Skyray XRF of Seaford, Del. has introduced a budget-priced compact desktop XRF model with the capability of detecting lead, cadmium and other hazardous substances in finished goods. The EDX-3000 x-ray fluorescence analyzer is priced in the $30,000 range. The product was initially developed for precious metal testing applications, aimed at determining gold purity analysis and various related tests. The company added an HS-Package (collimator and filter package) to provide the sensitivity required to meet the detection limits of various toxic metals regulations. Skyray chose the EDX-3000 for the HS-Package because it is the company’s lowest-cost XRF analyzer and provides an economical option.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.