Screening Children's Products and Electronics for Lead and Other Toxins with Thermo Scientific Niton XRF Analyzers

Screening toys, consumer products, and packaging for hazardous materials has moved well beyond government agencies. Manufacturers, importers, and retailers all must comply with regulations that limit permissible levels of lead and other toxic materials, in products ranging from toys and jewelry to clothing, furniture, and packaging.

The further back in the supply chain that screening and testing occur, the easier it is to prevent toxic substances from entering the hands of a child or ending up on store shelves. The challenge is balancing compliance, cost efficiency, and productivity. Screening with handheld Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers can help you achieve this balance, something you can’t do when relying only on third-party laboratories.

Choose the Same Analyzer the Regulators Use

Test screen toys, jewelry, clothing, furniture, and more – just point and shoot for nearly instantaneous elemental analysis you can trust with confidence.

Thermo Scientific TestAll™ Technology

The unique TestAllTM unique feature allows non-technical users to automatically differentiate the presence of lead on the surface or in the substrate of the tested object.

  • Limited user training required
  • Automatically determine appropriate testing parameters
  • Test almost any sample with assurance

Camera/Small Spot

The Niton® XL3t analyzer's optional camera with small-spot feature lets you capture and store sample data from components and tiny sample areas.

  • Improve accuracy by better positioning very small samples
  • Know exactly what you’re testing
  • Capture a visual record of your test

Delivering Cost-Effective Compliance: European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2002/95/EC)

The need for our XRF analyzers has never been greater, as new initiatives regarding toxic substances are implemented around the world. “Green” manufacturing also means “halogen-free.”

Following RoHS, industry initiatives are now in place to produce halogen-free flame retardant products, ranging from consumer electronics to furniture. Screening for halogens is a simple task for our XRF analyzers.

Isolate areas as small as 3 mm – such as leads or terminations on a printed circuit board

Isolate areas as small as 3 mm – such as leads or terminations on a printed circuit board

IEC 61249-2-21, defines halogen-free as:

  • 900 ppm maximum Cl
  • 900 ppm maximum Br
  • 1,500 ppm maximum total halogens

The Niton XL3 analyzer delivers reliable screening for all halogens in less than 30 seconds, reducing your costs and eliminating production delays.

Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers: Enabling Cost-Effective Compliance, Year After Year

Our handheld XRF analyzers are the cost-effective solution for maintaining compliance for lead and other toxins as regulations become even more stringent over time.

Although lead has been the main focus of the toy recalls and CPSIA, it is only one of eight elements that is regulated in toys designed for children (ASTM F963-08 and EN-71). Additional elements that require monitoring are arsenic (As), selenium (Se), cadmium (Cd), antimony (Sb), barium (Ba), mercury (Hg), and hexavalent chromium (CrVI).

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

For more information on this source, please visit Thermo Scientific Portable Analyzers for Material ID.

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