Thermo Fisher Scientific: Helping Gold Buyers Quickly Identify Gold-Plated Items

Published on May 17, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today introduced Thermo Scientific Au/gold Detection & Identification Technology (AuDIT), a patent-pending software feature that can help gold buyers meet the challenge of identifying gold-plated items. Thermo Fisher is a pioneer in portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology.

AuDIT Technology
AuDIT is a proprietary plating detection technology developed for, and only available on, Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers, including the Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 precious metal analyzer. Several independent, complementary methods in the software work in tandem to alert users to the probability that an item is plated. The primary, patent-pending technology based on elemental XRF signatures works regardless of the gold concentration of the plated surface layer. This technology works for vermeil (gold-plated silver), as well as gold-plated copper, steel, tungsten and any other non-gold substrate.
"For buyers of scrap gold jewelry, gold-plated pieces present significant challenges and can adversely affect the profitability of their business. Now, with our proprietary AuDIT software feature, there's an easy, efficient way for gold-buying operations to detect gold plating with a simple push of a button or pull of a trigger," said Jeff Walker, vertical director of recycling & metals production for Thermo Scientific Portable Analytical Instruments.

Niton XL2 Precious Metal Analyzer
Combining ease-of-use with superior accuracy, the handheld Niton XL2 precious metal analyzer provides a rapid, single-step process for on-the-spot sorting and valuation of all precious metals, as well as quantification of other desirable and undesirable elements. Further, the test is nondestructive, so no material is lost or damaged in the testing process. Offered in a value package, the instrument comes standard with a mobile test stand, battery and battery charger, software, PC connection cables and locking carrying case.
Additionally, these analyzers provide integrated storage of all test results in a completely tamperproof data format and also incorporate multiple communication options including Bluetooth* wireless and USB communications.

The Niton XL2 precious metal analyzer comes standard with Thermo Scientific Niton Data Transfer (NDT) software, a suite of data management utilities that allows users to set operator permissions, print certificates of analysis to document results, export data into standard formats (.csv or MS Excel*) or operate the analyzer remotely from a PC. The NDT file format preserves and protects the original data from each sample analysis, ensuring that data is not unintentionally or intentionally compromised.

Thermo Fisher Scientific customers are served through corporate resources and a dedicated network of more than 70 partners and 30 factory-trained service centers around the world. Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers are available in a range of configurations and with an assortment of optional features and accessories to suit a wide variety of analytical needs.
For more information or to schedule an on-site demonstration, contact a local Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers representative or Thermo Fisher Scientific directly at 800-875-1578 (toll-free U.S.), +1 978-670-7460, via email at niton@thermofisher.com or by visiting http://www.thermoscientific.com/niton.

*Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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