Archive for February, 2010

Read All About It: New Design for Gold Tester

XRF Analyzer NewsIn our News section we have added an article covering the various changes to our gold testing system.  The QSX-79T is an x-ray fluorescence unit that performs best for gold content of a sample because of its detection system.  It has performed very well to this point we wanted to redesign it so that it was more compact (takes up less bench space) and so that is had the newest version of software.

We are very excited about the software addition as this package sets the QSX-79T apart from otherXRF Analyzers that are low-cost gold testing options.  The system is a great value – providing accurate gold content information quickly and easily.

Read all about the updates at the News Page (link here) and visit the following two links for more information on the system:
- QSX-79T Gold Tester Instrument Page
- Software Package Overview Page (from QSX-295T)

Stores Pulling Jewelry Due to Cadmium Content

It seems like every other Quickshot XRF-Blog entry lately has either been about Chinese Drywall (handheld systems can identify strontium content and, therefore, defective drywall) or Cadmium levels of jewelry. 
These topics are important, though, so we try to pass along proper updates when we can.

The latest update is on the Cadmium concerns.  While I see daily reports, articles, blog entries, etc on the topic the latest one is from CBS News.  The article notes that a California environmental group has been testing jewelry and finding extreme levels of Cadmium.  The big difference is that while other testing has been on cheap childrens jewelry, this one focused on adult jewelry; items you might not think would contain lead or cadmium.

While their is not currently an law regarding Cadmium levels in jewelry the environmental group is seeking a ban on Cadmium and proposing a lawsuit related to the toxic metal.

jewelry-cadmiumWal-Mart recently pulled product from its shelves after learning of high Cadmium levels and because of the environmental groups testing another major chain pulled product from all of its stores.  Recalls are costly for retailers; they could just test before product hits shelves.

Cadmium awareness is certainly growing.  It will continue to affect retailers, distributors and importers – but hopefully not consumers.  In-house testing of product is simple, fast and relatively inexpensive with Handheld XRF Analyzers from QSX Instruments.

Keep checking back for additional updates, post your thoughts on Cadmium testing or x-ray fluorescence and contact Quickshot XRF anytime.