New Product Announcement: Benchtop Coating Analyzer


Global materials inspection and analysis company Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science recently unveiled its FT200 Series benchtop XRF analyzers for coatings, the FT210 and FT230.

According to a release from the company, the new line reportedly includes features to help reduce the time needed to set up a measurement and act on data.  

The FT200 Series reportedly comes with what is being called the largest-in-industry sample view, wide view camera, auto-focus and auto approach and a smart recognition feature called Find My Part, which recognizes features to be measured and chooses the correct method for analysis.

Times Tech reports that the FT210 includes a proportional counter detector for routine measurements of common platings, while also utilizing features to enhance high-volume testing needs.  

The FT210 also reportedly includes an updated version of FT Connect software for all FT200 Series models, with usability features for reporting, creating calibrations and data handling.

This FT210 version of FT Connect reportedly builds upon the RoHS screening capabilities of the FT230. FT Connect V1.2 software is also reportedly usable with both new and existing instruments.

Additionally, the FT connect software updates reportedly show that the FT230 can be used to check more materials for conformity to hazardous substance directives. The RoHS screening capabilities are reportedly included in the FT Connect’s interface to help ensure that analysis is simple.

Features of the FT200 series reportedly include:

  • Automated focusing to reduce sample loading time;
  • Sample view presented over a large part of the screen for visibility;
  • Self-checking diagnostics to confirm the stability of the instrument;
  • Integration with other software and  the ability to export data;
  • A new user interface;
  • The ability to measure up to four layers at once plus the substrate;
  • Durability in a production or lab environment;
  • Adherence to ASTM B568 and DIN ISO 3497; and
  • Help with meeting specifications for ENIG (IPC-4552B), ENEPIG (IPC-4556), immersion Sn (IPC-4554) and immersion Ag (IPC-4553A). 

“The FT210 offers our customers the ability to choose the best detector for their coating applications. Thanks to the introduction of the new software features, we’ve continued to innovate on how operators interact with an XRF coatings analyzer to increase testing volumes by simplifying setup and reducing the potential for mistakes,” said Matt Kreiner Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science’s Coatings Analysis Product Manager.

“By using either the FT210 or the FT230, XRF owners can gain up to 45 minutes of operator time back per day to focus on value-added tasks or to increase testing volumes.”

Hitachi adds that the FT210 is designed to measure coated parts throughout production, from incoming inspection, process control through final quality control.


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