New Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Field X-ray Lab for Consumer Goods Testing

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced the launch of the Niton® FXL field x-ray lab as the newest member of its family of Thermo Scientific Niton x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers ( for consumer goods and electronics testing. It offers the highest performance and lowest levels of detection in the product line, as well as providing superior accuracy with encrypted, tamperproof data. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world’s leading manufacturer of handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers.



With more regulations and directives, such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), California’s Proposition 65 and Europe’s EN-71, controlling permissible levels of toxic metals in consumer goods, an effective screening program using portable XRF analysis can greatly reduce the chances that lead or cadmium-containing materials will enter the manufacturing process or accidentally end up on store shelves. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe (PROSAFE), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs & Border Protection and other regulators have chosen and trust Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers.

“We want to reach out to as many stakeholders as possible and let them know that XRF is a proven and accepted technology that is effective in preventing contaminated toys, jewelry and other child-accessible products from reaching children. With the introduction of the Niton FXL field x-ray lab, we offer a range of products, both field-mobile and handheld, geared toward helping importers, brand owners and retailers implement a standardized inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance at all stages of the supply chain,” said Marc Tremblay, vice president/general manager for Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers.

Tremblay continued, “All of our analyzers have the proven ability to quickly and reliably provide rapid testing solutions, which accrue from the instruments’ portability, ease-of-use, speed and nondestructive nature. XRF complements rather than replaces lab-based testing, allowing for an optimized, two-stage process for finding problem toys, jewelry, apparel and other consumer goods, including packaging and electronics. Additionally, our unique Thermo Scientific TestAll technology allows non-technical users to automatically differentiate the presence of lead on the surface or in the substrate of the tested object.”

Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Field X-ray Lab
The Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Series field x-ray lab delivers XRF-based elemental analysis with lab-quality testing performance and low levels of detection for up to 40 critical elements. Housed in a compact, portable package that can be operated virtually anywhere onsite, this elemental analysis lab offers outstanding performance, features, and mobility.

  • True lab-quality performance with superior level of elemental detection
  • Nondestructive with accurate, consistent elemental analysis in minutes – or less
  • Easy to use, with little operator training required
  • Lightweight and ruggedly designed for field and manufacturing operations
  • Available with 1 mm, 3 mm and 8 mm spot sizes
  • X-Y positioning of the XRF head for locating a precise area on the sample for testing
  • Closed-beam design requires minimal licensing in most countries

The Niton FXL is constructed from durable Lexan* plastic that is both dust- and water-resistant to operate flawlessly in harsh environments. Compact and weighing less than 30 pounds (14 kg), it’s easy to transport and operate at an incoming warehouse loading dock, manufacturing line or performing on-site vendor audits. The Niton FXL is based on our proven, purpose-built software: there’s no PC required, alleviating the worry of a computer crash and loss of data. Not only does this breakthrough instrument include advanced batteries that support extended continuous operation on a single charge, it is also free of air filters that can clog if not maintained.

A Family of Handheld Thermo Scientific Niton XRF Analyzers
Handheld, award-winning Niton XL2 Series and Niton XL3 Series XRF analyzers, both available with GOLDD technology, are purpose-built for taking measurements anywhere, anytime, with accurate results available in seconds, saving significant expense compared to traditional laboratory testing. These easy-to-use, nondestructive instruments provide integrated storage of all test results, which are completely tamperproof. Multiple communication options are incorporated, including Bluetooth* wireless and USB communications.

Both analyzers also come standard with Thermo Scientific Niton Data Transfer (NDT©) software, a suite of data management utilities that allows users to set operator permissions, print certificates of analysis to document results, export data into standard formats (.csv or MS Excel*), or operate the analyzer remotely from a PC. The NDT file format preserves and protects the original data from each sample analysis, ensuring that data is not unintentionally or intentionally compromised.

Thermo Fisher Scientific customers are served through corporate resources and a dedicated network of more than 70 distributors and 30 factory-trained service centers around the world. Thermo Scientific Niton analyzers are available in a range of configurations and with an assortment of optional features and accessories to suit a wide variety of analytical needs.

For more information or to schedule an onsite demonstration, contact a local Niton Analyzers representative or Thermo Fisher Scientific directly at 800-875-1578 (toll-free U.S.), +1 978-670-7460, via email at or by visiting

*Lexan is a registered trademark of GE Plastics. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.