Hitachi High-Tech sets a new pace for veneer and coating analysis with the new FT230
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, a global company within the Hitachi High Tech group, has expanded its range of plating and coatings analysis with the launch of the FT230 breakaway. The new FT230 is designed to allow quality control to keep pace with production by dramatically simplifying and accelerating component and assembly testing. By removing the traditional barriers of XRF analysis, the FT230 speeds up analysis and reduces costly errors to help electronics and component manufacturers, general metal finishers and plastic plating facilities achieve inspection at 100% and meet torque specifications.
Let the XRF make the decisions for you
Every aspect of the FT230 has been designed to reduce the time required to perform an XRF measurement. With traditional XRF instruments, approximately 72% of test time is wasted during setup, meaning operators spend significantly more time preparing for a measurement and manipulating results than the instrument spends analyzing the room. The user experience (UX) of the FT230 is greatly enhanced by an intelligent part recognition feature called Find My Part™ which automatically selects features to be measured, analytical routines and reporting rules so the operator spends less time to use the XRF and more time to work on the results. The built-in, user-built library is easily expanded to handle new parts and routines as your job changes.
The FT230 is the first product running Hitachi’s brand new FT Connect software, offering the best aspects of its established SmartLink and X-ray Station software and adding new features ready to improve usability. FT Connect completely reverses the traditional interface. Whereas with traditional software most of the screen is taken up with controls – many of which are used rarely, if at all, FT Connect focuses the interface on the most important aspects of XRF. Real Estate is dominated by the industry’s largest sample view and clear presentation of results, making it easy to position parts for analysis and viewing results.
Data processing for Industry 4.0
You can instantly get results where you need them with FT Connect’s flexible data processing capabilities. Results are prominently displayed on the main measurement screen so operators can act quickly, and stored on board for later review. Results can be exported as a spreadsheet or full JSON format for integration with SCADA, QMS, MES or ERP systems. Custom reports can also be created for internal or external clients.
Easier instrument maintenance
In addition to a suite of functions to confirm instrument stability (including routine instrument checks and calibration validation tools), on-board diagnostics give users additional health information of the instrument. This data can be shared directly with Hitachi’s technical support team via ExTOPE Connect (Hitachi’s advanced cloud-based data storage and management service that allows you to share data instantly and securely ).
Measure beyond veneers and coatings
The FT230 adds value beyond measuring veneer and coating thickness and composition. Powerful software and high-resolution SDD enable monitoring of parts for compliance with restricted materials legislations such as RoHS and analysis of material composition, including plating bath solutions and metal alloys, useful for validating parts. incoming substrates and confirm chemistry, which is crucial for punch centers handling precious metals.
Get it right the first time
Matt Kreiner, Coatings Analysis Product Manager at Hitachi, said, “The FT230 fundamentally changes the way operators interact with an XRF. For decades the user has had to remember or look up the recipe to measure a production part, make decisions about application (is Ni/Au or Ni/Pd/Au plating), measurement locations, point size, measurement time and ratio rules. Even with systems that could provide some of this information with a barcode or QR code scan, the user would still need to make decisions. And decisions leave room for mistakes that manufacturers can’t afford. With the FT230, the user loads a part into the chamber, runs the Find My Part™ routine, and the instrument takes care of the rest. Everything we’ve put into the FT230 has been designed to shorten and simplify the longest and most complex part of an XRF measurement: setup. This reduces errors, frees operators to perform value-added tasks, and increases test volumes so XRF owners can do more with less.
From simple plating and coatings to sophisticated applications on the smallest features, Hitachi High-Tech’s wide range of analyzers – now including the FT230 – are designed to confidently measure coated parts throughout production. , from incoming inspection, through process control to final quality control.