Intertek Guangzhou Textile and Footwear Chemical Laboratory Offers the Latest HDXRF Analyzer to Test Toxic Elements

XRF analysis has been used in the testing industry for years. Compared with traditional chemical analysis, XRF testing is simple and fast with no need for sample treatment, thus it has been vol94-guangzhou-labembraced by the regulators and the market. In light of the European standard IEC 62321-2008, the U.S. standard ASTM F2617-2008 and other regulations that explicitly stipulate that XRF can be used to test cadmium (Cd) and / or lead (Pb) in plastic substrates, XRF analyzers are being widely adopted. The  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) has set more stringent requirements on product safety by reducing the limit of lead concentration in surface coatings from 600 parts per million (ppm) (mg/kg) to 90 ppm in August 2009, and will also reduce the limit of lead concentration in substrates to 100 ppm in August 2011. These new requirements mean that conventional XRF analyzers face new challenges.

With total customer focus, Intertek helps its customers to sharpen their competitive edge through advanced services and innovative solutions. Recently, Intertek’s Guangzhou textile and footwear chemical laboratory added the HD XRF analyzer to provide toxic elements testing services and better service to our customers according to the new standard and requirements. The new method helps customers to improve their working efficiency, reduce the number of test samples and save testing costs and reduce turnaround times, so that they can maintain regulation compliance in a timely manner and speed up their entry into the international market.

HD XRF uses the High Definition X-Ray Fluorescence technique. Compared with conventional XRF, it can directly test the coating of a sample with higher resolution and separate the neighboring elements with lower detection limits. It can detect the concentrations of lead, cadmium and other toxic elements in the base materials and coating. The measurements are non-destructive and can leave the tested samples in their original state. At the same time, it can analyze minute areas and irregular shapes. The analyzing process is fast and simplified by saving the time of pre-treatment.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently stipulated for the first time that the HD XRF technique – that is testing as per the standard ASTM F2853-2010 method – can be used for testing surface coatings, which further clarifies and strengthens the superiority of HD XRF compared to conventional XRF testing.

For enquiries, please contact us:

Ms. May Huang
Tel: +86 20 2820 9359
Fax: +86 20 8208 9909
Email: may.huang@intertek.com

Ms. Jessie Zhao
Tel: +86 20 2820 9318
Email: jessie.zhao@intertek.com

Ms. Jimmie Lee
Tel: + 86 20 2820 9263
Email: jimmie.lee@intertek.com