Uralvagonzavod Corporation launches new equipment at Kirov enterprise

March 18, 2015. An up-to-date OES analyzer was launched at the central lab of Uralvagonzavod Corporation’s LEPSE Electric Machine-Building Plant in Kirov. The analyzer can determine the composition of various metals and iron-, copper-, aluminum-, tin-, and titanium-based alloys. The launch of this new machine means that optical emission spectroscopy can be performed faster and in a more precise way, which takes the lab onto a better, higher level, the corporation’s press service reports.

‘In contrast to our old equipment, the new spectrometer relies on the CCD (charge-coupled device) that is suited for ultraviolet imaging. Light enters an optical system here either directly or via an optical fiber. This means that the analysis isn’t affected by temperature fluctuations or vibrations and is very precise,’ the press service says.

The new OES analyzer tests materials for carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus content. The modern technologies that the new machine is based on make it possible to stop using the obsolete and labor-inefficient methods of analysis and still get a complete picture of the chemical composition of tested steels. Testing twenty samples of copper-nickel, a copper-based alloy with high manganese, nickel, and ore content used to take a whole shift; now it only takes one to one and a half hours.

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