Handheld Metal Analyzer, the Bruker S1 SORTER a Gift to Orthopedic Care

Kennewick, Washington – July 5, 2011 – In a selfless act, Bruker Elemental of Kennewick, WA, has provided Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) of Richland, WA, with a pro bono handheld metal analyzer based on X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology and specifically designed to detect the chemical composition of metal alloys. XRF technology is nondestructive,

Online PR News – 13-July-2011 – – Kennewick, Washington – July 5, 2011 – In a selfless act, Bruker Elemental of Kennewick, WA, has provided Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) of Richland, WA, with a pro bono handheld metal analyzer based on X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology and specifically designed to detect the chemical composition of metal alloys. XRF technology is nondestructive, fast-acting and an efficient way to analyze the purity of stainless steels. A manufacturer of handheld XRF devices, Bruker Elemental has long endorsed SIGN, a humanitarian organization that produces surgical implants. Managing Director of Bruker Elemental’s Handheld division John Landefeld expressed that in the past, Bruker Elemental has provided SIGN with analytical methods. However, the company became increasingly impressed with SIGN’s commitment to aiding impoverished and underprivileged people worldwide. As the humanitarian organization expanded and the need for on-site equipment increased, Bruker Elemental was “happy that we could help them sustain their growth, as they extend their mission into more regions around the world.” The handheld XRF devices will aid SIGN to ensure that their surgical implants contain the appropriate alloys.

As a humanitarian organization, SIGN strives to provide the world’s poor and underprivileged population with modern orthopedic surgical implants that victims could otherwise not afford. Both SIGN volunteers and employees travel to developing countries, where they teach local surgeons innovative and modern-day medical practices, promoting sustainable development. In addition, SIGN works with local surgeons, using a sophisticated orthopedic implant system to treat patients suffering from fractures or trauma-induced injuries, preventing disabilities. SIGN workers developed the implant system, which reaches those in need globally.
Surgical implants are specific and require immediate quality control in manufacturing. Using Handheld XRF alloy analyzers, technicians can identify the Grade ID and chemical composition of a material, ensuring that the proper metal alloy was used. Handheld XRF devices are also used for material inspection, verifying that the intended metal alloy has been received. Such redundancy eliminates rework during multiple stages of surgical implant manufacturing. On average, XRF devices analyze materials for their chemical composition in 10 seconds, making them choice, on-site tools.

SIGN orders various medical-grade stainless steels, such as 400 series SS and 17-4 SS, each applicable to a specific use. SIGN protocol requires QA material certification, and the non-profit organization has found that handheld XRF devices work quickly to detect product deficiencies. XRF devices ensure that SIGN has indeed received the ordered material. The devices also safely analyze raw stainless steels, verifying the chemical makeup of the material and providing SIGN with the assurance that their order contains the appropriate alloy.

About Bruker Corporation:
Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR) is a leading provider of high-performance scientific instruments and solutions for molecular and materials research, as well as for industrial and applied analysis.

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