Tin Whiskers: Testing with a Bruker XRF Gun

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Screening for the presence of Lead (Pb) in Tin Alloys with a handheld XRF gun helps prevent avoidable accidents. The main problems of Lead-free manufacturing for such High Reliability, or “Hi-Rel” industries, include:

  • Dangers posed by the presence of high-purity tin (Sn), which leads to a phenomenon called filamentary corrosion, often referred to as “tin whiskers” or “whiskering.”
  • Insufficient test data associated with Lead-free systems and components.
  • The lack of proper testing equipment.

Tin whisker prevention has never been easier thanks to Bruker Elemental’s XRF handheld analyzers. These lightweight, cutting-edge guns - like the S1 TITAN - provide quick and accurate results, ensuring the integrity of alloys and preventing disastrous, avoidable accidents. Contact Bruker now to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members about our product line and how you can increase the profitability of your business with advanced testing equipment.

Tin whiskers, a naturally occurring phenomenon, result in the spontaneous growth of small, needle-like protrusions. These protrusions then break loose, short-circuiting terminals and system boards and seriously crippling or even destroying complete systems.

Prior to installation, screen every component and part to verify composition with a Bruker handheld XRF analyzer. With a Bruker S1 TITAN, you can prevent the degradation or loss of such reliability-critical systems, saving millions in potential development efforts and lost revenues.

Bruker portable analyzers, like the S1 TITAN, are specifically designed to provide a nondestructive, fast, and reliable means of identifying the potential for tin whiskers - as well as identifying exempt materials - thus “shaving the risk” of system failure. Contact a Bruker expert today to safeguard your investment and ensure product reliability and functioning with a state-of-the-art S1 TITAN!

Also consider these XRF Applications or Metal Analysis and Positive Material Identification: Scrap Metal Identification, Tin Whiskers, Flow Accelerated Corrosion, and Component Analysis.

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