Last year, the thought of an enjoyable and active summer was just a dream for so many of us. This summer, with vaccination rates on the rise and restrictions on socializing, community activities and travel lifted, those dreams began to come true. We hope you were able to realize at least some of your summer dreams this year and stayed safe while doing so.
Although summer is on its way out in the northern hemisphere, fortunately this only applies to the weather. As in the song "The Heat is On", written by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey, and released as soundtrack to the motion picture film “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984), the heat is still on, though not necessarily “on the street”, but on the metals industry.
Very Hot Metal
Steel prices are spiking worldwide, and iron ore prices are rising as a global economy recovery drives up demand. Sectors such as manufacturing and construction are running at full speed, and governments have committed to invest in infrastructure to find their way back to post-pandemic growth. That is a boon for steelmakers, who are suddenly enjoying healthy profit margins – and optimism – after a miserable 2020. Steelmakers' furnaces will certainly continue to run at maximum capacity, as the global upturn triggers a strong wave of buying that cannot be absorbed by production. Nevertheless, the steel and metal industry, like other raw material producers, are facing enormous challenges to reduce its carbon footprint, or even to reach a net-zero production, within a reasonable timeframe.
High-quality steel is a driver of innovation and an indispensable material for numerous sectors – including those relevant to successful climate change. Therefore, the ambitious goal must be achieved without compromising on quality and steel grades. One key success factor for metal manufacturers and foundries of all sizes is a complete elemental analysis solution. Bruker AXS is committed to supporting the metals industry by supplying state-of-the art metal analyzers. With spark-optical emission spectrometry as the accepted workhorse for all metal analysis tasks, we are pleased to present – today – the latest addition to our line of spark spectrometers.
Q4 POLO – The Little Giant in Metals Analysis
The new Q4 POLO is a compact Spark Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) with superior analytical performance for a multitude of applications across the metals industry, combining high-precision analysis capabilities with low cost of ownership and small footprint. The Q4 POLO combines multiple innovations to reach performance levels not achieved before in compact metal analyzers, like:
- Outstanding precision, particularly on light elements
- Excellent results in the challenging analysis of cast iron
- Reliable analysis of nitrogen at low ppm levels in low alloyed steels
- Analysis of oxygen in copper
Just as impressive as the results achieved by the Q4 POLO is its incredible long-term stability. The absence of thermal- and contamination-based drifts reduces the need for cleaning and recalibrations, leading to stable results around the clock. Reliable, high-precision analysis is now available for every foundry and production floor. With its unique features, the Q4 POLO will help users to obtain results faster, easier, and more cost-effectively than ever before.