Archive for November, 2009

Chinese Drywall Creates a New Application for Handheld XRF Analyzers

You may have already read an article or watched a report on the negative effects of Chinese drywall.  These new reports show that defective drywall creates a variety of issues, including corrision of metals within the walls and possible health risks.

One method of determining if drywall is defective (problematic) or acceptable is to test for levels of Strontium (Sr); as defective drywall has 2-3 times the levels of Sr present.  A recent study (lead by the CPSC) has proven that x-ray fluorescence is an effective method of determining Sr content.

One article (click here for full article) about the defective drywall problems and research into them notes that an outside laboratory “…found that by using handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF)…they were able to detect markers that could identify Chinese-made drywall at a sheet-by-sheet level.” Those ‘markers’ are detecting Sr in parts-per-million (ppm).

Quickshot XRF is looking into this new application and how our technology can be beneficial in testing drywall.  We will be offering new software packages and rental options to meet the testing need, so check often for details or contact QSX Instruments to discuss.

YouTube videos from Quickshot XRF

Quickshot XRF can now be found on YouTube!  We have added two videos to start, both featuring our popular Handheld XRF system.  One highlights the features and accessories while a second provides an overview of how to use the unit.

The usage video runs a little longer than we hoped (working on a shorter version) but it does detail the Handheld XRF (QSX-HH) system and software as used in hazardous substance detection; focussing on RoHS Compliance.

Quickshot XRF on YouTube; demo's and overviews

Additional videos will be developed in the near future and the current ones can be found throughout our website or at YouTube…
Overview Video here!
Demonstration Video here!

See you soon (or, I guess, you’ll see us)

Lead in Halloween Make-up

Happy Belated Halloween

Because of some computer issues, their has not been much activity on the Quickshot XRF website or blog lately.  However, we’re back up and running and saw this news story about lead in halloween make-up (click here)

The handheld analyzer from Quickshot XRF is a great way for organizations producing these items to do some quality control before shipping.  However, if the manufacturer doesn’t test, Handheld XRF can provide protection to consumers if the importer or reseller tests for lead in products for children

Hopefully next halloween the make-up children (and some adults) put on will not contain harmful materials!