L Series XRF Measurement Systems

Jan. 10, 2018
Bowman's L Series is used for measuring thickness of larger parts for finishing metals.

Bowman has introduced its large component "L Series" XRF for parts measuring up to 22 X 24" X 13 in.


The Bowman L Series desktop instrument was engineered for OEMs and contract shops who need precise control over the thickness of plated deposits, preventing the quality issues that result from under-plating, and the cost consequences of over-plating. The Bowman L Series XRF quickly and precisely determines the thickness of coatings within a broad range: from aluminum through uranium (13 through 92 on the periodic table.) The instrument measures up to five coating layers simultaneously, any or all of which can be alloys.


Key Features of L Series units include Bowman's proprietary micro spot focus x-ray tube, and temperature-stabilized silicon PIN diode detector.  The detector has well-defined element peaks, eliminating the need for secondary filters. Minimal peak position drift assures highest stability over time and extends the interval between recalibrations.


Unique to Bowman XRF instruments is the intimate proximity of the X-ray tube and detector, a feature of system architecture that produces more than three times the photon counts of conventional XRF equipment - and in a shorter measurement time.


The standard L Series configuration includes a 4-position multiple collimator assembly; collimator sizes and focal distances can be tailored to the application. A micro-focus video camera, synchronized with the x-ray optics, pinpoints the target; recessed areas and unusual part geometries are easily accommodated.


Like all Bowman XRF measurement systems, the L Series runs advanced, Xralizer software to precisely quantify coating thickness from the detected photons.  Xralizer software combines intuitive visual controls with time-saving shortcuts, extensive data searchability, and "one-click" reporting that is unique in the industry.  The software also simplifies the creation of new applications, and custom reporting formats.


The L Series is the 6th unit in Bowman's XRF instrument portfolio - and the most versatile.  It has the largest part capacity in the series, and the largest part capacity of any commercial XRF measurement device.  In addition to testing large parts, it is ideally suited for fixtured components, and for applications involving multi-point measurement.