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Aluminum is a versatile metal found in everyday objects and products such as soda cans, smartphones, cars, and airplanes parts. The industry is facing two challenges, increasing the production to satisfy the demand for lightweight material in the automotive sector, and finding more energy efficient technologies and methods to make the aluminum production and recycling more environmentally friendly.
Iron & Steel
The modern iron and steel manufacturing process, starting from ores and scrap over primary and secondary metallurgy processes to billets, bars, plates, wires and various other finished products, is one of the most complex, continuous processes applied in modern large-scale industries. At the same time, steel manufacturers face economic challenges with a complex and competitive agenda. One key success factor is a complete quality control from the raw materials to the final product in every step of the process.
Non-ferrous metals are widely used for their advantages over ferrous metals such as high tensile strength, lightweight and resistance to corrosion. Bruker supplies complementary analytical solutions to help manufacturers in developing new competitive alloys that require less resources (raw material, water and energy) to be produced, by investigating the alloys properties during the development, production or refinement phases.
Positive Material Identification (PMI)
Positive Material Identification (PMI) is a fast and non-destructive testing (NDT) method for verifying the chemical composition of metals and alloys. PMI can be used to verify that supplied materials conform to the proper standards and specifications. Handheld X-ray fluorescence is the most common PMI method, it is portable, cost-effective and allows PMI to be performed in the field, production floor or in the lab.
Additive Manufacturing (AM), Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) and metal injection molding (MIM) all have one common critical component: metal powders. Typical powders are made through the atomization process of pure metals, such as titanium, aluminum, nickel, copper, or alloys, such as steel, Inconel, and metallic ceramic. Bruker offers the most comprehensive range of instruments for the elemental and compositional analyses of these advanced materials.
Scrap Metal Recycling
Scrap metal recycling involves the recovery, sorting and processing of scrap metal, so that it can be introduced as a raw material in the production of new goods. Handheld XRF is fast and reliable method to sort valuable ferrous and non-ferrous metal scrap. It can also provide full chemical composition of scrap metal and detect unwanted or “tramp" elements in just a few seconds.
Every metal construction is only as strong as its weakest weld. Thorough inspections and reliable testing results can make the difference between success and failure of any welded product of any size. Furthermore, they are necessary to prevent incidents and accidents. Bruker offers solutions for the welding industry enabling thorough incoming, pre-welding, in-welding or post-welding inspections.