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Innov-X SMTA Exhibits to Focus on Lead Free & RoHS Compliance

04-16-2007 12:37 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Innov-X Systems

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Innov-X handheld XRF analyzers are simple yet effective screening devices that can be taken virtually anywhere.

Innov-X handheld XRF analyzers are simple yet effective screening devices that can be taken virtually anywhere.

Woburn, MA---Visitors to Innov-X’s Booth at the SMTA’s Toronto Exhibition & Conference on Soldering and Reliability † and 11th Annual Atlanta EXPO † will learn how using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) can screen components, parts and PCB’s for compliance with the European Union’s RoHS* Directives. Recent studies indicate that up to 50% of supplier Certifications stating products are RoHS compliant, yet fail to pass testing. Portable XRF in many cases provides a simple, fast, non-destructive screening method to confirm suppliers’ certifications and mitigate your risk. Innov-X offers the most complete range of benchtop to handheld XRF instruments.

Innov-X handheld XRF analyzers are simple yet effective screening devices that can be taken virtually anywhere. They have the ability to alert users to banned metals, using pass or fail criteria. They will document total Cr, Br, Pb, Hg, and Cd. In just seconds, prohibited materials may be identified and quantified.

For analyzing complex components, a new Innov-X small spot XRF handheld analyzer isolates test areas by placing a test spot down to 3 mm diameter and displaying the image and sample target on the color PDA screen in real-time. It is ideal for evaluating nonhomogeneous parts such as PCB’s where the beam can be focused on a small component, solder joint, lead or terminal. You can switch from collimated pinpoint to full-field analysis with the touch of a button. Snapshot images of samples analyzed plus laser-targeted small-spot analysis are saved as part of your test records. The analyzer can measure up to 25 elements in a single test with pinpoint precision

Innov-X patent pending RoHS Engine method and RoHS-Star™ software makes screening and quantitative analysis fast, reliable, and easy to use. They automatically determine if a sample is homogenous or non-homogenous, polymer or alloy, and optimizes the analyzer for best precision and detection limits. No user input is required – thus virtually eliminating the possibility of user errors.

Simple Path to Compliance via Rental Program—
Innov-X is helping manufacturers and component suppliers achieve RoHS Compliance. “We have cut pricing virtually to our cost as a means of helping the U.S. manufacturers become compliant. This is our way to help the electronic component suppliers, OEM’s, and contract manufacturers mitigate the impact of RoHS. It is a complex directive and we are helping suppliers and manufacturers reduce the impact on their operations. Our new XRF rental program and RoHS-Star™ software demonstrates our commitment to supporting this vital industry.” notes Don Sackett, President of Innov-X.

RoHS Impact—
Sackett further observes: “Many companies have not yet reported the financial impact of RoHS. Manufacturers, particularly those that are attempting to address compliance for the first time, tend to underestimate the true costs of noncompliance. The withdrawal of some Apple and Palm non-compliant products from EU markets** are examples of effects on the bottom line. Furthermore, as responsibilities of management, RoHS’ impact can fall under the reporting provisions of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Law.”

RoHS Screening Approach—European Union regulations for RoHS compliance can pose a challenge to most companies. Many observers of EU directives believe they will focus on “due diligence”, and this may be a key to mitigating impact or penalties. “Due Diligence” is defined as a combination of obtaining and checking supplier certifications, and verifying certifications via a testing program. Using the Innov-X Alpha Series™ XRF analyzer in a screening test program, prohibited materials can be identified in just seconds.

More information can be accessed at the RoHS Interactive Media Center at:

Product photos may be downloaded at:
† SMTA Toronto Exhibition & International Conference on Soldering and Reliability,
April 18-19, 2007, Park Plaza Hotel, 33 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6H5 Canada

†† Gwinnett Civic Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097
April 19, 2007, Show Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm

*RoHS= An EU Legal Directive for environmental regulations concerning the Restriction of use of Hazardous Substances. The Directive requires the removal of six hazardous substances from electrical and electronic equipment. Six Substances: Pb, Hg, Cd, Cr+6 ,Br-compound: PBB - Polylybrominated Biphenyl; Br-compound: PBDE –polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers.

**“RoHS—The Data Collection Problem” AMR Research, December 19, 2006,
Eric Karofsky (

Innov-X Systems is a vital new force in the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) industry. Their systems perform fast, accurate chemical analysis in seconds to identify, differentiate and quantify most materials by elemental composition. Founded in 2001, they pioneered handheld XRF instrumentation using a miniature x-ray tube rather than radioactive isotopes. Innov-X has rapidly expanded into many other XRF areas. These include the new SEA-Mate™ System for marine on-board fluids analysis; MobiLab X50, a portable XRF that in comparison to handheld units, delivers higher power and superior performance throughout the periodic table. Innov-X has also taken a leading position in custom XRF and online/automated XRF instrumentation.

With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Innov-X has offices in Europe (the Netherlands), and Asia (Hong Kong). They maintain sales and service alliances in Canada, the Middle East, Latin America and worldwide. Service, installation and training is available in over 100 countries.

More company information is available at
Product photos may be downloaded at:

Suzanne Moller, Sales Manager- North America

Advertising/Media Contact:
Carrie-Ann Doucette, Marketing Specialist Adv & Media

Public Relations Contact:
Jim Martin

Innov-X Systems, Inc.
100 Sylvan Road, Suite 100
Woburn, MA 01801
Toll Free: 866.4.Innov-X or 781.938.5005

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