ElvaX Nano: challenges that lead to unique developments and discoveries
Recently we were contacted by one of our European dealers with a seemingly simple request – customer needs an XRF spectrometer to determine traces of copper on the surface of stainless steel. No problem, we replied, any of our analyzers would easily solve this problem! But there were “small” specifications: the spectrometer must have the dimensions no more than 10х10х10 cm, weigh no more than 1 kg, work inside a closed container of stainless steel under the control of a computer located at the distance of 20 m from the spectrometer.
The team of engineers brainstormed and came to the conclusion that we could develop a device that met the customer’s specifications using our expertise in building the smallest and lightest XRF analyzer, the ProSpector 3. We asked for 4 months for the development, but it turned out that the system had to be put into operation at the customer’s site no later than in 2 months! The task seemed impossible… But Elvatech is not a company that gives up when confronted with a tough challenge! After another assessment of our capabilities, we decided to undertake this project.
As a result, in a month and a half after the start of the project we held in our hands a new miracle in the field of X-ray fluorescence analysis – a spectrometer equipped with a 40 kV X-ray tube and SDD detector with dimensions of 98x85x75 mm and weighing 750 g! Thanks to its size the device was called ElvaX Nano. The spectrometer works under the control of the laboratory software ElvaX (TM) and is connected to the computer with a cable up to 200 m long!