light elements (LE) and are as accurate as a laboratory analysis.
Inspection reports can be issued listing many elements and identify the material or product under test.