Analysis equipment will likely require updating in the next 12 months to meet external regulations and internal quality policies. So which equipment should you invest in to ensure reliable measurement testing for several years?
It is impossible to predict the future, but it is possible to examine wider trends that drive requirements for new regulations and stringent in-house testing procedures.
More Complex Supply Chains with Raw Materials Changing Hands Many Times
Companies are beginning to adopt a 100% PMI strategy through fear of using the wrong material with difficulties in determining the source of materials. Portable equipment with rapid testing times is required to cope with this level of testing. Furthermore, software should allow for upgrades in anticipation of future advances in alloy types.
Tighter Control of Substances that Could be Harmful
Many substances are harmful to the environment or humans, but research into the effects of these on food chains and water supplies is still ongoing. In all likelihood, the acceptable limits of hazardous substances will get lower.
From January 2020, a global 0.5% sulfur cap will be applied to marine fuel under the IMO2020 regulation. Fuel may need to be tested for sulfur content for ship owners and port authorities to comply.
To trace elements at low concentrations, equipment needs to have the lowest possible detection limits.
Further Steps to Protect the Environment
The testing carried out in-house by many are likely to be affected by several other steps that are being taken. One example of this is in the aviation and automotive industries, both of which are seeking lightweight components to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. As a result, there is now a push towards lighter alloys and novel chemistries that can provide increased strength at smaller cross-sections.
Analyzers must be capable and accurate to correctly identify the composition of complex alloys. Highly accurate instruments capable of detecting a wide range of elements are available to help in keeping up with new material innovation.
Data Will Become More Important
A robust data management system is required to cope with the increasing amount of readings being taken and to ensure regulations are complied with.
Recording the exact location via GPS is also essential if field measurements are taken for soil analysis, or permanent structures such as pipelines. Full integration of the analyzer into a cloud-based data management system will facilitate easy access to stored records and will in turn help at audit time.
Future-Proof Your Business with Hitachi’s High-Tech’s Range of Handheld and Mobile Analysers
Hitachi’s range of handheld, mobile and benchtop analysers (Vulcan, X-MET8000, MASTER and Coatings) are designed to withstand future advances.
With the lowest possible detection limits and a robust casing, these highly accurate instruments also enable software and hardware upgrades to ensure that they stay up to date.
Integration with our ExTOPE Connect data management system comes as standard with all our range of handheld instruments. This means that results can be stored safely, data can be shared instantly and data can be accessed in real-time from any computer. GPS location coordinates are also included for measurements, meaning that the exact location where each measurement was made can be logged, which is invaluable when working in the field or on-site.
It is important to choose the right type of analyzer for your application to get the most from equipment, both today and in the future. For help making the right decision, talk to our experts.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science.
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