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Tribogenics Adds High Speed, High Accuracy Aluminum Alloy ID With Industry’s Lowest Cost Hand-held XRF Analyzer

Watson Improves COO by 50 Percent, Cutting Test Times in half versus Higher Cost LIBS Products and Older XRF Devices

LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 3, 2015 – Tribogenics, a leading innovator of portable XRF analyzers for metal alloy identification, announced today that it has added new high speed, high precision aluminum alloy ID to its rapidly growing Watson XRF software library.  In field tests with scrap recycling customers, Watson cuts XRF test times for aluminum alloy identification in half with almost 100 percent accuracy.  Watson is far more affordable than LIBS units, typically priced at $40,000, and is much cheaper than competing hand-held XRF devices, typically priced north of $25,000. This makes the Watson a great new addition for small and mid sized American scrap recyclers since it reduces costs and improves productivity in a market facing constant pricing pressure.

In the $45 billion scrap recycling market, handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers are commonly used to identify and sort a broad range of metal alloys. The price point for these devices hasn’t always been attractive.  In addition, competing XRF devices have traditionally done a poor job of identifying aluminum grade alloys in a timely manner. Watson overcomes these challenges offering fast, high precision aluminum alloy ID.

“Improved light element ID, better software and improved usability have been identified as major pain points for users of hand-held XRF analyzers,” commented Stewart Chalmers, Head of Marketing for Tribogenics.  “Watson overcomes these challenges, offering customers a superior solution in terms of price, speed and accuracy for aluminum grade ID.”

Tribogenics launched the first commercial Watson hand-held XRF devices in the summer.  Most conventional XRF devices use technology originally developed in the 1800s that relies on expensive high voltage transformers, and fragile, costly X-ray tubes to make X-rays.  Working with physicists at UCLA, Tribogenics new technology uses a process similar to static electricity (known as the triboelectric effect) to generate X-rays.  As a result, Tribogenics lowers costs considerably, making it affordable and allowing thousands of new customers from industrial, security, and scientific markets to access XRF technology.  Key to the new technology’s success is the industry’s first replaceable, interchangeable X-ray sources that function much like inkjet cartridges.

About Tribogenics

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., Tribogenics is a leading innovator of X-ray technology for industrial, security and scientific industries.  It’s new Watson XRF hand-held spectrometers remove the risk of error in performing non-destructive, positive material identification (PMI) analysis and testing of metals and alloys for scrap metal recycling, metal fabrication, machining and manufacturing. Leveraging its proprietary X-ray technology, Tribogenics eliminates the need for costly, high voltage transformers by using a process similar to static electricity (known as the triboelectric effect) to generate X-rays. Visit or call 1-855-972-9123.

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