Archive for June, 2010

Cadmium Regulations Passed by Connecticut and Minnesota

In recent months it has been reported that the hazardous substance Cadmium has been taking the place of Lead in the manufacturing of some childrens jewelry.  Both Cadmium and Lead are proven hazardous materials with many negative health affects associated to each, but as manufacturers attempt to avoid regulations on Lead content they turned to unregulated Cadmium.

After the reports surfaced, in an effort to protect consumers, several states introduced legislation to ban jewelry with high levels of the hazardous metal (essentially regulating Cadmium content).  Two states, Connecticut and Minnesota, have recently passed this legislation and will limit the allowable Cadmium levels in a piece of jewelry to 75 ppm (parts-per-million).  These regulations will affect importers, wholesalers and retails – we have already seen major retail chains (most notably Wal-Mart) pull a variety of tainted childrens jewelry from shelves.

While CPSC reviews methods of testing for Cadmium and Lead content in jewelry (and other goods) to protect consumers; many affected businesses have already turned to X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) to screen their goods.  These organizations choose to have in-house screening to confirm third party test results that goods are within the stated guidelines for both toxic metals.

Quickshot XRF will continue to post updates as information becomes available on XRF’s role in testing, screening and compliance – and any regulatory news that may affect you and your business.


(QSX Instruments LLC is providing information only and makes no warranties or representations about specific dates, coverage, or application. Consult with appropriate legal counsel for the specific application of the law to your business and products.)

Quickshot XRF Rental Program – popular for two different reasons

If you are interested in the Handheld XRF Analyzer available from QSX Instruments then you may have reviewed our XRF Rental Plans.  While companies considering x-ray fluorescence as a testing solution may have similar testing needs, they may also have different reasons for considering our rental programs.

Typically, these situations will fall into one of the following two categories and while they are different reasons for renting an XRF analyzer, the Quickshot XRF Rental Plans are excellent solutions for both.

Great for short term needs. 
In the current economy many organizations that need to test for compliance to various hazardous substance regulations (CPSIA, RoHS, etc) are looking to limit their expenses while obtaining accurate in-house results. They typically just have a short term need to test incoming goods or to verify third party test results…regardless; purchasing a unit would not be an economical solution.

By renting a Handheld XRF Analyzer from Quickshot XRF, however, these organizations can obtain the technology they require for accurate testing on a short term basis while not having to make the larger investment to purchase a system. 

Rentals are acting as a technology trial.  Quickshot XRF’s rental program is unique in that we provide the renter an option to credit 100% of their initial rental fee towards the purchase price. We offered this option because many companies that consider XRF technology for RoHS and CPSIA testing do not have experience with x-ray fluorescence and are (understandably) hesitant to make the full investment without seeing a system and using it.

It is important to note that the rental plans are much different than a one-hour sales pitch (demonstrations that others offer) because rentals let a potential end-user review the system and technology at their own pace, in their real work environment and for an extended period of time.  Typically, after a one week rental a company will see the benefits of the technology to their processes and make the investment (with full credit of their rental).

At QSX Instruments, we are working to improve the solutions that we offer and the rental program may be receiving a few tweaks in the near future.  The changes are in response to conversations with several organizations that rented analyzers and we feel will help continue the positive response our rental plans receive.

Do you have a short term testing need?
Would you like to review XRF technology before investing?
Have a suggestion to improve our XRF Rental plans
Contact a Quickshot XRF Sales Associate (here) to discuss your needs.