Building Trust, Confidence and Performance through Better Quality Control

We are fascinated watching masters of Japanese swordsmithing, as they create knives and swords of outstanding performance using traditional techniques and materials. Basically they follow an almost thousand-year-old recipe. They repeatedly heat, fold and hammer the steel blade, reducing the amount of impurities and enhancing both the hardness and the ductility, leading to extraordinary toughness. Japanese swordsmiths simply forge the best blades in the world.

What is typically not known is that each blade consists of three types of steel: a low carbon steel for the core of the blade, and a high carbon steel and a special cast iron used for the outer skin. In former times, only three or four times per year, these special steels were made in old furnaces called tatara, and only a small fraction was suitable for the blade forging. During these times, these steels were exclusively sold to the master swordsmiths. In close partnership, both the steelmakers and the swordsmiths, found the way to perfection. Since the swordmaker could trust the material, he could concentrate on forging the perfect blade out of the steel bloom. And steelmakers could know exactly the properties and composition of the steels requested by the masters.

As is true for almost every craftsman, when they can trust their suppliers and have confidence in the material, they can concentrate on delivering outstanding performance and the best design. Bruker has learned this lesson and has created the analytical tools to understand material composition and characteristics, allowing close monitoring along the production from the raw material over intermediates to the final product.

With our X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers, we can precisely analyze the material composition of any metal. Using our Optical Emission Spectrometers (OES), we can analyze even the lowest traces and impurities in the metal, while our combustion/fusion analyzers (CS/ONH) deliver carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen concentrations. Of course, not only elemental information is critical. With our X-Ray Diffractometers (XRD), strength and texture in metal parts, such as pistons and bearings, are determined.

We can proudly say: our analytical tools for industrial quality control are based on the long history of perfect craftsmanship and are the basis for the trust and confidence that designers and makers require to deliver the very best products with outstanding performance.


Simple, Fast and Reliable Industrial XRD

The D8 ENDEAVOR is a powerful process and quality control instrument designed to handle the rigors of industrial environments. By combining a simple user interface with the latest Bruker innovations — including the LYNXEYE XE-T and Dynamic Beam Optimization (DBO) — the D8 ENDEAVOR allows the consistent application of XRD methods in a semi- or fully automated environment. To learn more, please watch our new video.



Climate-Neutral Steel Production with Process and Quality Under Control

One key success factor for primary metal manufacturers on their way to reach ambitious goals, is a complete elemental analysis. Bruker is committed to supporting the metals industry by supplying state-of-the-art metal analyzers. With Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES) being the workhorse for all metal analysis tasks, the recent introduction of the Q4 TASMAN Series 2 is just one example. In this article, Dr. Peter Paplewski reviews the benefits of process and quality control to steel production as well as the planet, including CO2 emissions.


PHOTON III detector efficiency

PHOTON III X-ray Detector – Best Efficiency Over a Wide Energy Range

The X-ray experiment in this six-minute video demonstrates the impact of choosing the proper X-ray absorber on the X-ray detector efficiency for short wavelengths, such as Mo-Kα and Ag-Kα radiation. Dr. Tobias Stürzer, Head of Single Crystal Application for Bruker, describes Detector Quantum Efficiency (DQE), the capability of your PHOTON X-ray detector to reliably absorb and faithfully detect all incoming photons of a wide range of energies. 



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