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Defective Drywall Testing with Handheld XRF Analyzer

02-01-2010 10:03 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Quickshot XRF

In response to a growing need to determine if drywall is defective or acceptable Quickshot XRF announced the release of a new software package for their popular Handheld XRF Analyzer. Based on software for detecting hazardous substances (lead, cadmium, etc); the Handheld XRF’s new software package will detect Strontium (Sr) content in drywall. Strontium levels have been determined as a primary indicator of whether a drywall piece is acceptable or defective. In as little as five seconds the Quickshot XRF Analyzer will provide Strontium content in parts-per-million levels that can be used as a pass/fail approach.

The drywall dilemma began in the late 2000’s when construction companies utilized Chinese drywall to build new homes and apartment buildings through the United States. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received complaints from over thirty states about serious health issues occuring along with complaints of foul odors and noticeable corrosion of metal components within buildings. Upon investigation, the CPSC and various state health departments soon linked the issues to defective drywall.

The first step in fixing the problem was to learn how to accurately identify defective drywall. Research on various test methods showed that x-ray fluorescence (XRF) is an acceptable method of determining Strontium content; which is an indicator of where drywall was sourced. Benefits that Quickshot XRF Analyzers offer are speed of measurement (as fast as five seconds for initial results) and a nondestructive test method.

The recently released line of X-ray fluorescence equipment from Quickshot XRF includes both desktop and handheld systems; with various rental options available. For additional information on Quickshot XRF visit and for updates on Strontium content in drywall or other XRF Applications review the XRF-Blog at The XRF Sales team can be reached at 716-438-8542.

Quickshot XRF Analyzers
628 Magnolia Rd.
Joppa, MD 21085
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