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Portable XRF Screening for Lead in Toys: The Smart Step Beyond Reliance on Vendor Certification

08-28-2007 03:50 PM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: Innov-X Systems

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Innov-X's new Import Gurad XRF Analyzer tests for toxic metals in seconds, anywhere.

Innov-X's new Import Gurad XRF Analyzer tests for toxic metals in seconds, anywhere.

Woburn, MA, August 27, 2007--- The sheer volume of toys and other consumer products entering the United States from outside the country makes extensive materials testing at an outside lab impractical. Portable XRF screening delivers fast, confident verification of vendor certification without expensive analytical laboratory techniques or delays. Innov-X Systems is pleased to present the Innov-X Import Guard™ handheld analyzer which offers a simple non-destructive solution to the problem of checking imported toys and consumer items throughout the production process for heavy metal contamination.

Easily used by non-technical operators, the Import Guard™ checks for many toxic metals simultaneously for results within seconds. As a result, significantly more materials can be tested quickly and cost-effectively. QC and safety personnel can test materials for lead and other hazardous substances on the factory floor, at the loading dock, or on a vehicle.

The Import Guard™ is ideal for testing lead and other toxic metals in accordance with industry standard ASTM F963 . Test results are automatically saved for your records and documentation. Easily add additional elements to the Import Guard™ that you would like to test for and change Pass/Fail criteria to keep up with ever-changing industry standards and government regulations. Completely non-destructive, the Import Guard™ can test right through packaging.

A successful compliance program typically consists of requiring certificates of compliances from suppliers, tracking those certificates and screening incoming products in areas that have historically not been in compliance. The Import Guard™ complements any compliance program for quick screening. A vital first step in compliance-related product testing, the Import Guard™ works for you, from your assembly line to your bottom line.

For more information on the newest Innov-X Systems portable analyzer, visit:

American Society for Testing and Materials; ASTM F963; Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety


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 500
Woburn, MA 01801
Toll Free: 866.4.Innov-X or 781.938.5005

About Innov-X Systems
Innov-X Systems is a vital force in the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) industry. Their systems perform fast, accurate 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. In the area of border security, their client list includes the Department of Energy for Nuclear Non-proliferation inspections, the US Customs Service for testing imported products, and the US Food and Drug Administration for testing food-related products for metals contamination. Other products 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.

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